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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.

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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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Navy dependent Charlotte Orren is a patriotic young woman who plans to serve our great nation as an Aerospace Engineer. She envisions more energy-efficient engines, advances in aircraft design, and sub-orbital space flights for commercial passengers. To help make her dreams a reality, Charlotte has applied her $3,000 Folds of Honor Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarship to continue her studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Though her academic success is clearly her own, Charlotte reports that her father’s career was an influence in choosing her major. Commander Scott Orren, USN (Ret), amassed over 21 years of aeronautical expertise as a naval aviator and engineer. As Charlotte considered college majors, CDR Orren took the time to explain the many facets of engineering and aerodynamics.

Taking a serious interest in airframe design, Charlotte chose to major in aerospace engineering with the goal of working with industry leaders to design advanced airframe technologies for our Armed Services. Now in her sophomore year, she has an impressive GPA, represents her campus through student organizations, and is a student athlete.

Charlotte’s athleticism began with tennis at a very early age. After playing for several years though, she realized that her heart just wasn’t into it. Although she had played an occasional round of golf over the years, she hadn’t really worked on improving her game. By the age of thirteen, Charlotte began to take golf more seriously; developing skills and discipline that would carry over to her academic life. As a member of the Westview High School Girl’s Golf Team, Charlotte earned MVP honors and became a team captain.

When it was time for Charlotte to consider college, she knew that golf would remain an important factor in her post-secondary education.   With the mentoring of Head Coach Maria Lopez, Charlotte has been a member of the Embry-Riddle Eagles Women’s Golf Team since she entered college. Charlotte has a deep respect for her coach noting, “Coach Lopez saw something in me that I’m just now realizing, or seeing, in myself.”

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She has applied Coach Lopez’s patient guidance to every aspect of her life. In learning to remain positive and appreciate her own strengths, Charlotte gained great self esteem. Her newfound confidence challenged her to be more involved with campus activities and volunteerism in the surrounding community.

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Charlotte is a nominated student leader for Campus Outreach, works as a student assistant for Embry-Riddle’s Annual Giving department, and has even sung the National Anthem for Embry-Riddle sporting events! Charlotte is also an enthusiastic supporter of local charities, participating in various 5k runs and LPGA tournaments. Her favorite local event is the annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. She is just one of many Volusia County citizens who collect and deliver food and supplies to needy area families. Charlotte adds,Knowing I could be a person’s encouragement that day just by showing kindness blows me away every time.”

Charlotte singing the National Anthem (photo by Antoine Daugny)

Charlotte singing the national anthem (photo by Antoine Daugny)

Without a doubt, Charlotte is making the most of her time at Embry-Riddle. She says, “I am learning so many valuable lessons that I would not be able to learn anywhere else.” ThanksUSA is proud to support earnest military dependents like Charlotte. You can help provide the gift of education to military families by making your tax-deductible donation today.

Charlotte at work as a Student Assistant for Annual Giving Support“I am so thankful for the Folds of Honor Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarship. Growing up in a military family, I sincerely appreciate life as it is given to me, not something that is simply mine. I truly am receiving an education of a lifetime and priceless life lessons. I would sincerely like to thank you again for helping me continue my experience at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and shaping my future to the best it can be!”

— Charlotte Orren

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imagesSince early childhood, Alexis Wilt consistently demonstrated a drive to succeed. The Air Force dependent performed well academically and remained active in various sports organizations. Although several of her extra-curricular interests have changed over time, her main goal has remained the same. Alexis wants to become an attorney.

“My career goals have intensified as I learn more about the law. I know that I have chosen a challenging major, but that challenge keeps me motivated.”

In preparation for college, Alexis took several law classes and spent the past two summers working in a law firm. Through the firm, she was given the opportunity to participate in Teen Court. This alternative to juvenile court allows first time offenders to be represented, judged, and sanctioned by their peers. With the guidance of an attorney, Alexis represented peer clients while gaining firsthand experience with court procedures and the legal system.

FSU softball + Alexis WiltNow, with the assistance of a $3,000 Harry C. McPherson Jr/ThanksUSA scholarship, Alexis has begun her Pre-Law major at Florida State University. Embracing all that FSU has to offer, Alexis has become very active on campus. She joined the Phi Mu sorority, participated in many campus activities like spirit week and homecoming, and has dedicated dozens of hours to community service. She played intramural volleyball and is a member of the FSU club softball team. Alexis is proud to report that she made the Dean’s list and wrapped up the fall semester with a 3.94 GPA.

“I’m so honored and blessed to have received such a generous donation to help me further my education and follow my passion in law. Mr. McPherson’s legacy not only made my dreams a possibility but his amazing achievements and contributions are so inspiring and continue to motivate me to pursue my interest in justice.”

