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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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Think about your favorite elementary school teacher. What made him or her special? Was she patient? Exciting? Maybe he energized the classroom with games or physical activity. No matter what made that teacher special to you, chances are high that they had a real passion for teaching and seeing you learn. This week’s featured scholarship recipient, Nicole Cook, hopes to convey that same passion to elementary school students of her own. The recipient of a $3000 Folds of Honor Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship, Nicole is an Elementary Education major at Stevenson University.

Nicole Cook

Nicole discovered her passion for teaching during high school. She was always helping friends and classmates with homework and soon realized that she was skilled at helping people learn. She also discovered that she had the necessary qualities to influence even the youngest students. Nicole explains, “I had a love for working with children. During my senior year of high school I was an intern at Havre De Grace Elementary School where I worked with kindergarteners and first graders.” Nicole helped the kindergarten class with reading and assisted the first graders with math skills. As she gained teaching experience, she was also able to see the results of the students’ efforts through testing. “After being in the classroom for the entire year, I realized how much I wanted to work with students,” says Nicole.

As the daughter of a career soldier, Nicole has faced many military moves. She shared that the most difficult aspect of these is always leaving behind friends. “The hardest move was back to the United States after living in Germany for 7 ½ years,” she says. Her father, David, served as a Mechanical Instructor with the U.S. Army for 20 years. Before retiring in March 2009, he served at duty stations around the world including Korea, Bosnia, Republic of Georgia, and Germany to name a few.

Upon her graduation in 2012, Nicole plans to pursue her Master’s in Education. As a member of ACEI (Association for Childhood Education International), Nicole is an educational advocate for all children, believing that every child in every nation deserves access to a quality education. Nicole feels that she will serve students best at the elementary level. She looks forward to preparing students to take full advantage of their own educational opportunities.

Nicole wishes to express her thanks to the Folds of Honor Foundation for their generous contribution to ThanksUSA, saying, “Receiving this scholarship has helped so much. When students first get accepted into a college, the first thought is often ‘How am I going to pay for school?’ By receiving this scholarship, I was able to focus more on my studies and worry less about the financial burden of paying for college.”

ThanksUSA is proud to support Nicole’s educational pursuits and we extend our sincerest Thank-You to David Cook for his 20 years of military service. Your tax-deductible contribution to ThanksUSA will provide scholarships to military dependents like Nicole. ThanksUSA Scholarship Applications for the 2010/2011 academic year will be accepted between April 1 and May 15, 2010, so please show your support and DONATE today!

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