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2013 Graduate

Congratulations to Navy dependent and newly commissioned Air Force officer, Allia Grace Martinez! Receiving a total of $9,000 in ThanksUSA scholarships, this amazing scholar recently earned her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, graduating from the University of South Alabama with Cum Laude honors.

Allia Grace Martinez

Graduation day served as an exceptionally memorable day as Allia Grace was also commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Her family shared in her commissioning by pinning on her bars, while the first salute was rendered by her father, CSC Alfredo Dyune Martinez, U.S. Navy (Ret).

ThanksUSA supporters may recognize Allia Grace and her family from previous Scholarship News blog posts. Thanks to gracious contributions from Lockheed Martin, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Goldman Sachs Gives, Charity Works, and Military Connection, Allia Grace and her brothers, Aljo Victor and Alden David, have received ThanksUSA scholarships totaling $15,000!

The entire ThanksUSA team congratulates Allia Grace on her accomplishments and we wish her well as she trains for her Air Force career in Space and Missiles. We also extend our thanks to the Martinez family for sharing this special day with ThanksUSA supporters!

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“We as a family would like to, once again, express our gratitude to ThanksUSA and all the grantors who make it possible for students like our daughter finish college. Your time and generosity are greatly appreciated. We will never forget your kindness to our family. May God bless you all abundantly.”
Dyune and Amy Martinez


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What a busy time of year for current and prospective students! Many are in the midst of exams, some are prepping for summer jobs or internships, and others are eagerly anticipating graduation day. This week, I’m delighted to introduce Jenna Barker, a history major who will graduate Summa Cum Laude from the College of Charleston in just a few weeks. Including a $3,000 Folds of Honor Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year, Jenna has received $6,000 in ThanksUSA scholarships for her undergraduate studies.


Always passionate about learning, Jenna was inspired to pursue her major after taking a Modern African History course. She explains, “I loved learning about an area that is largely neglected in High School History courses and developed a passion for the diverse cultures, languages, and historical experiences of the people of that continent.” Although she hasn’t selected a graduate school yet, Jenna is determined to pursue a Master’s degree in African Studies.

When she first enrolled in college, Jenna faced a dilemma all too common to military dependents…residency. When her father retired from the Air Force, Jenna was unable to be granted in-state tuition.

Residency guidelines differ from state to state and many military dependents have found themselves battling for in-state status. Jenna notes, “Thankfully, legislation is now being passed to keep military and retiree dependents from falling through the cracks.”

Despite the financial worries associated with her education, Jenna embraced college life, excelled academically, and will soon be a college graduate. ThanksUSA is proud to have been a part of Jenna’s educational journey and we encourage all military dependents and spouses to apply for this year’s ThanksUSA Scholarship. Applications are being accepted through May 15, 2012, and complete details and instructions can be found here.

We close this week’s Scholarship News with Jenna’s message of gratitude to the Folds of Honor Foundation and ThanksUSA supporters:

“The ThanksUSA Scholarships have been such an enormous blessing for me! I have so much respect for this program—thank you for everything you do to help military families with this huge expense. This is an excellent and much-needed program and a great way to show military families that they are understood and supported.”

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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.


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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