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Alexis with her proud parents, TSG Daniel Wilt, USAF (Ret), and Diana Wilt

Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Alexis plans to attend the Stetson University College of Law to earn her Juris Doctorate.  Alexis says that her dream job would be working with the State Attorney’s Office as a civil rights lawyer. She is certainly a deserving representative of the Harry C. McPherson Jr/ThanksUSA scholarship!

The ThanksUSA team wants all college bound military dependents and spouses to apply for a ThanksUSA scholarship. Applications for the 2013-2014 ThanksUSA scholarship will be accepted between April 1 and May 15 of this year. It’s not too early to register for a reminder – just click here. Please make sure to share the link with military families.

“I would like to thank you for the Harry C. McPherson Jr/ThanksUSA scholarship that I was awarded and let you know what a blessing it was for me and my family.  I truly enjoyed my first semester at FSU.  This experience would not have been possible for me without scholarships such as this.  Thank you again.”

— Alexis Wilt

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We continue to celebrate the success of the Hills Bros. Homefront Heroes campaign by introducing this week’s featured scholar, Air Force National Guard dependent, Monica Clevenger. Monica received a $3,000 Hills Bros. Homefront Heroes/ThanksUSA Scholarship to continue her Education studies at Malone University.

Both of Monica’s parents have served with the Air Force National Guard her entire life. “They are the most encouraging, loving, and inspirational people that I know. I look up to them and hope to make them proud with everything that I do,” she says.

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Initially, Monica had planned to join the military but was not qualified due to medical conditions. She explains, “Since I can’t join the military and serve my country, I’ve decided to dedicate my life to serving the Lord and others.” She enrolled in Malone University as an Education major and joined service organizations and clubs so that she could serve the local community.

Monica makes a point of learning important lessons from each of her service opportunities. “Student Senate,” she explains, “showed me how to be a better leader. Coaching volleyball taught me patience and understanding. Volunteering with an after school program for underprivileged children taught me not to take any aspect of my life for granted.“ Monica is also very interested in missionary work and plans to make a mission trip to a third-world country within the next two years.

As a future educator, Monica’s goal is to teach science and math at the middle school level, preferably in an inner city school setting or on a military installation. She credits her own primary school teachers with sparking her interest in education and advises, “Stay dedicated to your studies and always do your best. Never give up on yourself. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”

Monica’s own dedication to her studies is evident. She has an exemplary GPA and continues to seek out new ways to serve her community. Monica explains that she chose Malone University because it offered her spiritual opportunities. “Now,” she says, “I see the potential that I have not only as a student but also as an educator and witness for God.”

The ThanksUSA team looks forward to seeing Monica fulfill her potential and we conclude this week’s Scholarship News blog with a heartfelt message from Monica:

“Once again, I would just like to say how thankful I am for the generosity of ThanksUSA and Hills Bros. for helping students like me achieve their dreams. To all military members and their families I would like to say thank you. Thank you for your sacrifices and your service to making this country the greatest nation in the world!”

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The ThanksUSA team congratulates Army dependent and ThanksUSA scholarship recipient, Nicole Cook, on her recent graduation from Stevenson Unviersity! The daughter of Sergeant 1st Class, David Cook, U.S. Army (Ret), Nicole has received a total of $9,000 in Folds of Honor Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarships to help fund her elementary education studies. Nicole is eager to begin her career as a teacher and we’re happy to report that she will be joining the faculty of Carroll County Public Schools.

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Nicole’s name may be familiar to ThanksUSA supporters because of her assistance with ThanksUSA outreach events, receptions, and fundraisers. Most recently, she represented ThanksUSA scholarship recipients at the 5th annual ThanksUSA Golf Tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Prior to the event, Nicole appeared with ThanksUSA Chairman and CEO, Bob Okun, on Let’s Talk Live to speak about ThanksUSA’s mission and the golf fundraiser.

Please join us in wishing Nicole and all recent graduates well with their budding careers or continued educational journeys…our outstanding scholars deserve our support and we hope to bring you more highlights from the Class of 2012!

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For Army dependent Devon Cooley, “It feels like only yesterday when I walked across the stage to receive my high school diploma.” Now, only weeks away from graduating from Michigan State University, Devon is busy preparing to be a Corps Member of Teach for America in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Throughout Devon’s undergraduate studies, she has received $6,000 in ThanksUSA Scholarships including a $3,000 LM&O Advertising/ThanksUSA Scholarship for her final year. Devon will graduate from MSU with high honors, earning her B.A. in Advertising with a minor in Women’s Studies.

Devon explains that she was initially attracted to the field of advertising “because of its unique combination of psychology, creativity, and media.” Along the way, however, Devon’s minor helped shift her career focus. “I have decided to pursue a career pathway that strives to correct the pressing social issues of contemporary society. My minor has helped me strengthen my understanding of the intersectionality of the many different types of disadvantages faced by citizens across the country and throughout the world,” she says.

