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This week we celebrate the academic accomplishments of Air Force Reserve dependent Bailey Smith.  Throughout her undergraduate career at Mississippi State University, Bailey received $9000 in ThanksUSA Scholarships and served as a ThanksUSA Scholarship Representative at many of our outreach events. On April 30th, Bailey graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors with a BA in Political Science and minor in Communication Theory. She plans to continue her academics at Ole Miss Law School and earn a commission in the USAF JAG Corps. Congratulations Bailey! We look forward to updates of your academics and Air Force career!

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

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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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Stop and read the bulletin boards! This very wise advice comes from stellar ThanksUSA scholarship recipient, Bailey Smith. This Mississippi State University student has been recognized as a President’s Scholar, is a member of the MSU Pre-law society, and is currently the top ranked junior in the Political Science department. Bailey has received multiple ThanksUSA scholarships, including a $3000 Boeing Company/ThanksUSA Scholarship for the 2009/2010 academic year. She extends her gratitude to all who have made her ThanksUSA scholarships possible.

Bailey Smith

Recently, Bailey has declared a double major in Communications and Political Science. To supplement her academics, Bailey participates as a delegate in the Mississippi Model Security Council.  The council simulates U.N. resolutions dealing in world security issues and facilitates simulations for high school students each spring semester. Not only is Bailey eager to pursue an international career utilizing her political science and communications skills, but she also looks forward to serving her country.

Her long-term academic goals include graduating at the top of her class in both majors and then continuing on to law school. Once in law school, Bailey plans to join the AFROTC program and hopes to be admitted into the Air Force JAG program. “I am pursuing this path because I think it provides for optimum stability and opportunity. I believe I work most efficiently in this environment and can serve my fellow-man most effectively through these pursuits.”

As academically motivated as Bailey is, she hopes fellow students will take some time to experience life outside of the classroom. “While in college, we need to embrace the variety in culture and immerse ourselves in new experiences while the opportunities are abundant. We should take nothing for granted and seize every moment while we can.” Bailey is a trumpet player in the Famous Maroon Band as well as the community concert band and is the president of the club sport “S.C.U.B.A. Dawgs” which is a student group that trains and certifies members as SCUBA divers.
I was so intrigued by Bailey’s SCUBA diving, that I had to learn more…which is how I learned of her great advice – read the bulletin boards:

“I adopted a policy when I first transferred to Mississippi State University. I imposed this policy on myself in an effort to broaden my horizons as much as possible. The policy is that I must stop and read the bulletin boards on campus every time I pass one. If I am able to attend an event or lecture– I tell myself to go and meet new people and learn new things. When I read that there was a sample SCUBA diving class offered at the university gym for $5, I went. I loved the thrill of it, the science that went into it, and the people who participated in it. After my first jump from a boat into the depths of the ocean, I was hooked. I had been immersed into a different world– one most will never see. Something about that fact keeps me going back every chance I get and taking all the people I can with me. I would like everyone to “experience the unknown” so-to-speak. I believe it makes you appreciate the world and the beautiful mysteries of it that much more. Also, I believe being a the president of the SCUBA diving club gives me the opportunity to befriend many new people and show them just a small portion of the wealth of opportunity that the university has to offer.”

Isn’t that a wonderful policy? May you all pause to read the bulletin boards and find a new passion in your own life!

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