MOAA to present $32K in scholarships

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The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will present 23 scholarships worth $32,000 to graduating seniors during their annual Scholarship Dinner June 14 at Barksdale Air Force Base.

The ceremony will be held at the Barksdale Club with a social beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:30 p.m.  

There are 21 academic scholarships, which are awarded to a child, grandchild or great-grandchild of an active MOAA member.  There are two leadership scholarships which are presented to JROTC high school students who plan to participate in ROTC in college.  

 The majority of the scholarship recipients are graduates of local schools – six from Airline, four from Caddo Magnet, two from Parkway, two from Byrd and one from Benton – with the other eight recipients from other states.   The average scholarship recipient’s GPA is 3.85, and the average composite ACT score is 28.1.  

“I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of these young people who will receive these scholarships,” said David Jampole, MOAA Ark-La-Tex Chapter president.

The scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of members of the MOAA Ark-La-Tex Chapter, which has more than 1,500 members from all branches of the military.  The scholarship program is one of their highlights for the year where they get to recognize these outstanding students, and the scholarships awarded by the local chapter are one of the largest for any of the more than 400 MOAA chapters in the U.S.   

For 75 years, MOAA has been serving those who serve their country.  Membership is open to active duty officers, Reserves and National Guard, former and retired officers and surviving spouses.  Visit http://arklatexmoaa.org/membership/ for more information on MOAA membership.

For more information on the Scholarship Dinner or the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of MOAA, call (318) 456-4480.