Sasebo student wins Scholarships for Military Children
One of the military community's premier benefits has become even more valuable to 600 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 for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide. All of the recipients are listed at www.militaryscholar.org, the official website for the program.
Kershaun Lustre of FPO, AP is a recipient of a $2,000 college scholarship awarded at Sasebo. Sasebo is one of over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). Kershaun, who plans to enroll at University of Florida, participated in various school and community activities such as basketball, National Honor Society, NJROTC, choir, and Peer Helper Association.
The Scholarship 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 2014 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 "Aside from service member deployments, what do you consider the greatest challenge military families face? Please discuss why you think this issue creates difficulties. Given the authority, what policy changes would you make to resolve this problem?"
Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various other contests and promotions. Kershaun's scholarship at Sasebo was funded through the generosity of Snyder's - Lance.
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 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. Coté, 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."