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 June 25, 2010

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Fort McCoy Commissary has 6 winners in military scholarship program

By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Six students in the Fort McCoy Commissary community will receive $1,500 scholarships as winners in the Scholarships for Military Children program.

The Fort McCoy students are among the 644 recipients receiving scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year. Since the program began 10 years ago, almost 58,000 applications have been submitted, with 5,401 scholarship recipients receiving more than $8.3 million in financial benefits.

The Fort McCoy Commissary-area students who received scholarships for 2010-11 are: Nicole J. Lee, Apple Valley, Minn.; Jacob W. Gay, West Salem, Wis.; Kevin L. Pulvermacher, Benton, Wis.; Megan M. Neitzel, Camp Douglas, Wis.; Crysta E. Culp, Lakeville, Minn.; and Michael G. Schultz, New Berlin, Wis. Culp and Schultz are repeat winners who also received the scholarships for 2009-2010.

“We’re pleased the program awarded scholarships to six students in our community,” said Steve Brown, Fort McCoy Commissary store manager. “It shows we support the education of our youth.”

“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.

Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) officials said the program was created to provide education opportunities for the children of military Families in recognition of the challenges faced by military Families, their contribution to the readiness of the fighting force, and the role of the commissaries in the community.

Each year the scholarships are open to qualified sons and daughters of U.S. military identification-card holders, to include active-duty, retirees, and Guard and Reserve members. Graduating high-school seniors, as well as students currently enrolled in a four-year program are eligible to apply. A minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstration of community involvement are among the requirements used for consideration.

This year applicants submitted an essay on the topic: “What would you place in a time capsule to help people opening the capsule in the next century understand military life today? Explain your choice(s).”

The scholarships were coordinated and/or funded by DeCA, the Fisher House Foundation and Land O’ Lakes.
Applications for the 2011-12 scholarship program are expected to be available in November. Each year, at least one scholarship is awarded at each Commissary.

For more information about the program, visit the websites http://www.militaryscholar.org or http://www.commissaries.com.
For more information about the Fort McCoy Commissary, visit building 1537, or call 608-388-3542. Commissaries are only open to authorized military-eligible personnel.

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