Recognizing inequity in education inspired Devon to apply for her position with Teach for America. She explains, “Everyone deserves the opportunities that a quality education can provide. I’m looking forward to making a difference in the classrooms as a Secondary English teacher.”

Devon also plans to pursue graduate school in the future, but has some sound advice for potential and current undergrads saying, “I recommend for all undergraduate students to dive into campus life! They need to try new things and not be afraid of a busy schedule. It is incredible how fast my college experience has gone by… I took advantage of as many opportunities for involvement as I could, which has enabled me to make the most of my time at MSU. I have met several new people, developed my resume, and discovered new interests through my participation.”

Even with her busy campus schedule, Devon appreciates the importance of making time for her family. She explains, “My father has been stationed across the country or in the Middle East for the majority of his service. Even now, the closest to my family as he has ever been, he is separated by a six or seven hour drive. I have learned to perfect the balance of time that I devote to my friends, my studies, and my relatives. This hasn’t always been easy as a college student, but it has certainly helped me mature into an adult with a healthy respect for family matters. Now, when my family is reunited, everyone understands how special it is to have one another.”

Devon’s family is surely beaming with pride as they prepare to celebrate her graduation! The ThanksUSA team is honored to have been a part of Devon’s undergraduate studies and we look forward to updates from her Teach for America experience. We remind all readers that scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are being accepted through May 15, 2012 and complete details can be found here. We close this week’s Scholarship News with some words of thanks from Devon:

The financial assistance that I have received from LM&O Advertising and ThanksUSA has been invaluable to my education. Financing college has become increasingly difficult; yet the importance of obtaining a college degree has also become increasingly important. Without the help of ThanksUSA scholarships, I would not have been able to have such an incredible experience at MSU. I am grateful to have had the privilege of achieving a minor in addition to my major and to have experienced studying abroad.

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Gabriella “Ellie” Cavuoti is a compassionate nursing student who believes in the personal philosophy: “to those who are given much, much is owed to others.” This week, the Truman State University freshman shares her academic goals and how the $3,000 ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship is helping her achieve them.

Ellie’s father, Lt. Col. Frank Cavuoti, USAF (RET), has been serving our nation since 1985. Lt. Col. Cavuoti was an Air Force pilot during his active-duty service and now continues to work with the Air Force as a civilian. Ellie reflects on her military life saying, “It has given me the opportunity to see the world and cultures through different eyes and many locations.”

Though there were many duty stations, Ellie’s parents always made sure that the family helped to build and care for the local community. Ellie adopted the concepts of “pay it forward” and “take care of your own” and is now looking forward to serving the communities of Missouri as a registered nurse.

“Missouri is my home. I want to have an impact and make a difference where I live with the people I love,” explains Ellie. She says she chose Truman State University because, although relatively small, it provides rigorous academics which best reflect Ellie’s personality and her “desire to work more closely with people at the core level.”

Her desire to serve others is also reflected in charitable efforts through the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. She has already volunteered with the local animal shelter, tutored elementary students, and participated in food, coat, and blood drives.

In addition to her work through ΑΦΩ, Ellie volunteers with many children’s-focused causes like Nathan’s Quest, Vacation Bible School, and Parish School of Religion. Children hold a special place in Ellie’s heart and she knows that she will eventually marry and start a family of her own. Upon completion of her undergraduate nursing studies, Ellie plans to complete a graduate program and specialize in pediatric nursing.

When she speaks about the impact that the ThanksUSA Scholarship has had on her freshman year of studies, Ellis says, “It has truly inspired me. I feel that I have the ability and skills to succeed. The ESA Foundation sponsorship of my ThanksUSA Scholarship and your vote of confidence bolsters my pride and allows me to focus on my studies. Ultimately, it is a win-win situation. Your investment in me and my investment in my studies will go a long way in making our society a better place.”

Truly a worthy investment! You can invest in deserving scholars like Ellie by making your tax-deductible donation to ThanksUSA today. All military dependents and spouses are reminded that applications for the 2012-2013 academic year will be available online from April 1 through May 15, 2012. Current ThanksUSA Scholarship recipients and prospective applicants are encouraged to register for an email reminder here.

As always, we welcome your words of encouragement for Ellie and leave you with a message of gratitude from Ellie:

“I would like to thank the ESA Foundation and ThanksUSA Scholarship committee for helping to provide me with this wonderful opportunity to attend the university of my dreams. It truly speaks volumes about these organizations in that they care about the education and future of young adults of America. I am grateful to be a part of this scholarship program and wish the best to other applicants in the years to come!”

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