One Copperas Cove college student will wrap up her senior year with an extra $2,000 to apply toward her college tuition, books and fees.

Kristen Martinez is the recipient of one of the Scholarships for Military Children given to only 600 students worldwide. It is awarded through the Defense Commissary Agency.

Martinez is majoring in sociology at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and maintains a 3.6 GPA. She plans to become a social worker.

“I worked a student job in graduate admissions since I was a freshman, but I had to quit the job this year to start my internship,” Martinez said. “So getting this scholarship is a real blessing,”

The scholarship is available to military dependents who are enrolled in college. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, participate in voluntary community and school activities, demonstrate leadership qualities and write an essay.

Martinez has volunteered as a Bible study student leader, with academic organizations Alpha Chi and Gamma Beta Phi, as a church volunteer and at Cove House.

Volunteers at cove house

“Initially, I wanted to go to college for art. My teacher told me about art therapy. After doing some soul searching, I found Cove House and volunteered there throughout high school,” she said. “Just seeing the people and the impact we have on them and the potential for change in people’s lives is what made me want to work in the area of social work.”

The Fisher House, known for building military comfort homes near military medical facilities, administers the scholarships through a professional scholarship management services organization.

Bernard T. Coté, whose organization administers a variety of scholarships, said the quality of applicants seeking the scholarship was stronger than in some other scholarship award programs.

“The cumulative GPA remains in the 3.7-3.9 range,” Coté said. “As in all prior years, the caliber of the applicants to the Scholarships for Military Children Program continues to be a step above those students who apply to the many other scholarship programs we administer.”

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