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THANKSUSA ANNOUNCES NINTH ANNUAL TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE

November 26, 2013, Washington, DC – ThanksUSA and their partner the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation today announced the launch of the ninth annual ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt (TH9), a free, fully interactive digital trivia and puzzle game about U.S. history, culture and values. The hunt supports ThanksUSA’s annual scholarship fund to benefit the children and spouses of active-duty military personnel by providing need-based scholarships for two-year or four-year colleges, vocational or technical schools. The focus of this year’s hunt will be the United States Bill of Rights.

The digital trivia game will be assessable starting Thanksgiving Day, November 28. Participants will be quizzed on the Bill of Rights’ history, purpose and implications on American life. It is the first of six Treasure Hunt chapters available for free online (www.thanksusa.org) and via mobile application.

“Treasure Hunt 9 promises to be one of our most challenging contests ever, engaging students and their families across the country while reminding them of the sacrifices of our troops,” said ThanksUSA Executive Director Michele Stork. “The ESA Foundation’s continued support for the contest and scholarships will help ThanksUSA cross the $10 million mark in scholarships.”

The ESA Foundation has underwritten the annual Treasure Hunt series for five years and also funds 25 “ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarships” annually. Since its inception in 2005, more than 12,000 Americans have engaged in ThanksUSA treasure hunts that reflect the nation’s history, values and culture while raising awareness and funds for the educational pursuits of military families.

“The U.S. video game industry is proud to support our nation’s troops and their families,” said Jenny Lai, vice president of the ESA Foundation. “We are proud to help educate children through the use of digital technology and bring our unique and impactful resources to augment ThanksUSA’s remarkable mission and work.”

Following the official launch of Treasure Hunt Nine on November 28, subsequent chapters will be introduced on the first of each month beginning January 1, 2014. The six-month Bill of Rights challenge will close on May 31, 2014, and will be followed by a summer bonus round slated for July 4 – August 15, 2014.

Four players who correctly answer each chapter’s questions will each receive a $250 Walmart gift certificate. A grand prize – a $500 Walmart gift card – will be drawn from the pool of individuals who correctly answer all questions in each round.

The Treasure Hunt series serves to generate attention and donations for ThanksUSA’s annual scholarship fund. Since 2006, ThanksUSA award over 3,000 need-based scholarships valued at nearly $10 million to families representing all branches of the armed services across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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ThanksUSA_Logo_1About ThanksUSA
Founded in the fall of 2005, ThanksUSA, a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, is an effort to thank the men and women of our armed forces and their families for their service to the country with the gift of education. The organization provides need-based, post-secondary education opportunities to the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel through competitive scholarships. For more information, please visit www.ThanksUSA.org.

PrintAbout the ESA Foundation
The ESA Foundation was created by the American interactive entertainment software industry to support and provide opportunities that can make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The Foundation is fully supported by proceeds from industry projects and and its annual fundraiser, “A Nite to Unite – for Kids.” For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit www.ESAFoundation.org

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ThanksUSA benefit concert hosted by Caleb Harris

Caleb Harris is hosting a benefit concert at Clarendon Grill on Sunday June 23, 2013. Proceeds will benefit ThanksUSA— a non-partisan charitable effort to “thank” the men and women of the armed forces by providing need-based scholarships for their children and spouses (visit ThanksUSA.org for more information about ThanksUSA).

Doors will open at 5:00PM and cover band Partners in Crime will go on at 6:15. Clarendon Grill is offering drink specials, including $2 domestic drafts & bottles from 5:00-7:00PM. 100% of the $10 door cover will go to ThanksUSA. Door cover will include one raffle ticket and prizes will be drawn throughout the night. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

Clarendon Grill
1101 N Highland St
Arlington, VA  22201
June 23, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm 

If you would like to donate a raffle prize for the concert, please contact Caleb at:

Email: cmharri12@gmail.com
Cell: 304-667-7538

 Step up to the plate to ThanksUSA with Caleb Harris at Nationals Park

In addition to the concert, Caleb has partnered with the Washington Nationals to offer fundraiser tickets for the June 27th baseball game at Nationals Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Nationals have agreed to donate $20 to ThanksUSA for every ticket purchased on their website using promo code CALEB.  Tickets can be purchase at http://nationals.com/tickets or click HERE to go directly to the ticket purchase page for the June 27th game.

