MCAS Cherry Point News


Cherry Point Commissary awards military family members education grants

9 May 2014 | Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts

As school comes to an end, high school seniors begin receiving acceptance letters from the college or university that they plan to attend. With acceptance letters comes the need for financial aid, and the scholarship search is on.

The Fisher House Foundation announced three military dependents from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C, who would receive scholarships to aid them in their 2014-2015 academic year. The recipients are scheduled to receive their award letters on May 15.
This year’s recipients are Savannah Cobb, Caitlin Solter and Gessica Vallone.

Through the Scholarships for Military Children Program, military children of commissary patrons received a non-renewable grant for $2,000.

To be considered for the scholarships, applicants had to adhere to requirements like being enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a four-year undergraduate college or university accredited in the United States. The participants also had to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, according to the Fisher House Foundation Scholarship for Military Children official webpage.

In addition to the program requirements, the students were selected based on their participation in school, the community, volunteer activities, work experience and a written essay.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, with the help of over 240 commissaries, 600 recipients have been awarded the grant.

“As a recipient, I feel honored to have received the Fisher House Scholarship,” said Caitlin Solter, a senior of New Bern High School and daughter of Lt. Col. Alan W. Solter, the commanding officer of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2. “I have worked very hard and earning a scholarship to help pay for college is a blessing.”

Caitlin’s leadership in and out of school has worked in her favor to assist her in earning the scholarship, according to Jimmy Green one of the assistant principals at New Bern High.

“Caitlin is an exemplary student,” said Green. “She does what she is asked and she is a great student for others to emulate.”

With the scholarship, Caitlin Solter plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Solter aspires to start her own renewable energy company, which is to assist the needs of Eastern North Carolina.

For more information on the Fisher House Foundation Scholarship for Military Children Program visit your local commissary or visit the foundation’s website at
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