The Fort Hood Area Military Family Member Scholarship Fund held a reception to award scholarships to military family members on May 22 at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel.
Beth Funk, wife of III Corps and Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II, addressed the audience, thanked the members of the scholarship fund for their work and talked about the importance of tenacity and grit.
“I want to thank them for doing all the work they’ve done throughout this whole entire year,” Funk said.
During the reception, 33 scholarships were awarded in ranging in amounts from $500 to $3,000. The awardees were not aware of the amounts of their scholarships until the ceremony. Two family members earned the most lucrative scholarships.
Jason McDonald, a military dependent, received a scholarship worth $3,000 and is going to attend The University of Texas at Austin. McDonald plans to major in psychology, hoping to earn a Doctorate of Psychology or a become a criminal profiler. McDonald said he was proud of the fact that he still had the same mechanical pencil he received in sixth grade.
Danielle Gage, a military spouse, also received a $3,000 scholarship.
Varney Carter earned $500 scholarship. He is scheduled to graduate from Belton New Tech High School on June 1 and will attend Letourneau University. Carter is a skilled piano player and is nationally ranked in soccer.
The remaining recipients were a mixture of ROTC students, valedictorians, international baccalaureate students and volunteers with the Special Olympics as well as others.
The Fort Hood Military Family Member Scholarship Fund was established on Fort Hood in 1985. It is a private organization under the supervision of the garrison commander and relies on donations and volunteers to operate. It was designed to be the focal point for all family member scholarship activities on Fort Hood.