Business Insider has included two Culver Military graduates in its list of “14 Incredibly Impressive Students at West Point.”
Austin Welch ’11, a member of West Point’s Class of 2015, and Luke Schumacher ’10, a member of West Point’s Class of 2014, have been cited by the website for going above and beyond the call of duty at the United States Military Academy.
This past summer Welch went on a humanitarian relief mission to provide medical care in the rural villages of Panama. He provided basic medical assistance to patients, received additional trauma training, and learned elementary optometry skills in order to issue glasses. Welch also vaccinated animals to help eliminate the spread of disease.
He has served on similar missions trips in parts of China, Africa, Mexico, and Europe.
Schumacher, who speaks Modern Arabic and Jordanian colloquial Arabic, has been published twice in academic journals. One article concerned the contemporary Islamic doctrine of jihad. The second covered the effects of Egyptian regime change on the country’s prospects for war and peace.
He has tutored Jordanian children in English and math while studying abroad in Amman. He is also the project manager of an initiative aimed at improving the lives of residents at battered women’s shelters, the team captain and fund-raising assistant for Relay For Life events, and a Special Olympics coach.