Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities is pleased to announce the availability of educational scholarship opportunities to residents through the Michaels Organization Educational Foundation.The foundation awards scholarship grants to residents of Michaels Organization properties who are pursuing some form of higher education, in college, trade or professional school, or institute.In its first 21 years, the foundation awarded more than $2.8 million to worthy students throughout the country. In 2012, the foundation will award at least $175,000 in scholarship grants.Fort Leavenworth has consistently had high caliber students apply for the scholarships. The scholarships have been available at Fort Leavenworth since 2006 when housing was privatized. Since then, $120,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to residents of Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities.All high school students or high school graduates who plan to carry on post-secondary studies in the 2012-2013 school year, and who reside on a site managed by Michaels Organization are eligible to apply. This also includes military spouses who are currently enrolled in some form of post-secondary education and plan to continue their studies in the 2012-2013 school year.The criteria used to select grant recipients includes academic performance, character, and proficiency or potential in a chosen field of study. Each of these three criteria carries equal weight in determining who will receive grants.All high school students applying must possess a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. Current college students must possess a minimum of 2.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. College students who have earned a sufficient number of credits at their institution to be considered a junior must provide documentation of a declared major, as the foundation values student efforts in working toward a degree.Character will be evaluated through examination of an essay written by the student and two references. Proficiency or potential in a chosen field of study will be evaluated through examination of a second essay. The topic may be chosen by the applicant, but must be relevant to his or her field of study.As an alternative to the essay, musical or dramatic presentations may be provided. The videotape or DVD presentations may not exceed five minutes. Submission of a portfolio (not to exceed 10 pieces on compact disc or digital printouts) of artistic work or composition is also a suitable alternative to the second essay. A brief written description, including the titles of the work, performance or musical composition must also be provided.An official grade transcript that shows the courses taken and the grades awarded through the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year is also necessary. These transcripts will be used to evaluate academic performance.All grants will be made payable to the colleges or other post-secondary institutions the recipients will attend during the 2012-2013 school year. The student must provide the foundation with a copy of an admissions acceptance letter to an accredited school.Page 2 of 2 - For full application details and to pick up an application, stop by the FLFHC office at 549 Kearney Ave. or e-mail Denise Stephens at email@example.com. Deadline for submission is May 17. Transcripts are required. Students should request their transcripts no later than April 6. Grant recipients will be notified by June 29.Slim Down kick-offGrab a friend and come to the 2012 Slim Down Fort Leavenworth Challenge kick-off event from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Gruber Fitness Center. Marcy Sedwick, a registered and licensed dietitian from Munson Army Health Center, will give a presentation on diet and healthy eating. For more information or to register, contact Camri Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.Valentine card funThroughout the month of January, FLFHC is collecting homemade children’s Valentine’s Day cards. Children who want to participate will need to create a homemade card using their imagination and creativity. Any materials can be used, including premade cards as long as they are used in a creative manner with personal touches added.Children of all ages can enter, the only requirement is the cards must be homemade. Bring cards to the FLFHC office at 549 Kearney Ave. before Jan. 27 to be eligible to win. All cards collected will be displayed in the FLFHC office. Winners will receive a sweet gift and have their creativity published in the FLFHC February newsletter.Resident meetingThe quarterly resident meeting is at 5 p.m. Feb. 2 in the FLFHC conference room at 549 Kearney Ave.Valentine cooking classFLFHC’s first cooking class of the year is 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Hunt Lodge, presented by Bree Hester of www.BakedBree.com and Mike of Lansing Liquor and Wine. Members of the Fort Leavenworth Community over the age of 21 is invited to attend. Seating is limited, RSVP to Camri Yates at email@example.com.Don’t forget to stay updated with the latest news and other important information by adding FLFHC on Facebook and following on Twitter. Visit the FLFHC website at www.ftleavenworthfamily-housing.com for downloadable forms and other useful information.For more information on any FLFHC upcoming events, contact Camri Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.Utilities tipTry taking shorter showers and not letting warm water run while brushing teeth or washing hands. Not only will this save water, it will conserve energy. Water heaters account for nearly 25 percent of a home’s energy use.