Across the country students are back in school and with a new year comes a new wave of ThanksUSA Scholarship recipients. ThanksUSA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for America’s military families, announced this week that as of the start of this academic year, it has awarded more than $10 million to date in post-secondary school scholarships.
Launched in 2006, ThanksUSA has provided scholarships for university, college and post-secondary vocational education to nearly 3,400 recipients totaling $10.3 million. This season’s scholarships are being awarded to 280 recipients, including Alyssa Hochhalter, Andrew Hochhalter, and Benjamin Hochhalter, Air Force triplets from South Carolina; Frances Karnuth, a Coast Guard spouse and mother of six from Illinois whose goal is to become a nurse practitioner; and Chelsea Ehret, the daughter of a Marine who will become the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Recipients proudly represent every branch of the Armed Forces and every state and the District of Columbia.
The latest scholarship recipients will be honored at ThanksUSA’s annual gala in Washington, D.C. on September 30, 2014, where Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno will be the keynote speaker.
The annual gala will be held on Constitution Day, September 17, which caps a summer-long rap music campaign by the charity’s teenaged founders, Rachel and Kelsi Okun. The duo performed and produced a music video, “Con Rap,” a celebration of the Bill of Rights – an upbeat way to honor our government, history and military.