Coast Guard member wins first ever Alabama Online Legendary Service Award

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

The University of Alabama Online has named U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Laura McDonald as the recipient of the first UA Online Legendary Service Award.

This award honors a past or present military service member who has performed excellent service to their country and community.

McDonald is a marine inspector and investigator who is stationed in Virginia and earning her master’s degree in communication studies from UA Online.

She will receive a tuition grant and will be honored during the Nov. 13 Alabama-New Mexico State football game.

“If I continue to move up into the senior ranks, communication is going to serve me well,” McDonald said in a statement. “I’m excited to apply what I learn through this degree to improve the organization. My whole job is really communicating during inspections, investigations and to students, so this degree program felt like a natural fit.” 

McDonald said she encourages other service members interested in continuing their education not to wait for the perfect moment, but to dive in and get started.

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