One of the military community’s premier benefits has become even more valuable to 700 college and high school students. The annual Scholarships for Military Children Program winners have been announced and the “Honor Roll” is impressive. Approximately 5,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide.
Carly Hall of Mount Pleasant is a recipient of a $2,000 college scholarship awarded at Charleston AFB. Charleston AFB is one of over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). Hall plans to enroll at the University of Notre Dame. Her school and community activities include: Cross Country, Swim Team, Girls State Youth Court and Key Club.
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was initiated in 2000 to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college-enrolled students. The scholarship program is open to qualified sons and daughters of members of the U.S. Armed Services including active duty, retirees, guard/reserves, as well as children of deceased military personnel. Applications are turned in through commissaries.
Applicants for the 2018 program were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities, and write an essay on “With the development of high speed internet you are now living in a world that is completely different than 20 years ago. What are the pluses and minuses for society and the family? How would you address the minuses?”
Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various other contests and promotions. Hall’s scholarship at Charleston AFB was funded through the generosity of Fisher House Foundation.
As in prior year programs, the level of competition continues to be very keen. “The cumulative GPA remains in the 3.7 to 3.9 range,” said Bernard T. Cote, president of Scholarship Managers.
“As in all prior years, the caliber of the applicants to the ‘Scholarships for Military Children Program’ continues to be a step above those students who apply to the many other scholarship programs we administer,” Cote added.
All of the recipients are TMed for more information visit, rhilitaryscholar.org.