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Military children awarded $1,500 scholarships   

Caroline Williams
Defense Commissary Agency

Military children awarded $1,500 scholarshipsFORT LEE, Va. – This year, 600 military children cashed in on years of sacrifice and hard work in classrooms and homes across America and overseas for a $1,500 scholarship from the Scholarships for Military Children Program.

The Anchorage Area Commissary winners were Cailee Caldwell, Michael Deterra, Christopher Frenier and Aaron Gallagher

The scholarship program kicked off in 2001 and, according to Defense Commissary Agency officials, has awarded more than $6.4 million dollars in scholarships to more than 4,000 of the best and brightest children of military families. The program is funded by the public at large and by manufacturers, distributors and brokers that provide products and service to commissaries.

“Military families sacrifice so much in service to our country,” said DeCA Director and Chief Executive Officer Philip E. Sakowitz Jr. “Military children must learn to adapt with each permanent change of station, tackling the challenges of a new curriculum with each school they attend.”

Yet despite these hardships, the well-rounded quality of the scholarship applicants suggests military children flourish academically.

“The average GPA of the applicants is 3.8 to 3.9,” said Bernard Coté, president of Scholarship Managers, a professional firm that screens and awards scholarships for more than 400 programs. “The students are excellent, the grades are high, but in addition to that, their participation in school and community activities is overwhelming.”

According to DeCA officials, the scholarship program is a wonderful opportunity for commissaries to get involved in the lives of military families in a very practical and meaningful way and to honor the sacrifices they make in serving our country.

The 2009 Scholarships for Military Children season kicks off Nov. 1. For more information about the program, check out DeCA’s Web site at or the Military Scholar Web site at