Cannon spouses' clubs award $13,000+ in scholarships

The Officers Spouses and Enlisted Spouses clubs awarded more than $13,000 in scholarships to students April 19. Front row: Angela Minear OSC co-chair, Erin Bailey, Kelsey Ashmore, Iris Grooms and Christine Caldwell. Back row: Eli Godwin, Jayme Nauman, Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. Allen Millinac, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Bonnie Gillespie. (Courtesy photo)

The Officers Spouses and Enlisted Spouses clubs awarded more than $13,000 in scholarships to students April 19. Front row: Angela Minear OSC co-chair, Erin Bailey, Kelsey Ashmore, Iris Grooms and Christine Caldwell. Back row: Eli Godwin, Jayme Nauman, Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. Allen Millinac, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Bonnie Gillespie. (Courtesy photo)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE -- President John F. Kennedy  said, "our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource." 

On April 19, the Cannon Enlisted Spouses' Club (ESC) and Cannon Officers' Spouses' Club (OSC) honored 14 students and military spouses in their pursuit of progress in education at the annual ESC/OSC Scholarship Awards Banquet. 

Through various fundraisers including Kids' Bingos, the Wild Wild West Night and the Thrift Shop, the ESC and OSC raised more than $13,000 in scholarship awards for 2007. 

The ESC Scholarship Committee was led by Co-Chairs M.J. Anderson and Manuela Kenny. The OSC Scholarship Committee was led by Co-Chairs Angela Minear and Christine Caldwell. 

Nearly three dozen applications were received for these awards. An independent judging panel consisting of five men and women, from the military and educational community scored applicants on academic achievements, community involvement, work ethic, a sample essay and a letter of recommendation. 

The following students and military spouses received awards:
2007 OSC Scholarship Recipients
Kelsey Ashmore
Erin Bailey
Bailey Bell
Bonnie Gillespie
Eli Godwin
Iris Grooms
Jayme Nauman
Tyler Waddle 

2007 ESC Scholarship Recipients
Kyle Adams
Jaclyn Heath
Porsha Howell
Megan Maher
Sabrina McCarty
Charles Moon III 

Colonel Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing commander, presented each award recipient with a certificate. 

As a special highlight, Chief Master Sgt. Allen Mullinax, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, presented a scholarship sponsored by the Cannon Chiefs' Group to recipient Kyle Adams. Colonel West then closed the evening with words of congratulations and encouragement for the scholarship recipients.