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
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
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
“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
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
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.