Air Force dependent Anthony Visciotti was awarded a $3,000 Paladin Capital Group/ThanksUSA scholarship to begin undergraduate studies at Centenary College of Louisiana.
Anthony says, “For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for serving and protecting others.” During his junior year of high school, Anthony was selected to represent the youth of Louisiana at the FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program. The experience helped Anthony channel his enthusiasm into the goal of becoming a federal law enforcement agent with the United States Marshals Service.
To gain a better understanding of society's influence on crime, Anthony has chosen to major in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. After completing his undergrad, Anthony plans to pursue a graduate degree in Criminal Justice. "My ultimate career goal is to be a member of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force."
This summer, Anthony will be interning with the U.S. Marshals Service at the Shreveport Federal Courthouse. He hopes to transition into the U.S. Marshals Service through the newly created Pathways Program.
Anthony's desire to serve is more than a long-term goal, it is a guiding principle in his life. When a devastating flood swept through his hometown, Anthony assisted with search and rescue efforts. As a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, he raises funds for the Military Heroes Campaign and participates in community service throughout the Shreveport area. He also enjoys serving his church as a guitarist and playing intramural sports.
Anthony is also very proud of his family's military heritage. His father retired from the U.S. Air Force and his mother is a former U.S. Air Force Reservist. Anthony's grandfather served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. "Education was very important to him as he never finished high school - he went into World War II instead and later got his GED. He would always tell me that I was smart, to work hard, and to 'do your own college so you will appreciate it.' I have worked hard my entire school career to honor what he told me."
Anthony carries on that work ethic and he certainly appreciates the financial assistance of the Paladin Capital Group/ThanksUSA scholarship. "Thank you for your investment in my future. I will always remember your contribution to not only my college education, but to all the military family members that you help. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of ThanksUSA and their sponsors."