There are 2 things that I am extremely passionate about: my family and the Navy, in that order. Both have been extremely good to me over the years, and I try to return the favor whenever possible.
If there was a #3 on the list, it would be education. Personally, I think that education is the key to everything. All problems can eventually be solved, but it’s going to take knowledgeable people to do it. Education can help to eliminate prejudices and encourage healthy communication.
I have considered quite a few options for what I would like to do when I finally retire from the Navy (this is still a few years down the road). Most of the ideas have come and gone, but one seems to stick. I want to be a teacher. I don’t know what age group or subject yet (I’m currently leaning towards High School and History), but I know that’s what I would like to do. That’s how strongly I feel about education.
Therefore, anytime that an opportunity comes along that combines education with military families, you better believe I’m going to write about it. A non-profit organization by the name of ThanksUSA is offering scholarships to military spouses and children. I would never be able to express their mission better than they already do, so I’ll just quote that.
“ThanksUSA is a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank” the men and women of the United States armed forces. We’re doing that by providing need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses.“
You can read more about them here, but over the past 6 years, they have awarded 2,500 scholarships to military dependents worth a combined $7.5 million. They are currently accepting applications for their next round of scholarships. The application deadline is May 15th. If you are a military child or spouse and would be interested in this scholarship opportunity, please click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.
If you’re not a military dependent, but you are impressed by this worthy cause in much the same way that I am, you can certainly help. You can make a tax deductible donation here, and you can find other ideas for taking action here.
Thank you very much to the good men and women at ThanksUSA for this incredibly valuable opportunity. Somewhere, a few lucky men and women are going to get the gift of education, and there are few things more valuable than that.