MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY Ga. -- In a brief ceremony held May 26, the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Wives Club honored two outstanding academic achievers at the Thrift Shop here.
Lauren Nemecek, daughter of retired Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey and Tonia Nemecek, and Jennifer Anderson, daughter of retired Gunnery Sgt. James and Carolyn Anderson, were each awarded the Staff NCO Wives Club Scholarship 2000 to include a certificate and a $250 scholarship.
Another student was awarded the certificate and check, but was unable to attend the ceremony. Beverly Brook Sutton, daughter of John and Beverly Sutton, is attending Worth County High School, and enrolled in Valdosta Sate University, to major in pre-law.
These were the first scholarships the wives club has awarded in 2000, said Charlene Baggs, SNCO Wives Club president.
The Staff NCO Wives Club Scholarship 2000 is an academic scholarship based on a 3.0 grade point average and a 500-word essay written on what the applicants goals are. Applicants also had to submit a transcript to verify grades.
Applications were distributed to all the area high schools and their guidance offices, according to Robin Cribb, SNCO Wives Club secretary, as well as the base library, Thrift Shop, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Family Services, and advertised in The Emblem. The scholarship was open to active duty, retired, deceased, or staff NCO family members. The applicants also were required to be enrolled in a college to apply.
Applicants were sent out in March for this, and were due in April 2000, Cribb said.
Nemecek, an 18-year-old student at Lee County High School, is active in chorus and French club. She has been building her singing talent for six years, and is enrolled at Georgia Southwestern University to pursue a career in music education and music performance.
Anderson, a senior at Albany High, is involved in drama club, softball and soccer. She is enrolled at Darton College to pursue a career in art and photography.
The two students both plan on using the scholarships for books and school supplies, they said.
The scholarship checks were made out to the recipients and their schools, said Cribb.
With constant support and help from her parents, Anderson attributes her success to their discipline toward her school work and studies.
My dad is always making sure I do my homework, said Anderson. And my mom helps check my reports, and helps me with ideas for my schoolwork.
Nemecek also credited her parents care for her education to receiving the award.
My parents have always supported me, said Nemecek, by nagging me to get my work done.
I am very excited, she said. I wasnt sure I would receive any kind of scholarship this year.
This has touched my life, Nemecek said. People made me realize different things in my life that helped me become what I am today.
The Staff NCO Wives Club is making arrangements for the next scholarship to be given out in December. There will be two given out to a spouse of active duty, retired or deceased military member.