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June 22, 2012


Scholarships for Military Children program has 7 recipients at McCoy

Seven students in the Fort McCoy Commissary community, including three from Sparta and one from Tomah, have been awarded $1,500 scholarships through the Scholarships for Military Children Program.

An award ceremony was held June 12 at the Fort McCoy Commissary to honor the recipients, who are/will be attending a four-year college or university.

PHOTO: Steve Brown, Commissary store director, and Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott are pictured with Scholarships for Military Children recipients Ryan Kauffman and Allison Zwarycz. Photo by Rob Schuette
Steve Brown, Commissary store director, and Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott are pictured with Scholarships for Military Children recipients Ryan Kauffman and Allison Zwarycz, who each received $1,500 scholarships at a Fort McCoy ceremony. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Allison Zwarycz and her parents, Mary Jo and David, and Ryan Kauffman and his parents, Diana and Mark, all from Sparta, attended. She will major in biology and attend Viterbo University in La Crosse. He will major in criminal justice and attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The other local recipients (student, followed by sponsor in parenthesis) are: Amanda Byrne (Bill Byrne) from Sparta and Kyle Werstein (Tim Werstein) from Tomah. Other recipients include: Amelia Black (Gary Black) from Duluth, Minn.: Autumn Herr (Paul Herr) from Hibbing, Minn.: and Scott Anderson (Mark Anderson) from Robbinsdale, Minn.

Steve Brown, store director at the Fort McCoy Commissary, said this is the first time in recent memory the commissary has had this many local recipients. He also noted many of the students couldn’t attend because they were performing volunteer work out of state.

It was the fourth-consecutive year the Fort McCoy Commissary had seven scholarship recipients, the most the store has ever had, he said. The Fort McCoy Commissary has been able to present four to seven scholarships yearly.

“The Scholarships for Military Children program is one of many programs initiated by the Defense Commissary Agency to involve commissaries even more deeply in the fabric of the military community,” Brown said. “Scholarships for Military Children — which is funded by the vendors and manufacturers who sell groceries to you every day — makes the premier military benefit even more valuable by offering military children the chance to earn a $1,500 scholarship.”

Unilever is the Fort McCoy Commissary scholarship sponsor. Scholarships are presented to students attending four-year colleges or universities.

“Community involvement is what the Fort McCoy Commissary is all about, and Scholarships for Military Children is one way to show we care,” he added. “The commissary system has long supported promotions with a focus on education.”

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott told the recipients he was extremely proud of them, and noted that no one achieves a goal such as this without a little help from everyone — in their case parents, counselors, teachers, etc.
“College is not just a rite of passage,” Nott said. “It’s an opportunity to fill your mind with knowledge.”

College can develop leaders, who are smart and ethical and will help the future generations succeed, he said.

“We’re excited to report that the scholarship program continues to be a success in helping military Families defray the cost of education,” said Defense Commissary Agency Director and Chief Executive Officer Joseph H. Jeu in a news release. “We’re proud to be associated with a program that has awarded 6,069 scholarships totaling more than $9.3 million since its inception in 2001.”

Scholarship Managers, a professional scholarship firm, selects the winners based on academic merit, participation in extracurricular and volunteer activities, and the quality of their essays. The full list of scholarship recipients and sponsoring business partners can be found online at http://www.militaryscholar.org.

The Scholarships for Military Children program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization responsible for building comfort homes near military medical centers.

The foundation bears all costs of the program so that every dollar donated goes for scholarships.

The general public has the opportunity to donate to the program through the military scholar website.

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