Rick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering. Upon graduation, he completed flight training and served as an F/A-18 pilot. Outside of active duty commitments, Rick completed medical school pre-requisites and was accepted to Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson medical school. Rick understands the challenges of being accepted to medical school as a ‘non-traditional’ applicant and looks forward to making that transition easier for those with similar pursuits. He is humbled to be amidst the 2015 class of Tillman scholars.