MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Cherry Point’s Enlisted Spouses Club awarded two military children and a military spouse with scholarships during an awards ceremony June 20 at Miller’s Landing here.
The Enlisted Spouses Club is a nonprofit organization comprised of military spouses who promote friendship and social gathering for military spouses and their children. The club also provides entertainment and recreation for members and gives both financial and moral support for MCAS Cherry Point activities and local and national service organizations.
The club awarded a total of $1,000 dollars to two high school students preparing to enter college this year and a spouse toward earning a bachelor’s degree.
“There are three scholarships being awarded this year to military dependents of active duty, retired or deceased service members living in Craven, Carteret and Pamlico County,” said Heather Sargent, the club president. “To receive a scholarship each recipient had to submit an application and essay describing their financial need, community involvement and school activities.”
Although the money is sent directly to the school the awardee will be attending this fall, they will be able to use the funds toward tuition, books and supplies. The students will be able to use the funds for anything purchasable through the student’s account, according to Sargent.
In an effort to help service members maintain mission readiness, Sargent feels that a family must first obtain family readiness.
“We find it crucial for mission readiness that we keep our military families supported, encouraged and recognized throughout their lives as a military dependent,” said Sargent. “We strive to encourage personal growth, independence and leadership.”
Aliyah Cruz, a recipient of this year’s award and graduate of Havelock High School, intends to use the funds toward her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“I’ve applied for numerous scholarships and I’m very grateful to have been awarded this one,” said Cruz. “College is expensive and scholarships can really help lower the out-of-pocket cost for tuition – anyone looking to further their education should apply for scholarships.”
As a freshman entering college, Cruz is looking forward to expanding her horizons as she meets new people and furthers her education. Cruz aspires to be a local pharmacist.
“Every goal is achievable and with a little bit of motivation and help from others, the sky is the limit,” said Cruz.