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Exchange New Car Sales and General Motors are extending the application deadline for their scholarship program until April 28.

The previous deadline was Monday.

The 3rd annual Citizen of the Year contest is open to students across the globe. Any senior at a Defense Department school can apply. Thirty students will win; 10 will receive $2,000 and 20 will receive $1,000.

According to Exchange New Car Sales spokeswoman Gina De Haan, the money can go toward any post-high school education, from universities to community colleges to trade schools.

Applicants must demonstrate their dedication to charity or community service. They must donate 30 hours to volunteering and write a 500-word essay answering the questions: How has volunteering affected your life? What effect has it had on the world around you?

To apply, seniors should see a guidance counselor, contact their local Exchange New Car Sales office or visit www.encs.com.

Exchange rate emails

The Service Credit Union is providing the euro exchange rate daily via e-mail to members and nonmembers.

To sign up, visit SCU’s Euro Rate Watcher at www.servicecu.org.

The daily euro exchange rate is also available by phone in Germany by calling, toll-free, 0800-732-8847.

Service Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with 14 branch offices in Germany.

Groceries for families

People wishing to help the families of deployed servicemembers can do so through a “gift of groceries” with a gift certificate through the Defense Commissary Agency.

The program allows the public to purchase and donate commissary gift certificates at the Web site www.commissaries.com or by calling a toll-free number in the States, 1-877-770-4438.

Certificates can be given to military friends and family, donated to a chaplain’s fund or family support activity at a local military installation, or sent to military families through the Air Force Aid Society, the USO or Fisher House Foundation.

Only authorized shoppers can use the certificates at any of the nearly 280 commissaries worldwide.

A charge of $4.95 covers handling, printing and mailing of gift certificates. Additional charges may apply for bulk orders or special delivery.

For security reasons, the Department of Defense is discouraging the general public from sending unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to forward-deployed servicemembers.


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