As if we needed more reasons to love Autumn Letendre … The golden-voiced, Gold Star Marine widow started The Golden Star USA Foundation to “provide pre-through post-deployment/war support, literature, lectures, financing, and education to our active duty and honorably discharged military service members and their dependents.”
Autumn’s husband, Marine Capt. Brian Letendre was killed in Iraq in 2006. Since then Autumn has, quite literally, been a voice for patriotism, the military community and for other surviving spouses by singing her beautifully written songs in venues across the country and advocating for military families through her Foundation.
As part of that mission, her Foundation is giving away $2,000 college scholarships to military kids. Autumn wrote me this week to ask if I would help spread the word that the deadline for scholarship applications is fast approaching and they want as many military kids as possible to know that there’s college money out there for the taking.
I wrote back and told her to ask me to do something unpleasant next time. I am only too happy to share this news with as many military families as possible.
Called The Dream Scholarship (Develop. Reach, Educate. Achieve. Motivate.) the goal of the scholarship is to “recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make on a daily basis through deployments and supporting their military sponsor who volunteered to protect our freedoms.” The deadline for applications is March 2, 2012.
To apply for the scholarship, applicants should be:
* Dependent, unmarried children of active duty or honorably discharged military personnel under the age of 21
* Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of 2012.
* Applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.
The scholarships are awarded without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin, rank or service of sponsor.
This program is independently administered by The Golden Star USA Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. The GSUSA Foundation board is solely responsible for the selection of scholarship recipients and its decisions are final. Please direct any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-(888)-317-8423 Extension 0.