Fourteen high school graduates from military communities in Europe recently received $1,500 scholarships from the Scholarships for Military Children organization, according to a news release.

The scholarship program was established in 2000 by the Defense Commissary Agency. It is open to qualified children of members of the U.S. armed forces, including active duty, retirees, guard and reserve members, along with children of deceased personnel.

Applicants had to maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities and write an essay, the release said.

Companies and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships.

Here are the 2004 scholarship recipients, their community and the college they plan to attend:

• Crystal Roberts, Schinnen, Netherlands; Crossroads College.• Erica Thompson, Sembach, Germany; Washington University.• Jeffrey Lambert, RAF Alconbury, England; Colorado State University.• Christie Rains, Wiesbaden, Germany; Georgia Institute of Technology.• Carl Nordahl, Büdingen, Germany; University of Texas at El Paso.• Julie Hess, RAF Menwith Hill, England; Utah State University.• Megan Briggs, Heidelberg, Germany; University of Florida.• Michael Lembke, Schweinfurt, Germany; Berklee College of Music.• Crystal Clark, Darmstadt, Germany; University of Maryland.• Jessica Branch, Kitzingen, Germany; University of Maryland.• Rebecca Cheney, Mannheim, Germany; University of Maryland.• Thais Diaz-Figueroa, Dexheim, Germany; University of Maryland.• Sabrina Silver, Stuttgart, Germany; University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.• Melaney Schneider, Hanau, Germany; Kansas State University.

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