• Michaels Organization presents scholarships

  • The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation through Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities awarded 24 Fort Leavenworth residents academic scholarships totaling $89,250 in a ceremony July 25 in the Hearth Room of the Frontier Conference Center.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation through Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities awarded 24 Fort Leavenworth residents academic scholarships totaling $89,250 in a ceremony July 25 in the Hearth Room of the Frontier Conference Center.
    Since its inception 29 years ago, the educational foundation, a non-profit affiliate of The Michaels Organization and founded by CEO Michael Levitt, has awarded 3,000 scholarships worth more than $8 million dollars to students throughout the country. In 2019, 294 scholarships worth more than $1 million were awarded throughout the United States.
    The scholarship fund accepts private donations throughout the year and Levitt matches the donations to the foundation $2 to every $1.
    Since 2006, FLFHC’s parent company, Michaels Military Housing, has awarded more than 170 scholarships worth more than $600,000 to Fort Leavenworth residents looking to pursue higher education in college, trade or professional school or institute.
    “The young people here today are not only exceptional students, but exemplary citizens and international citizens, and they serve their communities well,” said Deb Healy, FLFHC community director.
    Students who received scholarships were planning to focus on many different areas of study.
    Andrew Clubb, who received a $2,500 scholarship, said he wants to study computer science at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Okla., in hopes of getting a job in cyber security.
    “I’ve always had a knack with computers and cyber security just seems like one of those fields that do well,” Clubb said. “It means a lot (to receive the scholarship) because I’ve always tried to do my best and getting this scholarship will allow me to do that easier without having as much of a weight of debt behind me as I go through life.”
    Clubb’s sister, Allyson Clubb, received a $10,000 scholarship toward continuing her education at Oklahoma Christian University as a senior. She said she is majoring in psychology in hopes of pursuing a career in business psychology. This is the third year she has received a scholarship from Michaels.
    “It has helped immensely because I’m trying to pay my own way through college and then up into grad school as well, so these scholarships help me be able to do that and not work as much to pay my way through,” she said. “I can focus more on the education, so it is a big load off.”
    Military spouse Melanie Redding received a $1,200 scholarship toward her education at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. She said she is planning to study exercise science and hopes to eventually create a children’s exercise program.
    “I have been working in gyms since I was 17, so for me it is like a second home. Exercise is definitely a passion of mine. I see it as fun, not work,” Redding said. “I see so much value in health, wellness and exercise.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Mallory Libby and Gabby Victor each received a $4,000 scholarship and said they aspire to be teachers as they begin their studies as freshmen at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
    Libby said she is planning to study secondary education with a concentration in history and minor in music.
    “I hope to be a history teacher and with my music minor, hopefully I’ll be able to be an assistant band director,” Libby said. “I was just led to teaching in seeing the amazing teachers who helped me.”
    Victor said she is planning to study elementary education with a concentration in English as a second language and minoring in Spanish.
    “I have always wanted to teach ever since I was in middle school,” Victor said. “I had a really awesome second grade teacher who inspired me to go on and teach, and I also just love working with kids.”
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