Local student receives scholarship from military


Kayla Neal


From Contributed Reports

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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 have been announced and the Honor Roll is impressive. Approximately 5,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide.

Kayla Neal of the Battleboro community is a recipient of a $2,000 college scholarship awarded at Camp Lejeune MCB. Camp Lejeune MCB is one of over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency.

Kayla's parents are Rick and Kahleen Neal. Kayla is enrolled or plans to enroll at East Carolina University. Her school and community activities include Timmy Global Health, Honors College Ambassador, Nurse Shadowing Program, Student Pirate Club and Queen In You Mentor.

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 2018 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 on "With the development of high speed internet you are now living in a world that is completely different than 20 years ago. What are the pluses and minuses for society and the family? How would you address the minuses?"

Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various other contests and promotions. Kayla's scholarship at Camp Lejeune MCB was funded through the generosity of Fisher House Foundation.

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.

As in prior year programs, the level of competition continues to be very keen.

"The cumulative GPA remains in the 3.7 to 3.9 range," said Bernard T. Cote, 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."