Jeffery Condry already had big plans to “pay it forward” before he became a recipient of the Jack K. Kiely Pay It Forward Scholarship. Condry is pursuing a major in political science at UNC Asheville with the goal of joining the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant while attending law school. But he’s not going to stop there. After graduation, his goal is to commission into active duty with the United States Marine Corps and serve as a Marine Judge Advocate.
Those are big goals, and they’re already taking a lot of work. But by receiving the Kiely Scholarship, Condry has more time to focus on his goals through his college career.
“This scholarship has alleviated a lot stress when it comes to the financial aspect of paying for college,” Condry said.
Condry’s dream to serve as a Marine Judge Advocate started as early as eighth grade with the hopes of being a prosecutor. After taking a civics class in high school, Condry’s passion for politics and the justice system grew.
That passion led him to his current studies as a political science major at UNC Asheville, and to Marine Corps Officer Candidates School over the summer.
“Marine Corps Officer Candidates School is, for a lack of a better word, intense. Candidates are placed in a stressful and demanding environment,” said Condry. “The goal is to see how they react under such conditions with the intent of screening and evaluating potential Marine Corps Officers.”
Condry hopes that is training at the officer candidates school and his education in political science will give him the ideal background to serve as a Marine Judge Advocate.
“As an officer of Marines and a Judge Advocate, I get to serve Marines in a legal capacity upholding the rule of law and at the same time providing legal aid to Marines and their families,” said Condry.
Condry is paying it forward on campus, too, and is actively involved in a variety organizations on UNC Asheville’s campus. He has served two terms as UNC Asheville’s Student Government Association Senator and served one semester as president of the Model United Nations. He is also involved in College Republicans, currently serving his fourth semester as the president.
He’s brought his attitude of service to the state level, as well. In the spring of 2019, Condry participated in an internship program with UNC Asheville and NC State as the North Carolina Senate Intern while working in the office of Deputy President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate, Senator Ralph Hise.
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