Bust of Lt. Cmdr Erik Kristensen who died in action in 2005
September 10, 2018

Scholarship funds three Summer Session students

Thanks to the Lt. Cmdr. Erik Kristensen Scholarship Fund, three students were able to attend Summer Session 2018
by Jill Clerkin

Three students who have or had a parent serving in the military attended Andover’s popular five-week Summer Session program thanks to the Lt. Cmdr. Erik Kristensen Scholarship Fund. Created by the Andover and the Military alumni group, the fund is supported by AATM members, the Hewett Family Fund, and many others in the Andover community.

“It has been one of the best summers of my life,” said Sarah, a 2018 Kristensen Scholar.


Sarah is the first generation in her family to attend high school and college in the United States. “My dad joined the U.S Army in his early 40s and was stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas,” says Sarah. “Two years ago, in the line of duty, he passed away unexpectedly leaving behind my mom, brother, and me. I have always admired my dad’s devotion and patriotism and will never forget the sacrifices he made for our family and country.” 


Liam and his family have moved often, living in places such as Japan and Hawaii. His father began 20 years of service as a submarine officer in 1996 following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. Liam’s Summer Session courses included Advanced Topics in Algebra and Precalculus. “It was exciting,” he says, “to engage in discussions and participate in classes with other teenagers from around the world. My physics class alone had students from seven countries.” Liam enjoyed a student tour of West Point in October.


Jesus especially enjoys marine biology and is a strong student in math, English, and world languages. “While at Summer Session, I was able to add to many new U.S. and international friends to those I have met while living and attending school in five different countries in the past five years,” says Jesus. Jesus’s father is an officer in the Navy.

A Navy SEAL, Lt. Cmdr. Erik Kristensen ’91 lost his life on June 28, 2005 during Operation Red Wing during an attempt to rescue fellow SEALS in Afghanistan.

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