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Posted: July 13, 2017 2:12 p.m.
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Commissary awards scholarships


Korsha Brown stands with her Mother, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Catena Cassidy, after receiving a $2000 college scholarship via the commissary's 2017 Scholarships for Military Children program.

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Three local students were awarded $2,000 college scholarships by Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander Col. Jason A. Wolter, at the Fort Stewart Commissary, July 12, in behalf of the 2017 Scholarships for Military Children.

Korsha Brown, from Baton Rouge, Lousiana; Cameron Reese from Fort Riley, Kansas; and Sarah Lynn McPherson of Hinesville all were awarded the scholarships which are sponsored by the Scholarships for Military Children program. This program is one of many initiated by the Defense Commissary Agency to involve commissaries even more deeply in the military community, according to Denise Simpson, assistant store director at Stewart.

Brown is the daughter of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Catena Cassidy, 3rd Infantry Division Artillery. She will start college as a freshman in the fall to major in information systems management. Brown will be attending Auburn University.

Reese is the son of Aaron and Renee Reese. He will be a freshman at Morehouse College in the fall to major in economics. He says he intends to pursue a career as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.

McPherson is the daughter of retired Master Sgt. Stan and Sheilah McPherson of Hinesville. She is a junior at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia where she is majoring in nursing. She aspires to be a certified registered nurse anesthetist upon completing college.

Each year, the Scholarship for Military Children are open to qualified sons and daughters of U.S. military ID card holders, to include active duty, retirees and guard and reserve members. Graduating high school seniors, as well as students currently enrolled in a four-year program, are eligible to apply. Details about eligibility or the application process can be found at the Military Scholar Web site, or through a link on

Applicants for the 2017 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 this topic: "If you had the chance to have a 30-minute conversation with any person in human history (either living or deceased), who would be the person you choose? Why? What topic would you discuss with this person?"

The scholarship program is administered by the Fisher House Foundation, which operates a network of comfort houses located near military medical centers, providing a "home away from home" for the Families of hospital patients in crisis. Scholarships are funded by manufacturers, vendors and organizations that sell groceries or provide services to commissaries. The public may also contribute to the scholarship program through a link on

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