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Natalie Minor, also a student at Faith Training Christian Academy, is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship.  She will attend University of Louisiana – Monroe and expects to study Biology.  The daughter of Gilbert and Dawn Minor, Natalie enjoys dance, basketball, and volunteering for Fort Polk Ministries.

Scholarships

Joseph Flowers, a senior at Leesville High School, is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship named in honor of Operations Group Taskforce 1 for their contribution to the Fort Polk Spouses’ Club Night in New Orleans Fundraiser held earlier this year.  Joe will attend Louisiana State University and major in Chemical Engineering.  The son of Carl and Debra Flowers, he enjoys served as captain of the soccer team and member of the LEO Club.

Michael Zschach, also a senior at Leesville High School, is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship.  He will attend Northwestern State University and major in Biology/Pre-Med.  The son of Ellen and Dean Zschach, Michael is an Eagle Scout and a volunteer firefighter.

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Kayla Foxworth, a senior at Faith Training Christian Academy, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.  She will attend Louisiana State University in the fall and plans to study Marketing.  The daughter of Anthony and Robin Foxworth, Kayla is the Senior Class President, President of the 4-H Club and business manager of the yearbook club

The response to this year’s Fort Polk Spouses’ Club Scholarship Program was unprecedented.  Nearly 40 students submitted application packets.  This year’s applicant pool was exceptionally diverse.  High school seniors, current undergraduates, and graduate students applied.  They are the dependents of active duty soldiers, retirees and reservists.  Together they embodied the population the Fort Polk Spouses’ Club strives to serve.

Although difficult, the panel of judges narrowed the applicants to a group of scholarship winners.  Together these twelve students will share a scholarship fund of $25,000.  The generosity of the scholarships is due to the hard work of the Philanthropy Committee and the Fort Polk Thrift Boutique.  

The winners of this year’s scholarships will be honored at the year’s final event.  Members will have a chance to congratulate them there, but in the meantime, here is a preview of their accomplishments.

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Christopher LaNeve, a senior at Leesville High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.  He will attend Louisiana State University in the fall and plans to study Petroleum Engineering.  The son of Chris and Kim LaNeve, Christopher is the 2017 FBLA State Champion, an all-state wrestler, and Eagle Scout.

Chesna Castro, a senior at DeRidder High School, is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the Fort Polk Thrift Boutique.  She will attend Louisiana Tech this fall and major in Chemical Engineering.  The daughter of Venancio and Veronica Castro, Chesna is an avid soccer player and will play for the Lady Techsters.

Kaitlyn Pajinag, a senior at Leesville High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.  She will attend Northwestern State University and intends to study Nursing.  Kaitlyn is the daughter of Ken and Jennifer Pajinag.  An athlete for all seasons, she plays on the volleyball, soccer, and track teams.

Madilyn Newsom is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the Fort Polk Thrift Boutique.  Currently a student at Christ for the Nations Institute, she will attend California Polytechnic University this fall and major in Agricultural Science.  The daughter of Joel and Amy Newsom, Madilyn enjoys travel, training horses, and participating in mission trips.

Ashley Swofford is a current student at Louisiana Tech University where she studies accounting.  She is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.  The daughter of Carlyle and Susan Swofford, she is active with Baptist Collegiate Ministry, the Community Building Team, and Loyal Blue.

Jake Prather is currently a student at University of Louisiana – Monroe where he studies Nursing.  He is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship funded by First Command Financial Planning.  Jake is the son of Jacki Herrington and Gil Prather.

Grant Stolfi, a senior at Faith Training Christian Academy, is the recipient of a $3,000 scholarship.  He will attend Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge this fall and plans to study Mechanical Engineering.  The son of Leo and Donna Stolfi, Grant has participated in both the swimming and baseball teams for the Patriots, along with belonging to the Beta and LEO clubs.

Andrina Forward is a graduate student at Grambling State University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Developmental Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration.  The wife of Gary Forward, she is an active member of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Developmental Education, a CASA volunteer, and the faculty advisor for the SGA at CLTCC.