• Spouses club presents $18K in scholarships

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club awarded $18,000 in scholarships to eight high school seniors, 15 continuing undergraduate students and three military spouses during a ceremony May 9 at No. 1 Scott Ave.
    “Welcome to the scholarship recipients. You guys have worked really, really hard and it showed,” said Angela Meyer, scholarship chairperson. “We’re glad that we can help you defer the cost a little bit.”
    Katie Hartrich, FLSC president, said a record number of students applied for the scholarships. Scholarship ranged from $250 to $1,500.
    Along with the $18,000 in scholarships — with $2,000 donated by the Command and General Staff College Foundation to be awarded as two $1,000 scholarships to a high school senior and a military spouse — the FLSC was also able to donate $13,000 in community assistance grants with money raised at the club’s golf tournament, monthly luncheons, and the holiday bazaar, Hartrich said.
    “We work hard and we want to give back to the military spouses and children, and we do that through our scholarships,” Hartrich said. “I think that it gives them great opportunities to continue (their education) and helps open some doors on the financial side of it.”
    Landa Owens, Leavenworth High School senior, received a $250 scholarship. She plans to attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and study to become a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.
    “The ability to pursue further into my education than I was able to in the first place means a lot,” Owens said.
    Emma Stebbins received a $500 scholarship for continuing her undergraduate studies. She recently received her associate degree from Park University through its partnership with Army University and plans to transfer to either Kansas State University or Upper Iowa University. She said she wants to study criminal justice in hopes of becoming a police officer or another career in law enforcement.
    “It’s really amazing all the opportunities that Fort Leavenworth offers to the military and their families just to get their education,” Stebbins said. “It’s been great and really helpful to me and my family.”
    Audrey Ayers, military spouse recipient of the CGSC Foundation scholarship, said it’s a blessing as a mom of four children.
    “To be able to not worry about paying for my school so I can concentrate on taking care of my kids, it’s a big deal,” Ayers said.
    Ayers is currently pursuing a master’s degree in adult learning and leadership at Kansas State University with 12 credit hours left and plans to go for her doctoral degree and become a college professor.
    For more information about the FLSC scholarships visit www.fortleavenworthspousesclub.org.
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