The Scholarships for Military Children Program was initiated in 2000 to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college-enrolled students. As in prior year programs, the level of competition continues to be very keen.


Iles wins scholarship
From Staff Reports

FORT POLK–Shelby Iles of Leesville is a recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded at the Fort Polk Commissary, one of 257 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA).
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was initiated in 2000 to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college-enrolled students. As in prior year programs, the level of competition continues to be very 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 e a step above those students who apply to the many other scholarship programs we administer.”
Iles' parents are Benton and Laura Iles. Shelby is enrolled or plans to enroll at Louisiana College. Her school and community activities include: National Honor Society; SADD; Red Cross Volunteer; FBLA; Spanish Club.
More than 6,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide. All of the recipients are listed a www.militaryscholar.org, the official website for the program.
The scholarship program is open to qualified sons and daughters of members of the U.S. Armed Services including active duty, retirees, guard/reserves, as well as children of deceased military personnel. Applications are turned in through commissaries.
Applicants for the 2009 program were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities, and write an essay on “What would you place in a time capsule to help people opening the capsule in the next century understand military life today. Explain you choices.”
Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various other contests and promotions. Shelby’s scholarship at Fort Polk was funded through the generosity of Lactaid.
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.