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Posted: June 14, 2018 2:57 p.m.
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DeCA awards $10K in scholarships


Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander, Col. Jason Wolter helps cut the cake with Fort Stewart Commissary scholarship recipients Eternity Briggs, Chelsea Riley, Taryn Lykes, along with Commissary Director Conney Sailes, June 6, at Fort Stewart. Background: Master Sgt. (Retired) Stan and Sheilah McPherson, attended the ceremony and accepted the scholarship for their daughter, Sarah McPherson.

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The DeCA Commissary at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield held a scholarship presentation ceremony, June 6.

During the ceremony, Commissary Director Conney Sailes and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander, Col. Jason Wolter, were on-hand to recognize four of this year’s five winners, who each received scholarships valued at $2000.   

The Commissary has been awarding scholarships to military family members since 2013.  The award initially started at $200, but accumulated to its current amount over the years.  

The scholarship is presented to family members who were selected for demonstrating academic excellence and community support.  

This year, scholarship recipients included Eternity C. Briggs, Taryn Lykes, Chelsea Riley and Sarah McPherson.  

Briggs is a graduate of Liberty High School.  Her aspiration is to attend University of West Georgia to become an Optometrist.  Eternity parents are Master Sgt. (Retired) Louis Brigs and Sgt. 1st Class Angelyn Briggs.  

Lykes, is a graduate of Long County High School.  Her career goal is to attend Barton County Community College this fall to become an Anesthesiologist.  Her parents are Elias Lykes and Terrell Richardson-Smith.  

Riley, is a sophomore at Georgia Southern University.  She wants to work in non-profit administration or public service.  Her parents are Capt. Ian Riley and Bobbie Riley.  

McPherson, who wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, is a four-time winner of the DeCA scholarship award.  She is currently a senior at Augusta University, in Augusta, Georgia.  She is pursuing her degree as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.  She plans to attend the CRNA graduate program. Her parents, Master Sgt. (Retired) Stan and Sheilah McPherson attended the ceremony and received the award for her.      

The other winner, Yarisa M. Dominguez, was not able to attend the ceremony.  She is a graduate from Richmond Hill High School and attends Georgia Southern University.  She aspires to be a criminal justice profiler.  Her parents are Chief Warrant Officer Israel and Yarinette Dominguez. 

The Fort Stewart Commissary makes these scholarships available through funds generated by community sales.  All participants can apply year after year while attending college.

Learn more about the commissary, their products and services by visiting the Team Stewart website at

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