AFA Announces 2012 Spouse Scholarships
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced three education scholarships of $2,500 each to assist spouses of Airmen as they pursue college or graduate degrees.
These special scholarships, based on academic achievement, recommendations and community involvement, are awarded to spouses of Airmen from Air Force active duty, Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve.
“AFA is always thrilled to distribute the AFA Spouse Scholarship because it gives us an opportunity to honor remarkable individuals who have demonstrated integrity and determination in the pursuit of higher education,” said George Muellner, Vice Chairman of the Board, Aerospace Education. “Both the academic and career goals of this year’s recipients support an underlining desire to have a positive impact on those around them. We sincerely congratulate them and wish them best of luck in their future endeavors.”
AFA supports education with numerous scholarships and grants to Air Force active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members and their dependents; and awards various educator grants to promote science and math education at the elementary and secondary school level.
2012 AFA Spouse Scholarship Recipients
Jennifer M. Forness, Andover, Kansas
Jennifer is pursuing a doctorate of philosophy in education, with a specialization in curriculum and teaching. She comes from a family that has three generations of Air Force service members, which has helped instill in her the value of education and the importance of reaching one’s goals. With her degree, she hopes to develop a universal curriculum while instilling the same values for the future youth of America.
Jenny L. Moore, Suisun City, California
Fascinated by the power of the written word since she was a child, Jenny is currently a writing teacher and pursuing her doctorate of philosophy in English. Through her experiences, she came to the realization that the typical curriculum offered in first-year writing programs may not effectively prepare students to write for specified career fields. She has repeatedly demonstrated a strong commitment to scholarship and teaching, and has begun to research how students could be taught to write for their careers. She holds a deep-rooted desire to have a positive impact on the students she teaches.
Lauren E. Widmer, Annapolis, Maryland
Lauren is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology and a certificate in Orthodontics. Though she previously sought out a degree in dentistry, it wasn’t until she did her rotations in the orthodontics department that she found her true calling. She decided that she wanted more interaction with children and felt orthodontics will have a more lasting impact. Once she finishes her degree, she plans to rejoin her husband on his assignments and provide a positive impact for the community which they will be a part of.
For more information on this scholarship, contact Lynette Cross at 703.247.5800 ext. 4807 or LCross@AFA.org.
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