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Commissary honors 7 scholars

Seven students in the Fort McCoy community were recognized for their academic achievements and awarded $1,500 scholarships during a July 10 ceremony for the Scholarship for Military Children program.

Photo: Lydia B. Soderlund and Joshua C. McCluskey, scholarship recipients, are pictured with Steve Brown and Lt. Col. Annie Jackson. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Lydia B. Soderlund and Joshua C. McCluskey, scholarship recipients, are pictured with Steve Brown and Lt. Col. Annie Jackson. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

The seven were among the 625 students recognized by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)-wide in 2009. Since the competition began nine years ago, 4,800 students have received more than $7.3 million in financial benefits from the program.

Steve Brown, Fort McCoy Commissary store manager, said the Scholarship for Military Children program is one of many programs initiated by DeCA to involve commissaries in their military communities.

"Community involvement is what the Fort McCoy Commissary is all about, and Scholarships for Military Children is one way to show we care," Brown said.

The sponsor for the 2009 Fort McCoy scholarships is Bob Abell of C. Lloyd Johnsonís, which represents Marcal Paper Mills, Inc. Fort McCoy Garrison Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Annie Jackson helped Brown present the awards.

Scholarship recipients Joshua C. McCluskey, son of Roy and Rowena McCluskey of Hillpoint, Wis., and Lydia B. Soderlund, daughter of Eric and Mary Soderlund of Wausau, Wis., were present to accept their scholarships. They also received certificates, a pin and a commissary shopping spree.

McCluskey will be a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and plans to major in civil engineering. Soderlund will be a junior at UW-Stevens Point and is majoring in dietetics, with the goal of becoming a registered dietician. This marks the third consecutive year she has received a DeCA scholarship.

Five recipients were unable to attend the ceremony and were: Crysta Culp of Lakeville, Minn.; Matthew Engelhardt (parents Dale and Alice Engelhardt) of Deforest, Iowa; Michael Schultz (Greg and Debbie Schultz) of New Berlin, Wis.; Ben Polach (Joe and Janet Polach) of St. Louis Park, Minn.; and Chelsea Smith of Eagan, Minn.


"Community involvement is what the Fort McCoy Commissary is all about, and Scholarships for Military Children is one way to show we care."

Steve Brown,
Commissary Store Manager

Engelhardt will be a freshman at UW-Oshkosh and major in athletic training. Schultz will be a junior at Ohio Northern University, where he is majoring in pre-pharmacy. This is his third consecutive year receiving a scholarship. Smith will be a senior at Bellmont University, Nashville, Tenn., where she is majoring in nursing.

Jackson noted the students showed dedication to academic excellence through their commitment and perseverance.

Unlike many of their counterparts, these students have to endure frequent moves and separations from their military parents, such as when they are deployed.

"We have to realize these students and their accomplishments are so much more than regular students," Jackson said. "... They have dedication to overall excellence."

"Steve Brown and his staff also are an integral part of the quality of life at Fort McCoy," she added.

Fisher House Foundation administers the program through Scholarship Managers. Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House executive vice president of communications, said "The (studentsí) average grade-point average was 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. We are truly getting the best and the brightest of our militaryís children."

The 2010 scholarship season will begin Nov. 1. For more information about the program, visit the Web site http://www.militaryscholar.org.

To see a complete listing of this yearís scholarship recipients, click on "view 2009 winners."

For more information about the Commissary in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-3542 or visit building 1537.

(Information in this story also is from the Defense Commissary Agency.)

 

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