2017 Tillman Scholar
Candice grew up in a military family where a deep sense of service was portrayed daily by her father, an Air Force Aircraft Technician. Like many of her peers, the events of 9/11 re-shaped Candice’s outlook on life and it became evident it was time to follow in his footsteps. Candice accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005, earned her aviation “Wings of Gold” in 2008, and was designated a F/A-18 Weapon Systems Officer in 2010. Candice spent the next three years fighting the Global War on Terrorism from the skies above at home and abroad. She currently trains high risk of capture personnel at Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School – East.
In 2013, Candice founded Rise Above Seven Summits to bring awareness to the struggles she witnessed within communities while traveling abroad both in uniform and out. The project seeks to create awareness through climbing the highest peaks on each continent, while simultaneously providing peer-based fiscal support to grass root charities within the region. To date, Candice has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Denali, raising over $10,000 for projects in Tanzania and the United States.
Candice’s experiences with Rise Above Seven Summits has shown her a world in need of care and compassion. Because of this, Candice is pursuing a Master of Medical Science degree at Wake Forest School of Medicine. As a physician assistant, she hopes to combine her love for adventure and passion for service to help remote communities in a tangible and sustainable way.