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Craig ThurberIf you were to ask Craig Thurber about his lifelong goal, he may simply answer, “Be better.” With the assistance of a $3,000 Lockheed Martin/ThanksUSA scholarship, the Army National Guard dependent is attending Southwestern College where he is pushing himself to be a better student, a better athlete, and an all-around better person.

A natural athlete, Craig is pursuing a degree in Athletic Training. “I intend to utilize this degree and work as an Athletic Trainer while going to Physical Therapy school. I enjoy helping others and am excited to work in a health care/sports environment.” To compliment his studies, Craig is actively involved with various sports teams. He’s a linebacker for the Southwestern Moundbuilders and will play intramural basketball in the offseason.


Craig with his biggest fans–his sisters!

Though sports and education are important to Craig, family is paramount. In 2006, Craig’s stepfather, MSG Bernard Deghand, was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan. Only ten years old at the time, Craig challenged himself to be a father figure to his youngest sister. He developed a drive to succeed and lead by example, a drive to “be better.”

Craig mentions that he would want his stepfather to be proud of the man he is becoming. “I honor his memory by kneeling and talking to him on the football field right before each game. I also have a photo of him in my dorm room. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.”

There is no doubt that MSG Deghand would be proud of Craig. He is succeeding as a scholar, an athlete, and a positive role model to his sister and fellow athletes. ThanksUSA is honored to award scholarships to deserving students like Craig Thurber.

“Thank you very much for supporting me and helping me to be better.” — Craig Thurber, Southwestern College class of 2017


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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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Thanks to generous sponsors Lockheed Martin, ESA Foundation, and The Jenzabar Foundation, Air Force dependent Ashtin Jeney received $12,000 in ThanksUSA Scholarships to pursue her Biology/Pre-Med studies at Carroll College. Now that she has completed her undergraduate studies, Ashtin is busy applying to medical schools throughout the United States. In a few weeks, Ashtin will travel to Graz, Austria, for a two-month hospital internship. When she returns to the states, she hopes to intern with either the Senate Finance Committee or the Senate Health Committee.


Ashtin may look familiar to regular Scholarship News readers…she has graciously volunteered for several ThanksUSA outreach opportunities over the past four years, meeting and speaking with sponsors, sharing her academic goals with supporters, and even appearing in a ThanksUSA video – thanks Ashtin!!

ThanksUSA is proud to support academic achievers like Ashtin and we are always happy to share their stories with you. Be sure to check back next week for another 2012 graduate feature.

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This past Wednesday, friends and supporters of ThanksUSA gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the legacy of the late Senator Ted Stevens while raising funds to support the second year of Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Scholarships to be awarded through ThanksUSA.

The Honorable Ted Stevens was the U.S. Senator from Alaska and was the longest-serving Republican in the United States Senate. He served continuously from 1968 to 2009. Senator Stevens enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and served in the China-Burma-India Theater with the Fourteenth Air Force Transport Section and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1964, and became House majority leader in his second term. In 1968, he was appointed U.S. Senator to Alaska after the death of Senator Bob Bartlett. He held many leadership roles in the Senate, including Assistant Republican Leader (Whip) from 1977 to 1985, and Senate President Pro Tempore in 2003, and chaired many committees in his senatorial career, including Appropriations and Commerce.

Staffer for Congressman Young, Catherine Stevens, Sid Ashworth of Northrup Grumman, Maj Gen Pete Proctor, USA (Ret)

We extend our warmest appreciation to Mrs. Catherine Stevens, widow of the late senator, for joining active and retired military personnel, members of Congress, and ThanksUSA team members for this special fundraising event.

ThanksUSA Scholarship recipient, Jennifer Benecke, attended with her husband, Chief Petty Officer George Benecke, U.S. Navy, and thanked those in attendance for their continued support of ThanksUSA. In a few months, Jennifer will graduate from the University of Maryland: University College with a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently making plans to attend graduate and, eventually, hopes to work as a counselor to military veterans.

Jennifer and George Benecke with ThanksUSA's Michele Stork

Thanks to the generosity of ThanksUSA sponsors such as EADS and Lockheed Martin, ThanksUSA will once again honor the memory of Senator Stevens by awarding 40 Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, to the children and spouses of U.S. military personnel pursuing post-secondary school education.

Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year are sponsored by EADS, Lockheed Martin, Rumsfeld Foundation, Altria, Northrup Grumman, TimeWarner, Express Scripts, General Dynamics, GE, Association of the United States Army, and Boeing.

Please visit the ThanksUSA Facebook page to view additional photos from the luncheon.

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Though she didn’t have the words to articulate it at the time, Army dependent Miranda Clem knew at age four that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Now, with the help of a $3000 Lockheed Martin/ThanksUSA Scholarship, Miranda is taking the first steps to achieving her goal by studying science at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Future DVM Miranda Clem

Always empathetic to the needs of people and animals alike, Miranda has dedicated many hours to volunteerism. Whether she was assisting the elderly, tutoring fellow students, or finding homes for stray animals, Miranda’s ultimate goal was always to encourage others to pay it forward – a concept that ThanksUSA supporters are very familiar with!

Miranda’s inspiration to study science, and eventually veterinary medicine, arose while the Clem family was stationed in Hawaii. She explains, “There were so many stray animals and people would set traps to catch them and have them killed. I cried at the injustice and cruelty and made a decision to make a difference.”

Ultimately, Miranda hopes to own a farm where she can raise a family of her own and open a clinic for the rescue and rehabilitation of animals. “I hope to make our world a kinder, better place one animal and one animal owner at a time,” says Miranda. These are high aspirations for someone just entering college, but Miranda takes inspiration from her father, CSM Richard Clem, US Army:

“My father went into the military at the young age of seventeen, leaving behind poverty and chaos in search of order and stability. I guess he found what he was looking for because he has spent the last 24 years serving our country. My father is well-disciplined, dependable, organized and extremely successful. He has reached the top of his branch and in “record” time, won awards or top honors in every competition, is decorated for several war-time deployments and has two Masters degrees. He has accomplished all of this while maintaining a passionate relationship with my mother whom he has been married to for 22 years; yes, he is a great father too.

In addition to demonstrating that all things are possible, my father taught us to be persistent, diligent, compassionate yet fierce, hardworking and honest. One lesson that I know I learned is that you can work the hardest, be the best or most deserving yet be stuck watching others get the rewards, recognition, promotion, grade etc. It is important to know that life is not fair, good does not always overcome evil and kindness never actually killed anyone. The hardest part of this lesson was that we (I) am still expected to be good, fair and kind with the full awareness that my life will be seeded with struggling not in spite of this, but because of it. I have learned to easily adapt to new situations, work well with others, and be extremely organized, hard-working and determined.”

Miranda also conveyed that as a second generation college student, she hopes to pass along these same values to any children she may have. Assuming that she stays true to these principles, Miranda is sure to have academic success at UTPA and beyond!

“Receiving the Thanks USA Scholarship is such a blessing especially in these times of financial concern. With this scholarship I will be able to attend a whole semester worry free. Of course I am beginning with the basics, but am very excited to start school this fall because it is the second step towards achieving my goals.” – Miranda Clem

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