Cristina Amos, of Ogden, is a recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded at Hill Air Force Base, through the Scholarships for Military Children program.
More than 5,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide with 670 college and high school students being selected. Hill AFB is one of over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). Christina's parent is Kathryn Augustine-Amos. Cristina plans to use the scholarship at the University of Utah. Her school and community activities include: Colleges Against Cancer, YACS, community service, a student fellowship, Northridge High School, and cross country.
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was initiated in 2000 to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college-enrolled students. The scholarship program is open to qualified sons and daughters of members of the U.S. Armed Services including active duty, retirees, Guard and Reserves, as well as children of deceased military personnel. Applications are turned in through commissaries.
All applicants for the 2012 program were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities and write on essay on "Whose four faces would you place on a 21st century Mount Rushmore type of monument and why? The persons must be nonfictional, U.S. citizens, male or female -- the timeframe for selection is 1850 to 2011."
Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various other contests and promotions. Cristina's scholarship at Hill AFB was funded through the generosity of PepsiCo.
The Fisher House Foundation administers the Scholarships for Military Children Program through Scholarship Managers, a professional scholarship management services organization. Fisher House is known for building the military comfort homes near military medical facilities.
As in prior year programs, the level of competition continues to be keen. "The cumulative GPA remains in the 3.7 to 3.9 range," said Bernard T. Cote, president of Scholarship Managers. "As in all prior years, the caliber of the applicants to the 'Scholarships for Military Children Program' continues to be a step above those students who apply to the many other scholarship programs we administer."