Tuesday, July 17, 2012 —
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 “Honor Roll” is impressive. Over 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.
Kristi Walker of Albemarle is a recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded at Fort Bragg North Post. Fort Bragg North Post is one of the over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). Walker’s pares are Randi and Diane Walker. She is enrolled, or plans to enroll at UNC at Chapel Hill. Walker’s school and community activities include: Phi Theta Kappa, president; Spanish Cultural Immersion – Costa Rica; National Excellence in Leadership Award; Rotary Interact Club; and Dance 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 2012 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 “Whose Four (4) Faces Would You Place on a 21st Century Mount Rushmore Type of Monument, and Why?” The persons must be non-fictional, U.S. citizens, male or female – the time frame for selection is 1850 to 2011.”
Manufactures and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various other contests and promotions. Kristi’s scholarship at Fort Bragg North Post was funded through the generosity of Procter & Gamble.
The Fisher House Foundation administers the Scholarships 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 years 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 scholarships programs we administer.