Cole Rau, a Gig Harbor High graduate, was recently awarded a $2,000 college scholarship awarded at McChord Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. McChord is one of nearly 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency. Rau’s parents are Bryan and Tina. Rau is enrolled at Colorado State University. His school and community activities included:
• Food bank volunteer
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• Hospice volunteer
• Harbor Place volunteer
• Tidefest volunteer
• Cross-Country participant
One of the military community’s premier benefits has become even more valuable to 700 college and high school students. The annual Scholarships for Military Children Program winners were announced, and the “Honor Roll” is impressive. Approximately 4,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide. All of the recipients are listed at www.militaryscholar.org, the official website for the program.
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was initiated in 2000 to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college-enrolled students. The scholarship program is open to qualified sons and daughters of members of the U.S. Armed Services including active duty, retirees, guard/reserves, as well as children of deceased military personnel. Applications are turned in through commissaries.
Applicants for the 2015 program were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities, and write an essay. Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various other contests and promotions. Rau’s scholarship at McChord was funded through PepsiCo.
The Fisher House Foundation administers the Scholarships for Military Children Program through Scholarship Managers, a professional scholarship management services organization. Fisher House is known for building the military comfort homes near military medical facilities.
“The cumulative GPA remains in the 3.7 to 3.9 range,” said Bernard T. Coté, president of Scholarship Managers. “As in all prior years, the caliber of the applicants to the Scholarships for Military Children Program continues to be a step above those students who apply to the many other scholarship programs we administer.”