• Spouses club awards over $20K in scholarships

  • The Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club awarded more than $22,000 in scholarships to 15 high school seniors, five continuing undergraduate students and three military spouses during a ceremony May 7 at No. 1 Scott Ave.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club awarded more than $22,000 in scholarships to 15 high school seniors, five continuing undergraduate students and three military spouses during a ceremony May 7 at No. 1 Scott Ave.
    “You all are the reason why we’re here tonight,” said Holly Nusom, FLSC scholarship chairperson. “This has been such an incredible experience. Your applications were amazing. (The selection panel) was overwhelmingly impressed with all that you guys have to offer.
    “They are athletes and musicians. They volunteer in their churches and food banks,” she said. “They’re not just really good students, they are amazingly involved in their community. They’re leaders.”
    Nusom said the annual scholarships are what FLSC is all about.
    “The club is more than a social club,” Nusom said. “This is why we exist, to give money in the form of grants, which we give to local businesses, and scholarships. Those are the two main goals of the club.”
    The $22,000 in scholarships — with $3,000 donated by the Command and General Staff College Foundation to be awarded as three $1,000 scholarships to a high school senior, a continuing undergraduate student and one military spouse; and $1,000 donated by the Fort Leavenworth Thrift Shop to be awarded as two $500 scholarships — was raised at the club’s annual golf tournament, monthly luncheons, the holiday bazaar and through sponsorships from local businesses, Nusom said.
    “It is really a collaborative effort from the whole community,” she said.
    William Franklin, a senior at Leavenworth High School, received a $1,750 scholarship. He plans to attend Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., and study mechanical engineering. He said it meant a lot to him to receive the scholarship.
    “It will definitely help me along the way,” Franklin said. “I’m very excited to be able to have the help to pursue my education, and, hopefully, I can give back later after I’ve gotten my degree.”
    Fellow LHS senior Grace Mefford received a $780 scholarship. She plans to attend Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., to study life science in hopes of one day entering dental school.
    “(Dentistry) has always been something that has intrigued me. I went to the dentist a lot as a kid and just seeing the impact it had on my life, I realized I wanted to have that impact on other people’s lives,” Mefford said. “It is a profession where you’re able to build a relationship with your patients, but also operate a business.
    “I’m the first kid to go to college in my family, and I didn’t realize how expensive college was going to be, so when I started looking for scholarships I began realizing that anything helps,” she said. “I was just very thankful that I was able to get a scholarship.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Sandy Law, military spouse recipient of a $1,250 scholarship, said the scholarship has allowed her to focus on her own educational goals.
    “We have a junior in high school, and I’ve been worried about his education, so this allowed me to spend some time focusing on my own education, which I’ve been putting off for years,” Law said. “This was a tremendous help in achieving goals for myself.”
    Law is currently pursuing an online master’s degree in instructional design from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City.
    “With the degree, I hope to be able to teach math at a community college,” she said. “I love math, and I want to share my joy with everyone.”
    For more information about FLSC scholarships, visit www.fortleavenworthspousesclub.org.
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