• Spouses club awards $15K in scholarships

  • The FLSC presented $15,000 in scholarship awards to 21 members of the community.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    The Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club presented $15,000 in scholarship awards to 21 members of the community during a ceremony May 4 at No. 1 Scott Ave.
    “FLSC holds fundraising events throughout the year to support our scholarships and grants programs, and the Fort Leavenworth Thrift Shop contributed scholarships again this year as well,” said Kimberley Williams, president of the Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club. “This is the culminating event from our holiday bazaar (in November), bingo fundraiser in the spring and the ongoing efforts of the FLSC. We raised over $22,000 for all of our various community causes this year.”
    Scholarship recipients are family members of active-duty or retired military members of the Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth communities who are enrolling or are currently enrolled full-time in an institution of higher education. Williams said scholarships are merit based and structured to ensure fairness.
    “It’s an objectively competitive process where applicants were ultimately selected by an anonymous panel of judges using a double-blind process,” Williams said. “Judges scored applicants on factors such as academic rigor, leadership qualities, community involvement and their written essay.”
    Michelle Gwin, FLSC scholarship chair, helped Williams with the presentations. She said the number of recipients has grown from 11 last year to 21 this year.
    “The winners send a copy of their course schedule to me,” Gwin said. “I pay the academic institution directly from their award.”
    The 11 high school seniors receiving scholarships were Patrick Bircher, Jonathan Bradley, Adrienne Curl, Holden Giefer, Caitlin Hebert, Abigail Ko, Thomas Lauber, Megan Unrath, Brittany Valieant, Claire Whorton and Caroline Wooten.
    “I am excited and very appreciative,” Unrath said about receiving her scholarship award. “The application process was very long and included listing every activity from all four years of school, references and grades — it was well worth the effort.”
    Lauren Adams, Margaret Franklin, Ashton Harlan, Joshua Harlan, Savannah Langley, Emma Stebbins and Kasey Ward received the continuing education scholarships.
    A new distinction among the scholarships was the spouse education category in which Alisa Murphy, Katie Robertson and Jessica Wilkins were awardees. Williams said the organizational reasoning was to separate spouse fellows from the continuing education division.
    Retired Staff Sgt. Christopher Murphy was there to support his wife, Alisa Murphy, along with their daughter, Anneliesse. Murphy said the family encouraged Alisa to apply.
    “Alisa is the type of person who can do anything she sets her mind to accomplish,” Murphy said. “We encouraged her to go for it, and we were very excited for her when she got the e-mail.”
    FLSC is a private, non-profit, social organization and charitable club. Williams said club members consistently initiate and engage in projects to improve the quality of life on Fort Leavenworth. Among their activities, the organization creates educational, creative and cultural opportunities by producing various functions throughout the year. FLSC uses proceeds from all of its fundraising events to help others in the form of community assistance grants and scholarships for college.
    Page 2 of 2 - Williams said the success of the program and awards ceremony was the result of a total team effort by FLSC members and the Fort Leavenworth community.
    For more information about the scholarship program, FLSC encourages aspiring applicants to contact the scholarship chair at scholarships@fortleavenworthspousesclub.org.
    Visit the FLSC website for applications and organization information at www.fortleavenworthspousesclub.org/.
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