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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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2013 Graduate

Congratulations to 2013 graduate, Tyler Cecchini! The daughter of Marianne and Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cecchini, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), Tyler received ThanksUSA scholarships totaling $6,000 during her undergraduate studies. She recently earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology, with a specialization in costumes, from the University of Central Florida. A member of the Burnett Honors College, she graduated Cum Laude with Honors and is currently working in the costume department of Sea World Orlando.

Tyler Cecchini

Tyler & Shelby Cecchini

Tyler’s sister Shelby also had a stellar academic year. Shelby received a $3,000 ThanksUSA scholarship for her freshman year at the University of Central Florida where she majors in Creative Writing with a Technical Writing minor. Shelby made the Dean’s list both semesters and may add a second major, Technical Communications, in the fall.

The ThanksUSA team commends both Tyler and Shelby for their academic achievements. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating not only these bright young women, but all ThanksUSA scholarship recipients on a job well done!

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Sabrina Shah 2013Sabrina Shah intends to create a safe and healthy future for developing children. With the financial assistance of a $3,000 Jackson Casey Fund/ThanksUSA scholarship, Sabrina is completing her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Since 2009, Sabrina has received ThanksUSA scholarships totaling $12,000. In just a few months, she will earn degrees in both Psychology and Media & Communication Studies.

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Sabrina’s interest in psychology began early. She often read articles or watched videos that focused on the subject. When she enrolled in an AP Psychology class in high school, Sabrina realized that she wasn’t merely learning facts; she truly understood and enjoyed every psychology lesson that was being taught.

After exploring several disciplines, Sabrina decided to focus on developmental psychology. Even as a teen, she was starting to realize that “troubled” students were the result of their environment.

Kinza & Sabrina Shah

Kinza & Sabrina Shah

Sabrina is most interested in combining her majors to study the effects of media on the social development of children. Through her studies and research, she has realized that media can be used to promote focus and learning in the classroom.

One of Sabrina’s most fascinating research projects involved pediatric cancer patients. Her team created virtual reality helmets that patients wore during treatments. Watching positive imagery produced a calming effect that distracted the young children during painful or scary treatments. Sabrina believes that the use of such media can actually alleviate or prevent psychological trauma.

Though she is always eager to experiment with, and learn from, different fields of psychology, Sabrina reports that she always returns to developmental psychology. Like most enthusiastic students, Sabrina belongs to groups and clubs that enhance her learning experience. She is member of the UMBC Philosophy Club and the Psychology Honors Society (Psi Chi), and has participated in the Model UN since high school.

Besides study related activities, Sabrina devotes much of her time to charitable organizations. She is most involved with Challah for Hunger, which raises funds to fight hunger and poverty through the sale of homemade challah bread.

As she nears graduation, Sabrina is preparing to continue her education, possibly at Cornell University, with the intention of earning her PhD in Developmental Psychology. With such dedication to both her major field of study and helping others through her charitable work, Sabrina is likely to impact many lives.

I think it’s important to note that Sabrina is not the only successful collegiate in her family. In 2006, her older brother, Zain, received a $5,000 ThanksUSA scholarship for his studies at Brooklyn College. Zain is now pursuing a career in computer engineering. Younger sister, Kinza, is off to a great start at Towson University where she is majoring in Speech Pathology.

Sabrina, her mother Tasneem, and sister Kinza

Sabrina, her mother Tasneem, and sister Kinza

As Sabrina prepares for graduate school, Kinza is preparing to apply for a 2013-2014 ThanksUSA scholarship. Applications will be accepted between April 1 and May 15, 2013, and potential applicants are encouraged to register for a reminder.

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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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I find it inspiring that most ThanksUSA scholarship recipients report that they are passionate about their chosen field of study. When I first spoke with Nguyen Pham Seymour, I could hear this passion in her voice. Nguyen, a Marine Corps spouse, received a $3,000 LM&O Advertising/ThanksUSA Scholarship for her final year of Marketing and Psychology studies at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Just months from graduating, Nguyen is excited to share her educational accomplishments and career goals with ThanksUSA supporters.

Nguyen Pham Seymour

Nguyen first became interested in marketing when her employer challenged staff members to improve sales during the slow season. She suggested a loyalty program and volunteered to chart customer activities during implementation. Both Nguyen and her employer were pleased to see increased demand and higher client retention while competitors continued to struggle.

From that point on, Nguyen explains, “I became interested in analyzing consumer behavior during store visits. In my spare time, I would read psychology materials to gain insight about consumer behaviors. Then, I would form new marketing campaigns to capture consumers’ attention and awareness.”

For Nguyen, majoring in both marketing and psychology has been the perfect combination. “My goal,” she says, “is to have a career where I can fully utilize my analytical and quantitative skills to help businesses and organizations identify difficulties and effectively implement solutions.”

