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Evan Kowalski

United States Army
J.D. Candidate, Class of 2023
Law School

“I want to pay it forward. I’ve learned lessons that enable me to offer meaningful advice to students as they pursue their goals and careers.”

Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2014. I served as a Logistics Officer overseas in Germany where I worked primarily with NATO Allies and partner nations in eastern Europe. I also served in Virginia where I focused on strategic logistics through managing vessel operations in support of global deployments across the DoD. The Army’s diversity, in every sense of the word, has been the most impactful aspect of my service.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

I am beyond excited to work with students at Vanderbilt and wish to impart values I’ve gained through my military service and academic studies. Particularly, through my background in Holocaust and genocide studies, I believe that there are many lessons to share regardless of one’s career ambitions such as the importance of integrity and personal courage.

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

I will pursue my J.D. degree and wish to pursue international law.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

The Bass Scholars Program offers an incredible opportunity to bridge the gap between military and civilian life at one of the premier academic institutions in America!