Meet our Scholars


Rachel Gruber

Rachel Gruber is a 2011 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. She commissioned as a Quartermaster officer after graduation and was assigned to 3rd STB, 3-101 at Ft Campbell, Kentucky. She has deployed once to Afghanistan, and has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one OLC, Combat Action Badge, and Air Assault badge.

Rachel currently attends college where she is working on completing her nursing degree and specializing in critical care. She plans on working at the VA Medical Center with the hopes of giving back to fellow Veterans in their time of need.

Rachel is passionate about serving her fellow Veterans and families and advocating for their health.

“I am grateful for a universal life lesson my military service gave me - when something becomes difficult, you must grit your teeth and see it through.”


Mitchell Piwowar

Mitchell Piwowar enlisted in the US Army in 2014 with an Option 40 contract. After he completed OSUT at Ft Benning, Airborne, and RASP, Mitchell was assigned to C Co, 1/75 at Hunter Army Airfield, GA. He has deployed three times to Afghanistan and has been awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger tab, and Airborne badge.

Mitchell currently attends college where he is majoring in Biochemistry. He intends to attend Physicians Assistant (PA) school where he hopes to return to Regiment and serve as a civilian PA.

Mitchell is passionate about helping fellow Veterans transition from military service and to help dispel some of the misconceptions that Veterans face amongst civilians.

“We can take care of each other just like we always have and help create a stronger, smarter, and more diverse class of Ranger scholars.”


Eric Gross

Eric Gross enlisted in the US Army in 2012 with an Option 40 contract. After completing Basic, AIT, Airborne, and RASP, Eric was assigned to D Co 3/75 at Ft Benning, GA. He has deployed to Afghanistan once and to Korea once. He has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Airborne badge.

Eric has been accepted to a Master Gunsmithing program where he intends to marry his passion for firearms into continuing to serve fellow Veterans by giving them an outlet and community after separating from service.

Eric is passionate about creating bonds and relationships with other Veterans, especially in an outdoor setting, as they transition into civilian life.

“… we have the chance to radiate what we have learned to those around us who are wavering on their own path”