Scholarships available to military families

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  • By Robin McMacken
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Attention all military-dependent children and spouses in the area: The application deadline for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Officers’ Spouses’ Club scholarships is Feb. 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Each year, WPOSC awards scholarships to dependent children and spouses of active duty, retired, deceased, prisoner of war or missing in action, U.S. armed forces or Reserve component members affiliated with or residing within 100 miles of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Additional guidelines for applicants can be found on the website at

The club, which is a private organization and not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no governmental status, seeks to aid those who exemplify excellence in the classroom and local community.

“We believe the scholarships we award each year are a small way to make a large impact in the lives of military children and spouses,” said Tracey Tomme, the WPOSC Scholarship chairwoman.

According to the Department of Defense Education Activity, the average child in a military family will move six to nine times during a school career. That’s an average of three times more frequently than non-military families.

These moves and school changes bring additional stress both academically and socially, WPOSC officials said. Military spouses often put their education and professions on hold as these same moves make it difficult to complete a degree or maintain a career.

“Our scholarships help ease the financial burden on the student and their family. When a student doesn’t need to worry about their tuition or paying for books, it allows them to be fully engaged in their studies,” added Leigh Ann Yerrick, the WPOSC president.

“For students who are truly motivated, we feel the impact will last a lifetime. Our military members are often recognized for their service to our country, and we want to recognize deserving family members who have made their way around the country and the world in support of those military members. To help someone be able to follow their dreams is certainly a worthy cause.” 

Supporting military families has always been at the heart of the Wright-Patterson Officers’ Spouses’ Club. Over the last five years alone, WPOSC has awarded over $110,000 in scholarships. 

Two important parts of its mission are to enrich the lives of military members and their families and provide members with philanthropic opportunities.

Club members volunteer countless hours to raise funds through the WPOSC Base Thrift Shop, Mah Jongg book sales and the annual Make It, Bake It, Fake It Silent Auction. The funds raised support annual scholarship awards — as well as other base and community programs and events.

“It is a privilege for our membership to give back to the Wright-Patt community through volunteerism and financial contributions,” Yerrick added.

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