Monday, July 1, 2013
One of the military community’s premier benefits has become even more valuable to 670 college and high school students. The annual Scholarships for Military Children Program winners have been announced and the “Honpr Roll” is impressive. Approximately 5,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide. All of the recipients are listed at www.militaryscholar.org, the official website for the program.
Jennifer Bailey of Mount Pleasant is a recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded at Charleston NWS. Charleston NWS is one of more than 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). Jennifer’s parents are Tom Bailey and Janet Bailey. Jennifer is enrolled, or plans to enroll, at the College of Charleston. Jennifer’s school and community activities include: Wando Buddy Olympics; JDRF Walk; Christmas at the Citadel; Habitat for Humanity; Student Council.
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 andtlaughters 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 2013 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 “Please discuss in detail how one of the First Ladies (since 1933) has made an impact on a social issue in the United States.”
Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various other contests and promotions. Jennifer’s scholarship at Charleston NWS was funded through the generosity of Reynolds Consumer Products.
The Fisher House Foundation administers the Scholar-ships for Military Children Program through Scholarship Managers, a professional scholarship management services organization. Fisher House is known for building the military comfort homes near military medical facilities.
As in prior year’s 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.”