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NNOA Annual Scholarship Ball scheduled

By Cpl. Denyelle D. Spillane | | April 23, 2003

In 1972, an organization was founded that supports the sea services in the recruitment, retention, and career development of minority officers.

The organization is the National Naval Officers Association. Their members provide professional development, mentoring and support cultural diversity. NNOA maintains a positive image of the sea services in communities and educational institutions.

The NNOA was founded in Annapolis, Md., and is comprised of active duty military, reservists, retired officers, and interested civilians who are actively supporting the recruitment, retention and career development of minority officers within the sea services.

In keeping with their mission, the NNOA's eighth Annual Scholarship Ball will be held at the Base Officers' Club here May 3.

The NNOA will award two $1,000 scholarships to local high school students who show outstanding leadership and academic achievement.  NNOA members recognize students in the community for their work. 

The chapter has awarded more than $8,000 in college scholarships to local high school students since the program began.

"The ball represents the continuing relationship between NNOA, the base and the local community," said Lt. Col. Ronald Wallace, storage and distribution director and chapter president. "The members of NNOA are committed to giving back to the community."

The ball will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Col. John T. Boggs, commanding officer, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., will be the guest speaker. Boggs is also the national president of NNOA.

For more information about tickets or donations, please call Maj. Samuel Henry at 639-7101 or Lt. Col. Ronald Wallace at 639-5501.