Local military children receive scholarships from commissary

Marine Corps Air Station New River
Story by Lance Cpl. Jorden Wells

Date: 08.10.2012
Posted: 08.20.2012 15:48
News ID: 93539
Local military children receive scholarships from commissary

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - The Marine Corps Air Station New River Commissary gifted four local students with scholarships, as part of Scholarships for Military Families, Aug. 10.<br /> <br /> The scholarships were courtesy of the Scholarships for Military Children program, the program's focus is to provide educational assistance to the children of our military members.<br /> <br /> The local recipients of the four scholarships given this year were Jalayana K. Miller, Sarah E. Medlin, Desirae Seals and Hayley E. Barber.<br /> <br /> The recipients of the scholarships were chosen based on a number of requirements including grade point average, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and an essay written about an assigned topic.<br /> <br /> “I wrote my essay on great people throughout history that no one really knew that made a big impact on the world like Albert Einstein and Rosa Parks,” said Desirae Seals, one of the scholarship recipients.<br /> <br /> Scholarships for Military Children has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to military children around the world.<br /> <br /> This year alone the foundation has awarded 670 students with more than $1 million in scholarships.<br /> <br /> “The scholarships that were presented to the students totaled $1,500 each, supported by Kellogg’s and Fisher House Foundation,” said Frank Heffron, the commissary store assistant director.<br /> <br /> “I am attending UNC Chapel Hill and will be majoring in nursing. I would love to be a traveling nurse for a few years after completing school, then I would like to come back and attend graduate school to become a nurse practitioner,” said Seals.<br /> <br /> The Defense Commissary Agency is a worldwide chain of stores that offer groceries to military personnel and their families in a safer environment for less.<br /> <br /> “The Defense Commissary Agency is proud to be involved with a program that helps support the educational needs of our military children,” said Joseph H. Jeu the Defense Commissary Agency director and CEO.<br /> <br /> “I would like to thank everyone who participates in funding this scholarship program who helped many deserving young people achieve their goal of getting a college education,” Jeu said.