The United States Coast Guard Academy announced that Erin Holland from Heber Springs, Arkansas has been recognized for superior academic achievement and leadership potential. Erin, who graduates this year as valedictorian from Heber Springs High School, has accepted an appointment to attend the Coast Guard Academy and will be sworn-in as a member of the Class of 2021 on June 26, 2017. 

The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut is an accredited college educating future Coast Guard officers. The smallest of our nation’s five military service academies, the Coast Guard Academy’s Corps of Cadets represents the nation’s best and brightest students, ready to serve and lead their country. Admission to the Coast Guard Academy is highly competitive and fewer than 400 appointments are offered annually from a pool of over 2,200 applicants. Cadets receive a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend for a five year service commitment to the Coast Guard upon graduation. All graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are guaranteed a position of leadership as commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard.

Erin is the daughter of Greg and Kathleen Holland and the granddaughter of the late Tom and Mary Holland of Heber Springs, and Elgia Bickford and the late Captain W.J. Bickford of Mobile, Alabama.