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Local military given boost to continue their education

The 2016 Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund winners smile for the camera. Photo credit: Connie Smith

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Military kids move around a lot. They have to pack up and relocate throughout their childhoods, what with their parents being transferred from base to base. Coming from a military family myself, with veterans on both sides, this is how I wound up with a father born in France, a mother born in Hawaii, a stepfather born in Germany, and why I spent the better part of two weeks tracking down documentation for every patch of American soil abroad that my relatives were born on to prove to the TSA that my multinational background yielded an upstanding American citizen and not an aspiring Hans Gruber-like "sky pirate" when I applied for a job with them. But I digress ...

Due to the perpetual transience of Army life, the average military child will attend two to four different high schools in the course of their high school career. Army spouses attending university or trade school face similar obstacles. Planning for the future is extremely difficult when the future is so uncertain. Fortunately, the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund helps many aspiring students alleviate some of the financial pressure when it comes to continuing education.

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund supports Army families by providing merit-based scholarships and grants to the spouses and children of active-duty and retired soldiers living on and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The FLFMSF has awarded over $600,000 to JBLM families over the past 25 years. Last Friday, the FLFMSF awarded more than $45,000 in grants and scholarships to 32 Fort Lewis family members at their annual Awards Presentation. Recipients fell into one of three categories: High School Senior, Continuing College Student and Army Spouse.

High School Seniors:
Kylie Ada
Kyle Beck
Joshua Birck
Samantha Bradley
Karen Coppock
Kassidy Dent
Emily Durr
Peter Finley
Kendall Fox
Reyna Helfgott-Waters
Taejah Jones
Kylee Jovag
Ginger Kwak
Felicia Lozinski
Kyle Maddry
Stephanie Miranda
Amanda Martin
Alex Pagett
Elana Pierce
Emilie Santos
Haley Schrock
Nicolas Wright    

Continuing College Students:
Cecilia Faletagoai
Gabriela Fuentes
Isabell Murray
Madison Pate

Army Spouses:
Tiffany Graham
Noriela Guevarra
Nina Legaspi
Victoria Mutinda
Bridget Nelson (Bridget Nelson also received an additional $15,000 award from the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop.)

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is always looking for additional board members to partner with them in this amazing opportunity to serve our military personnel and our community. For more information on how you can contribute, please visit their web site at

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