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CONGRATULATIONS 2011 GRADUATES! For the next few weeks, Scholarship News will be dedicated to recognizing recent ThanksUSA graduates. This week, we congratulate Kelly McCorkle, daughter of CW4 (RET) Earl and Cheryl McCorkle. Kelly received a ThanksUSA scholarship during each of her four years of undergraduate studies totaling $10,000! On May 7, Kelly graduated from Oklahoma State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology. She plans to continue her education by enrolling in Physician’s Assistant School.

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While preparing for graduation, I’ve been thinking of ThanksUSA and all the help the program has been throughout my undergraduate career. I really appreciate the sponsors of the scholarship for helping me gain the education needed to follow my dreams.” – Kelly McCorkle

Congratulations Kelly! We wish to remind all students that ThanksUSA is accepting scholarship applications for the 2011/2012 academic year through Monday, May 16. All military spouses and dependent children pursuing undergraduate studies are encouraged to apply. Military spouses are also eligible to apply for scholarships if they are pursuing non-degree licensure or certification.

Kaplan University is proud to offer a full undergraduate scholarship through ThanksUSA for an eligible military spouse. In addition, Educational Support Scholarships, which provide for reduced tuition of up to 50 percent, are also available to eligible military spouses. Please visit ThanksUSA for application details.

You can support students like Kelly by making a $10 donation today…simply text THANKSUSA to 85944 to make your $10 donation.

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Applications for the 2011 ThanksUSA Scholarship Program Now Open!

Samuel McKearn - future ThanksUSA Scholarship applicant

We encourage all military dependent children and spouses to apply for the 2011/2012 ThanksUSA Scholarship Program. All potential applicants should start at our overview page to verify eligibility and the application process. Of note this year:

Kaplan University is proud to offer a full undergraduate scholarship through ThanksUSA for an eligible military spouse. In addition, Educational Support Scholarships, which provide for reduced tuition of up to 51 percent, are also available to eligible military spouses. Click here for complete details including eligibility and other terms and conditions.

Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and NVCC‘s Student Financial Aid Office are joining ThanksUSA once again this year to offer the Linda J. Romeo/ThanksUSA scholarship. This $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a female military spouse residing in the National Capital Region attending Northern Virginia Community College. Interested applicants must first submit a completed ThanksUSA scholarship application. If approved for ThanksUSA scholarship funds, applicants will be asked to complete a supplemental NVCC scholarship application.

So, what’s with the adorable baby picture? Mainly, to get your attention…this is Samuel McKearn, a future ThanksUSA scholarship applicant. His mother, Christie, received a $3000 ThanksUSA Scholarship for the 2010/2011 academic year and she is in the process of applying for next year’s scholarship. Remember, you must apply for a ThanksUSA Scholarship every year. before you “lock and submit” your application, please review it carefully and make sure that all of your required information and documentation is included and uploaded. All applications must be submitted by May 15th.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like to share the press release with your command, family service group, spouses club, etc, please contact me at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org.

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This past week, ThanksUSA had the pleasure of welcoming two of our outstanding scholarship recipients to Washington, D.C. to meet with ThanksUSA supporters. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Katherine Whitmore (Hardin-Simmons University) and Bailey Smith (Mississippi State University) for representing ThanksUSA!

While in DC, Bailey and Katherine enjoyed a luncheon with military personnel and ThanksUSA supporters. They also attended the Golden State Warriors vs Washington Wizards basketball game and witnessed ThanksUSA spokesperson, Stephen Curry, in action. Make sure to join us on Facebook for event updates and photos.

Also of note this past week is the artwork of ThanksUSA scholar, Joan Brice-Guyer. Brice’s father recently published a book titled The Circle of Chairs. The cover features artwork that Brice completed in High School.

You can also view Brice’s most recent artwork at her SecretWorld online gallery. Thanks for sharing, Brice! If you are a current or former ThanksUSA scholarship recipient, I’d love to hear from you and update our supporters on your current studies, employment, or philanthropic endeavors. I can be reached directly at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org or you can always leave a comment on this blog.

Reminder to everyone interested in the ThanksUSA scholarship program: applications for the 2011/2012 academic year will be accepted between April 1 and May 15, 2011. ThanksUSA scholarships are awarded annually, so a new application is required each year. To register for an email reminder, please click here. If you are interested in supporting our outstanding scholars, your donations are always appreciated!

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