CHAPEL HILL — A University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ROTC student, who came out two days after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, is now been summoned to repay the $79,265.14 in scholarships she received from the U.S. military over seven semesters.

Sarah Isaacson recently resigned from Reserve Officer Training because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” considerations. She could no longer serve in silence.

She considered herself straight when she was awarded the scholarship. Her later realization brought her to come to terms with her sexuality.

She had gotten financial aid from the university, but later was able to receive the Army funds for her education. When that happened, she lost the original scholarship funding.

She told that she is unsure of how she is going to repay the money. She felt being open was the only way she could have real peace with regard to the military’s values of honor and integrity. She had always wanted to serve and did not want to live a lie and violate Army core principles.

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.