Nine military children receive $13,500 in college scholarships
Coast Guard Capt. Peter Conley (left), reserve officer, Coast Guard 7th district, Miami, Fla., reads his son David's essay. Also pictured in the photo are winners Maureen Flaherty, 20, Daryl Johnson Jr., 17, Chelsa Hise, 18, and Kevin Jackson, 21 (seated left to right) All won $1,500 scholarships.

The recipients of the 2009 Scholarships for Military Children expressed their gratitude to those who have supported them during the presentation ceremony at Fort McPherson Commissary June 18.

This year, a record 615 students were selected for the traditional scholarship. Nine of the recipients were from Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem.

Remarks were given by commissary director James Black, U.S. Army Garrison commander Col. Deborah Grays, and parents and present recipients.

The $1,500 scholarship program was initiated by the Defense Commissary Agency, sponsored by Chris Jones of Pactiv-Hefty/EZ Foil and administered by Fisher House Foundation.

Children of military ID card holders (including active duty, retired, National Guard and Army Reserve members) whot were graduating high school seniors or enrolled four-year college students were eligible to apply. Factors for qualification included a minimum 3.0 grade point average, demonstration of community service and an essay submission with the topic "What would you place in a time capsule to help people in the next century understand military life today'"

The battle between students surprised 21-year-old recipient Kevin Jackson, son of Master Sgt. Jonathan Jackson, Fort Gillem.

"I was in shock when I found out just how heavy the competition was," Jackson said, "and the fact that I was chosen is really a blessing for me and for my Family. I am truly honored to receive this scholarship."

Another student, Maureen Flaherty, 20, daughter of retired Maj. Dan Flaherty, said she feels honored to receive the scholarship and wrote in her essay, "I would place items that show the patriotic attributes of unity, honor and sacrifice that prevail in our military today."

Flaherty said such items include the Medal of Honor, a Bible, and an American flag. She also stated she would include photos of various accomplishments by the U.S. military during its current overseas operations that signify the great personal sacrifice military Families endure.

"All of these items show the significant presence of courage and sacrifice within our nation and will be a reminder to future generations that we are the greatest nation in the world," wrote Flaherty.

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