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Two win military support scholarships
Educational achievements
Jennifer Pope
Two Hinesville residents are annual Scholarships for Military Children Program winners.
Britney Bennett and Jennifer Pope have joined 560 other college and high school students in winning the scholarships. Nearly 5,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide. The recipients are listed at, the Web site for the program.
Bennett and Pope, both of Hinesville, have earned $1,500 college scholarships awarded at Fort Stewart.
Fort Stewart is one of 268 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency.
Bennett’s parents are Roger and Linda Bennett. She is enrolled at the University of Georgia. Her school and community activities include National Honor Society; Beta Club; Teens of the Chapel; Sunday school teacher and Habitat for Humanity.
Pope is the daughter of  Michael and Sandra Hensley. She is enrolled at the University of Georgia. Her school and community activities include National Honor Society; soccer, captain; Rotary Interact Club; News Crew and Art Club.
The Scholarships of Military Children Program was initiated in 2000 to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college-enrolled students. The program is open to qualified sons and daughters of members of the U.S. armed services including active duty, retirees, guard/reserves, as well as children of deceased military personnel. Applications are turned in through commissaries.
Applicants for the 2007 program were required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities, and write an essay on “If you had the power to change the outcome of any event in history, what would you change and why?”
Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for various contests and promotions. Their scholarships were funded through Pactiv-Hefty/EZ Foil.
The Fisher House Foundation administers the program through Scholarship Managers, a professional scholarship management services organization. Fisher House is known for building the military comfort homes near military medical facilities.
As in prior year programs, the level of competition continues to be keen.
“The cumulative GPA remains in the 3.7 to 3.9 range,” Bernard T. Cote, president of Scholarship Managers, 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.”

SAVANNAH — Savannah Technical College has announced the 2007 Rick Perkins Award winner is Ben Rodriguez.  
Rodriguez is the department head for automotive technology and has been an instructor on the campus for 10 years.
The award honors technical education’s outstanding instructors. It has been an ongoing, statewide event since 1991 and recognizes technical college instructors who contribute to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.
Among his accomplishments, Rodriguez started the automotive technology program at the Liberty County campus, received two national awards for his program in 2001 and 2007; National Institute for Automotive Excellence Recertification and Automotive Industry Planning Council’s State Recognition for Non-Manufacturer Affiliated Education; and received more than $150,000 in state matching funds through business partners’ donations.
“It is an honor just to win at the college level,” Rodriguez said, “the competition for instructor of the year is very close. Savannah Technical College has a lot to be proud of in their faculty and staff.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Heather L. Williams, a student at Bradwell Institute, is among 10 people statewide who have received Horatio Alger State Scholarships.
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans awards the scholarships to high school students to assist in funding their college education. The program is one of the largest need-based financial aid programs in the country.
The scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity while demonstrating strength of character, academics, commitment to pursue a college education and desire to contribute to society. The association annually awards more than $12 million in college scholarships.
Association chairman Dennis R. Washington said, “We are proud to present this award to the students of Georgia who have shown great academic promise in spite of significant challenges. The student scholars have potential to be the next true leaders of our country.”
In 2007, the program has awarded more than 1,200 scholarships to students throughout the country.

Hinesville resident Lindsey Adlen Guyett is among 2,530 students who earned degrees from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater at the end of the 2007 spring session, according to the Office of the Registrar.
Guyett received a master’s degree in agriculture.
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