Donation can also be made directly to ThanksUSA using credit card or PayPal at: Donate to ThanksUSA.  Please don’t change the “donation towards” field.  It should be set to “KPMG USA” in order to pool all of our contributions.

Our total fundraising effort will be recognized during a pre-game, on-field donation presentation ceremony on June 27th at Nationals Park.  So purchase your ticket, make a donation, and then come out to Nationals Park to see the result of your efforts!

Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC  20003
June 27, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm
 
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ThanksUSA is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. Completing a scholarship application may seem like a daunting task, but it’s really just a matter of providing the requested information. A complete overview of this year’s scholarship program can be found here, but the following can help get you started:

Tips For Completing The ThanksUSA Scholarship Application

  • Carefully read through the entire application. Be sure to fill it out completely and accurately. Proofread your application and verify that all supporting documents are attached before submitting.
  • When stating your educational and career objectives, be concrete. Tell us what you are studying and why. Even if you’re undecided about your major, relay what you wish to accomplish with your education.
  • Demonstrate that you’re a well-rounded individual. List all of you activities and be sure to include any recognition you have received for them. You may immediately think of academics or sports, but what about your community involvement? Are you involved with a religious organization? Have you participated in charitable drives? Do you have a hobby? Are you employed? Do you mentor or tutor? Don’t sell yourself short!
  • If you don’t understand a portion of the application, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance: thanksusa@scholarshipamerica.org

The ThanksUSA team encourages you to share ThanksUSA’s mission with your family and friends – Just click on one of the social links below. Don’t forget to support our mission by making your tax-deductible donation today!

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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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As a Marine Corps dependent, Madison Frink has traveled the globe photographing her experiences along the way. The recipient of a $3,000 American Airlines/ThanksUSA Scholarship, Madison is combining her photographic talents and love for travel into a Technical Photography major with a Journalism minor. This week, the honors College freshman at Appalachian State University shares her inspiration and future plans to raise awareness for those in need.

During high school, Madison realized that she loved working with people and developed a real desire to give back. At the same time, she knew that she wanted a career that involved travel. Thanks to supportive mentors and peers at Appalachian State, Madison has been able to refine her goals, combining her skills and talents into a major that will serve many.

Madison is particularly interested in working for a mission organization like Samaritan’s Purse. She explains, “In ten years, I would love to see myself on the go, telling people’s stories. I am very open to where I would work, but I want to tell the stories of people in disaster relief, overseas missions, or local service through words, pictures, and even video for a newsletter, website, or magazine. I think that job would include travel, both domestic and international.”

Of course being a professional photographer requires equipment and supplies…expenses that can be overwhelming for a college student. Fortunately, her ThanksUSA Scholarship has helped Madison with those added costs.  She says, “A lot of added expenses come with these technical classes and the ThanksUSA scholarship has covered camera accessories, required camera equipment, and equipment insurance. Without the funds, I would not be able to take these courses required for my major!” I am happy to add that Madison is maintaining a perfect GPA.

Besides her coursework, Madison is excited to be a member of the Appalachian State Campus Crusade where she plays keyboard for the worship team. Always looking for opportunities to help others, Madison recently traveled to Atlanta to welcome and minister to refugees from Nepal, Somalia, Iran, and other worn-torn countries.

She humbly describes the experience saying, “They had been brought to Atlanta to escape their devastated homelands. It was an amazing experience in which I spoke to dozens of families about their experience living in the US and their struggles starting a new life here. I hope to do more service work like that in the coming months.”

This May she will get the chance to do just that. Madison will be one of about a dozen young women who will travel to Uganda for a study abroad program. While there, the Appalachian State students will help build a library and teach methods of sustainable development to the local women and children.

