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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — More than 40 students from military families living in Europe were among this year’s 670 recipients of college scholarships awarded through the Scholarships for Military Children Program.

The $1,500 scholarship prizes were awarded to 44 students in Europe, with one declining because of his appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., according to the official list of scholarship recipients, posted at

The Defense Commissary Agency and Fisher House Foundation, which supports military families, team up to offer the scholarships; manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system provide the funding for the scholarships, according to an announcement from the administrators of the program.

Applicants for the 2012 program were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities and write an essay on “Whose four faces would you place on a 21st century Mount Rushmore type of monument, and why?”

More than 5,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide, with at least one scholarship awarded at every DeCA location, according to organizers.

The scholarship program, which began in 2000, is open to unmarried dependents, younger than 23, of active-duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members or survivors of servicemembers who died while on active duty or of individuals who died while receiving military retirement pay. Details for 2013’s program will be available in December at

This year’s scholarship recipients in Europe, according to the Scholarships for Military Children Program, are:

Ankara, Turkey - Julie Hansen

Ansbach, Germany - Danielle Walsh

Aviano, Italy - Joshua Stevens

Bamberg, Germany - Caroline Bentley

Baumholder, Germany - Sydney Giefer

Bitburg, Germany - Sarah Love

Chièvres, Belgium - Dylan DesJardins

Grafenwöhr, Germany - Katharine Cooper and Gabriel Ruiz

Heidelberg, Germany - Marie-Elise Goetzke, Kristina Meeker and Connor Daly

Hohenfels, Germany - Kathleen Butler and John Dillon

Illesheim, Germany - Rose Bertram

Incirlik, Turkey - Chelsea Eckert

Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany - Kaitlyn Schwartz, Zachary Miller and Heather Hoffman

Lajes Field, Azores - Chandler Bruns

Naples, Italy - Emily Stebbins

Panzer Kaserne, Böblingen, Germany - Emma Murray

Patch Barracks, Stuttgart - Jesse Miller and Sydney Loy

RAF Alconbury, England - Jonathan Lee

RAF Lakenheath, England - Evan Reed and Colin McDonnell

RAF Menwith Hill, England - Jade Thomas

RAF Mildenhall, England - Jared Knupp

Ramstein Air Base, Germany - Carl Lewenhaupt, Kelcie MacKenzie, Austin Marlowe, Holly Lanier, and James Cho ( declined scholarship, attending United States Military Academy)

Robinson Barracks, Stuttgart - Elizabeth Derner

Rota, Spain - Terrence Paris

Schinnen, Netherlands - Ashlee Fowler

Schweinfurt, Germany - Sylina Byron

Sembach, Germany - Nicole Sponaugle

Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany - Edwin Santos

Vicenza, Italy - John Bonney

Vilseck, Germany - Stefanie Powers

Vogelweh, Germany - Ekaterina Tangog

Wiesbaden, Germany - Shelby Wardle

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