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Students receive scholarships from Officers Wives Club

By Cpl. Michael Kjaer | | June 2, 2000

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The Officers Wives, Club hosted a scholarship dinner May 22 at the Officers Club here.

During the dinner, three graduating high school students were awarded monetary assistance for college. The OWC also gave monetary donations to eight base and local organizations.

For their hard work and academic excellence Beverly Sutton and Jared Dervan were awarded $1,000 each and Randal McGinly received $750.

The students accepted their scholarships, thanked members of the OWC and gave a brief acceptance speech. 

Col. Larry Cole, MCLB Albany commanding officer and guest speaker at the dinner, congratulated the students and advised them not to think of the scholarship money as a gift, because they earned it through dedication to their studies.

Hours of hard work and studying earned you the money, said Cole. Im sure that hard work and dedication will see you through college and to your goals.

The only requirement for submitting a scholarship application to the OWC reviewing panel is that the applicant must be a family member of an active duty service member stationed at MCLB Albany, the family member of a retired service member living in the Albany area or the family member of a civilian employee who is a member of the OWC.

According to Christine Morrison, 1999-2000 OWC president, the scholarships were created to help Marines family members who may not qualify for other scholarships because they havent lived in the Albany area for a long time.

According to Connie Long, the OWC president, scholarship applications were reviewed for academic ability and after-school activities such as sports and volunteer work.

After the scholarships were awarded, OWC representatives awarded the donations to on-base and community  non-profit organizations.

Donation recipients included the Albany Rescue Mission, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Alpha Center, The Anchorage, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Family Advocacy Program/Family Respite Care Program, Naval Services Familyline and American Legion Post 30. More than $2,500 were donated to the organizations.

According to Long, the scholarships and donations were made possible by the success of the Officers Wives Club auction held in February.

The auction raised over $5,000, said Long. It was very successful and is our main means of raising money for our activities.

According to Morrison, the auction raised a record amount of money, which allowed the OWC members to assist more organizations and people than in previous years.
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