Upon returning from her study abroad, Madison is planning to travel to Arlington, VA, to join ThanksUSA for our ProAm Tennis Tournament! We are so excited to have Madison’s help with ThanksUSA outreach and would like to remind all past and present ThanksUSA scholars that your involvement helps perpetuate our mission. If you are interested in volunteering with ThanksUSA, please leave a comment or contact us through the website.

We conclude this week’s Scholarship News with some sincere words of gratitude to the sponsor of Madison’s ThanksUSA Scholarship, American Airlines:

“Thank you so much for giving this gift and touching my life with your generosity. Experiencing the willingness and desire of strangers to provide for those in need brings joy to my heart and inspires me to do the same. I will never forget this kindness!”

The Frink Family

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Dear Friends of ThanksUSA:

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President, are calling on all Americans to “join forces” in supporting military families. The First Lady challenged “every segment of American society not to simply say thank you but to mobilize, take action and make a real commitment to supporting our military families.”

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As a friend of ThanksUSA, you are part of this important national effort. We want to thank you for your support.
Our sixth year of scholarship applications opened on April 1, with a May 15 application deadline. Please spread the word to your friends who might be interested in applying.

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The appeal of ThanksUSA’s mission has attracted an amazing array of supporters and new requests to partner on innovative fund-raising campaigns. We have partnered with fundraiser Mobile Cause to let people securely donate $10 directly from their mobile phones by text messaging our unique keyword, THANKSUSA, to the number 85944. For more information, please see our website.

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ThanksUSA also enjoys continued support from some remarkable corporations and foundations for events and named scholarships. Our updates below show that there is something for everyone involved with ThanksUSA during 2011, whether they are music lovers, tennis buffs, yoga students, golf enthusiasts, basketball fans, coffee drinkers, or people who just love elegant gatherings that support a great mission.

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Basketball Star Stephan Curry is ThanksUSA’s National Spokesperson!
ThanksUSA’s enthusiastic new national spokesperson, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, is launching a Twitter campaign about ThanksUSA soon and sponsoring a fundraising golf tournament this fall on the Warriors’ home turf near San Francisco. He’ll also take ThanksUSA’s message to people across the country through public service announcements and community outreach.

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Hill Bros. Coffee Launches Hometown Heroes Program to Support ThanksUSA
Hills Bros. Coffee (HBC) has launched the “Hill Bros. Homefront Heroes” campaign that will raise funds for at least 10 ThanksUSA scholarships (with a possibility of up to 50). The campaign runs through March 31, 2012. The company is encouraging consumers to buy specially marked Hill Bros. Coffee and go to a website to register the codes inside the containers. Hills Bros. will donate 10 ThanksUSA scholarships to military families for every 100,000 online supporters. Look for the special displays where Hill Bros. coffee is sold.

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Bikram Yoga Studios Join Forces with ThanksUSA During May
Bikram “hot yoga” studios will join forces with ThanksUSA during May, Military Appreciation Month, to raise funds for our scholarship program. Studios will conduct special fund-raising activities and encourage students to donate individually to support ThanksUSA. This effort was designed by Alexandria, Va.-based Bikram instructor Jim Ambrogi, a wounded veteran of Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, who has used Bikram yoga to help him recover from debilitating wounds. Learn more at Bikram Salutes Military Families.

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USPTA’s ‘Tennis Thanks Our Troops’ over Memorial Day Weekend Will Raise Funds for ThanksUSA
The U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) will encourage tennis pros from across the Mid-Atlantic region to join their students, members and guests on Memorial Day weekend in donating a portion of lesson revenue and activity fees to ThanksUSA. Companies that want to sponsor can match up to $50,000 of the funds raised by USPTA. Look for significant promotion via flyers, press releases, websites, Facebook, Twitter and Google.
We hope you will visit www.ThanksUSA.org for additional news and information and will stay in touch with us. We are grateful for your interest and support!

Sincerely,

Michele Stork
Executive Director
ThanksUSA

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