Evelyn Fox had an idea in 1984 to establish a scholarship program that would help the children of Redstone military personnel attend Space Camp. She along with the help of others created the Army Community Service Space Camp Scholarship.

The program celebrated its 25th anniversary Thursday by awarding 11 scholarships to Space Camp, Space Academy and Aviation Challenge.

Fox attended the ceremony where she spoke to the recipients about the importance of attending Space Camp, because there they will get hands-on experiences and knowledge that a classroom can't give them.

"You are the young campers and the future," Fox said "While our generation had many scientific advancements we have left you enough problems to solve."

After the certificates were presented, the children read their application essays, "Why I want to attend Space Camp/Space Academy/Aviation Challenge."

"The thing about atmosphere is it blows me off my feet," scholarship recipient Adeline Atkinson said about why she wanted to attend Space Camp. She had learned about the atmosphere and space in her class and wanted to know more about it.
"I've heard it's educational, fun and exciting," recipient Maci Dockery said in her essay.

Erik Cain said Space Camp is a good chance to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.

This year's scholarships were funded by contributions from the Officer and Civilian Women's Club, Air Defense Artillery Association, American Legion Family Post 237, Association of the U.S. Army, the Thrift Ship, and System Studies and Simulation Inc.

The winners included Atkinson, Dockery, Cain, Hannah Smejkal, Stephen Snell, Kaelin Yi, all for Space Camp; Kai Perkins, Leah Sneddon, David Tweedy, all for Space Academy; Meredith Carter and Jahmal Jones, both for Aviation Challenge.

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