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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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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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With the assistance of a $3,000 John (NMN) Coffey/ThanksUSA Scholarship, Jordan Bowden is completing his junior year of International Relations studies at Brigham Young University.

The Army National Guard dependent chose International Relations because he truly enjoys studying the cultures of different people and learning how and why they live the way they do. With interests in politics and world affairs, Jordan thinks that his undergraduate studies may lead to a career with the U.S. State Department or with the military, perhaps as an Army Attaché.

Jordan also speaks passionately about a mission to Mexico explaining, “The time I spent in Mexico has greatly influenced my life; there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about that experience. An LDS mission is a two year commitment where you spend all of your time and energy preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The religious part aside, it was a life changing experience. I was able to spend two years of my life among a people who I did not know and really did not understand, (nor did they understand me for that matter) but I grew to love and respect their traditions and culture. The mission taught me about the great blessings and opportunities we have here in the U.S., it taught me to respect and love people of all nationalities and cultures, and it engrained in me a desire to reach out and help those less fortunate than myself.”

Though Jordan describes his mission as a life-changing event, his military upbringing played a significant role in building his confidence and inner strength which prepared him for college, his mission, and life as an adult. “My father’s military career has been a guiding influence in my life. It really has made me who I am today. Being the oldest I was greatly affected each time my dad was deployed. It caused me to take on a lot of responsibility and really learn well how to handle difficult situations. I believe it made me a stronger individual. I would say that overall the experience has been a positive one, but as with all things there are challenges.”

While Jordan is very committed to his family, faith, and studies, he still remains an easy-going undergrad. Recently, Jordan, along with his father and brother, was able to attend a Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz basketball game courtesy of ThanksUSA National Spokesperson Stephen Curry. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys rock climbing and playing the piano and he helps finance his education by working part-time at the BYU Office of Information Technology.

The Bowden Men at Warriors vs Jazz (photographing yourself is not easy!!)

Since beginning his undergraduate studies, Jordan has received a total of $6,000 in ThanksUSA Scholarships and notes, “Without this scholarship, I seriously doubt that I would have been able to pursue a college degree without having to take out substantial student loans. Thank you to John (NMN) Coffey and everyone at ThanksUSA for allowing me the opportunity of an education, I hope that in the future I can repay the favor.”

Jordan is already a successful student and the ThanksUSA team wishes him continued success with all of his endeavors. We also wish to remind military dependents and spouses that applications for the 2012-2013 ThanksUSA Scholarship will be accepted through the ThanksUSA website from April 1st through May 15th. If you haven’t already, you can register for an email reminder here.

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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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