Lydia B. Soderlund and
Joshua C. McCluskey, scholarship recipients, are pictured with
Steve Brown and Lt. Col. Annie Jackson. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
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.
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.
involvement is what the Fort McCoy Commissary is all about, and
Scholarships for Military Children is one way to show we care,"
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
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
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."
Commissary Store Manager
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.
noted the students showed dedication to academic excellence through
their commitment and perseverance.
many of their counterparts, these students have to endure frequent
moves and separations from their military parents, such as when they
have to realize these students and their accomplishments are so much
more than regular students," Jackson said. "... They have
dedication to overall excellence."
Brown and his staff also are an integral part of the quality of life
at Fort McCoy," she added.
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
2010 scholarship season will begin Nov. 1. For more information about
the program, visit the Web site http://www.militaryscholar.org.
see a complete listing of this yearís scholarship recipients, click
on "view 2009 winners."
more information about the Commissary in the Fort McCoy community,
call 608-388-3542 or visit building 1537.
in this story also is from the Defense Commissary Agency.)