MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- The base's Officers' Spouses Club awarded $7,125 in scholarships to local high school students and donations to local charities Monday at the organization's annual scholarship and induction banquet.
"The purpose of tonight's banquet is to award scholarships to highly deserving students bound for college, to award donations to charities and to install the 2003-2004 OSC elected board," said Barbara Brown, 2002-03 OSC president.
Kelly Wilson, an Albany High School student whose plans include pursuing a degree at the University Georgia, expressed her appreciation for the scholarship and the opportunity to attend the banquet. "They offered such a generous scholarship and I am thankful," said Wilson.
Wilson said that, like her colleagues who were recognized, she maintained a high grade point average throughout her school career and volunteered her time helping the community. This helped her and other scholarship recipients stand out.
Brown attributed the OSC's ability to provide the scholarships to several events sponsored throughout the year, the hard work of OSC members and the support of the base and the city of Albany.
Each year, OSC members contact local charitable organizations ranging from the Albany Humane Society to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and many others to offer club donation applications. This year, the OSC made donations to 10 local charities, said Anita Underwood, the OSC's newly elected president.
"We don't have the heart to turn away any charities," said Underwood, who pointed out that every organization that applied for an award received one.
Col. Arthur Sass, Marine Corps Logistics Command chief of staff, presented roses and certificates to all scholarship recipients.
Scholarship winners were Wilson; Alicia Paige, a Westover High School student who is headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Shirmeika Saunders, who will graduate Albany High School and plans to attend Emerson College in Boston; Christine Whitbeck, a Sherwood Christian Academy student who will attend the University of Maryland while in Germany; James Routhier, who plans to attend Albany's Darton College after graduating Worth County High School; Stephanie Parsons, a Lee County High School student planning to attend Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, Ga.; and Kathleen Dodd, a Lee County High School student who will attend Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.
Other newly elected officers include Gina Lazar, 1st vice president; Aida Cerney, 2nd vice president; Janet Durden, treasurer; Angela Jackson, recording secretary; and Debbie Freed, corresponding secretary.
Following the induction of the new officers, Underwood closed the ceremony.
"I really look forward to the OSC having a great year," she said.