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Senior receives $5,000 for service to Ft. Riley community

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rebecca Strong with day camper in Holton

Rebecca Strong with day camper in Holton

Rebecca Strong, senior in human ecology, received a $5,000 educational grant recognizing her commitment to military community service.

The Our Family for Families First Foundation scholarship recognizes Strong's academic performance and involvement and dedication to working with Army families.

To be eligible for a grant, students must submit an application, an essay on how they would benefit from financial assistance and three letters of recommendation.

Her husband is stationed at Ft. Riley and she has participated in Army Family Readiness Groups, been an instructor for Army Family Team Building and volunteered with the Protestant Women of the Chapel military ministry. This summer she was an intern for K-State Research and Extension's Operation Military Kids.

"We hosted day camps for military youths all across the state," Strong said. "We also worked on Awareness to Action, an initiative to let communities know how they can help families and children who are affected by deployment. Specifically, I worked on a grandparent initiative, the theme for the year. It focuses on how to get grandparents involved with their military grandchildren."

Strong is an ambassador for K-State's Powercat Financial Counseling; a member of Pinnacle Honor Society for nontraditional students; and a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, the national human ecology honor society.

The Our Family for Families First Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of Army families by providing scholarships and grants to the children and spouses of active duty soldiers. The organization is funded by Picerne Military Housing -- a privatized company that builds on-post, family housing for several military installments, including Fort Riley.

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This article was posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.