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H.N.D. scholarship winner wants to join the military one day

6:22 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At 17-years-old, Yuzo Yamamoto is pulling double duty.

Not only is he enrolled as a senior at Englewood High School, he is also in an early college program.

That means when he graduates high school, he will also have an associate's degree.

"Every day I thank God for it, for giving me the strength and the endurance because college isn't easy. It's really stressful," he said about the multitasking.

The issue for he and his family is figuring out how to pay for two more years of college so he can get his bachelor's degree.

Yamamoto said, "I was really worried about my next two years."

So his mother, Liliana Furry, nominated her son for our Hero Next Door student scholarship giveaway.

"We are very proud of my son for his hard work," she said.

In her nomination, she pointed out Yamamoto's 3.93 grade point average, his work as a translator and his service in the JROTC program at Englewood.

Then Tuesday morning, Yamamoto was speechless and overcome with emotion when he learned he had won the $1,000 scholarship.

"I had no idea," he said.

Yamamoto moved to the United States about 11 years ago with his mother, not knowing the language or his future.

Now, with the help of the scholarship money, his plan is to get a second degree and join the military.

One day he would like to defend the country he now calls home.

"I really want to serve my country, and I also plan on pursuing a military career," he said.

First Coast News has five more $1,000 scholarships to giveaway. You can see each winner receive theirs live on Good Morning Jacksonville.

Then, on May 22, one lucky student will win the grand prize $5,000 scholarship.

Jacob Long

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