During her time at BYU-Hawaii, Nguyen has had the opportunity to work with various organizations like Deseret International, Sothys Paris, and the Sheraton and Sofital hotels. When I asked Nguyen about her favorite marketing project, she admitted that it was nearly impossible to choose, but added, “If I must (choose), I’d have to say working with Hawaii North Shore Chamber of Commerce (NSCOC) was a great experience overall. During the 6 months of working on the project, I gained tremendous insights about the marketing research process, as well as how to manage my team effectively. The NSCOC was so impressed with the result, that they asked us to present the data at the 4th Annual Hawaii North Shore Business Expo.”

Although Nguyen and her team presented their results to high-level corporate executives and Hawaiian decision makers, she says, “The best part is that businesses of all sizes can implement the results from our study to become more effective in their marketing communication efforts.”

Though she is very talented and has the education and experience to raise the profits of a potential employer, Nguyen is hardly driven by dollar signs. Instead, the devoted Marine Corps spouse is more concerned with using her strengths to help her extended military family.

She is currently in the process of building a website devoted to post traumatic stress disorder resources. With many of our active duty and retired military members suffering from PTSD, Nguyen wants to provide victims, family members, friends, and their entire support network with the latest information. She also has plans to provide innovative marketing methods and brand management training to small and mid-size businesses operated by military members and military dependents. “As a life-time member of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi, I hope to reach and change as many lives as possible and give back to those who serve and sacrifice for our nation,” she adds.

As the spouse of CPL Michael Blake Seymour, USMC, Nguyen understands sacrifice. “There is no amount of training that will prepare you to be a Marine’s wife. One thing I have learned is that anything can happen at any given moment and I need to be prepared when he leaves. Be it deployment, training, duty, there is no such thing as certainty when you are the wife of a Marine,” she remarks.

Corporal and Mrs. Michael Blake Seymour

Corporal and Mrs. Michael Blake Seymour

Aside from the stresses of military life, the Seymours are dealing with a personal health issue. Diagnosed with the rare Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, Blake recently underwent a complicated surgery. Nguyen was relieved to report that her husband has fully recovered, returned to work, and would eventually like to start a non-profit dedicated to WPW patients.

For now, the couple is planning for their next transition. Nguyen will graduate from BYU-Hawaii in April with degrees in both Marketing and Psychology, with a minor in Economics. She is proud to announce that she has accepted a position with Goldman Sachs and will start her new career in the summer. Before then, Nguyen and Blake plan to devote a month volunteering in Asia and the Pacific. What a great way to celebrate all that she has accomplished!

I hope that all ThanksUSA scholarship recipients will remain passionate about their chosen field. If you truly love what you’re doing, you’ll live a very happy life. On behalf of the entire ThanksUSA Team, I wish all of our supporters, scholarship recipients, and military families a very Happy New Year!

“I’d like to say “Thank You” for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the sponsors that allow ThanksUSA to accomplish its mission in supporting military personnel and their family members, who pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”  — Nguyen Pham Seymour

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Hannah SolemWith a smile that radiates with positive energy, ThanksUSA scholarship recipient Hannah Solem can brighten any day. As a Speech Communications major at Liberty University, Hannah’s goal is to become the voice of advocacy for orphans.

Now in her junior year of studies, Hannah has received consecutive ThanksUSA scholarships totaling $9,000. This year, the Army dependent was awarded a $3,000 Jackson Casey Fund/ThanksUSA Scholarship. Since Hannah is responsible for financing her own education, she is especially grateful for the continued aid provided by ThanksUSA supporters.

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“I am aware that much will be required of those who have been given much.  Having been entrusted with this scholarship, it is my ambition to use my gifts to give back to others.”

Hannah is certainly deserving of your support. She has an impeccable academic record and is eager to encourage others to commit their time to volunteerism. During the summer, Hannah works with high school aged volunteers at the Officers’ Christian Fellowship retreat, White Sulfur Springs Conference Center. During the academic year, she serves as a Student Leader for her residence hall where she leads group studies and offers one on one counseling to freshman students.

Not only have these roles provided guidance to others, they have also given Hannah valuable logistics and planning experience while allowing her to develop a comforting style of communication. She has such a sincere personality, that one instantly feels at ease speaking with her.

Hannah’s academic goals began to take root during a trip to China with Show Hope ministries. In 2008, she visited orphanages in Luoyang and Beijing where she cared for disabled orphans. The experience inspired her to use her talents and energy to help families navigate the adoption process. Hannah can see herself using her education and knowledge as a public relations specialist for adoption agencies. For now, she is concentrating on understanding the needs of children in orphan care and recently hosted a seminar on their nutritional needs.

When asked about her own family, Hannah praises her parents, Helen and LTC Greg Solem, USA, for being exceptional role models to herself and her four brothers. She describes her mother as a humble spirit and her father as a dedicated man. Hannah says that her family always puts the Lord first and feel blessed to have each other.

Ultimately, Hannah hopes that her education will lead to a career that will unite children with loving parents like her own. Whether you are able to celebrate in person or in spirit this year, ThanksUSA wishes our supporters and military families a very happy holiday season. We encourage you to continue your support of our mission by making your tax-deductible contribution today.

“Thank you for your contribution to military personnel and their families. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated. With a grateful heart, I will joyfully represent the Jackson Casey Fund and ThanksUSA scholarship.”

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