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March 5, 2008 > Operation:MOM Scholarship Fund

Operation:MOM Scholarship Fund

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

Operation:MOM, a non-profit organization based in Castro Valley, whose mission is to support the family and friends of the men and women serving in the U.S. Military, is proud to present the launch of its annual Scholarship Fund. The Operation: MOM Scholarship Fund will assist the dependents of U.S. Military needing financial assistance for college or vocational education.

The Scholarship Fund will contribute to Operation: MOM's overall mission of supporting the families of all branches of the military. "Students across the country can apply as long as they meet the application criteria," said Linda Little, retired high school teacher of 34 years, two-time Masonic Teacher of the Year and one of three educators that make up the Operation: MOM Scholarship Advisory Board, which will manage the scholarship program. "We hope to receive a lot of applications this first year," Little added.

To apply, candidates must be a dependent of a U.S. military parent, veteran or legal guardian, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average, and be currently enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school. There are no restrictions on race, religion, sex, branch of service of parent or guardian, or geographic location.

The selection process will involve review of the applications and interviews in person or via telephone. Once the Board receives confirmation of the scholarship recipient's enrollment, the scholarship award will be deposited with the school and may be used for tuition and/or books. Depending on funds available and the number of qualified applicants, a minimum of one and maximum of three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 1.

For the application form and more information about the Operation: MOM Scholarship Fund, as well as programs such as Little Touch of Home and the Wounded Hero Fund, visit www.operationmom.org.

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