Deryn Allen is a sophomore at Tennessee Technological University. She is majoring in Biology, and she is also on Tennessee Tech’s cheer squad.
Deryn was eight years old when her father, Army Staff Sergeant Charles "Chaz" Allen, stepped on a 40-pound improvised explosive device (IED) while on a dismounted patrol in Afghanistan. He instantly lost both legs along with other injuries. He and the family spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Deryn’s mom, Jessica, says “Deryn has been an incredible caregiver to her father and has stepped up to help her family many times over the years. I believe she is called to serve others. She is an amazing daughter, a wonderful sister, and well-loved by her teachers and coaches.”
The Allen Family says "The NGS scholarship truly lightens the load on our family and we are so appreciative!"
NGS would like to thank UBS 1285 for their amazing support in making Deryn’s dreams come true.