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The Hazel E. Benn Scholarship Aids Children of Navy Enlisted Medical Personnel

Alexandria, VA – Children of Navy enlisted medical personnel are encouraged to apply for a special scholarship sponsored by the FRA Education Foundation. The Colonel Hazel Elizabeth Benn, USMC, Scholarship Fund provides $2,000 scholarships for unmarried, dependent children of persons who have served or are now serving in the United States Navy as enlisted medical personnel assigned to and serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. The deadline to apply for this and other scholarships administered by the Foundation is April 15, 2010. The Benn Scholarship is one of several administered by the FRA Education Foundation and was established by Benn’s estate to honor the memory of one of the first active-duty female Marines selected for the permanent rank of colonel. Benn became Head of the Educational Services Branch of the Marine Corps and worked tirelessly to increase the potential for Marine Corps personnel to pursue college degrees. “Thanks to the generosity of Colonel Benn and others, the Fleet Reserve Association’s (FRA’s) scholarship program has grown significantly over the past several years. We’re proud of our efforts to recognize excellence in the classroom as well as students’ active involvement in the community,” said Joseph L. Barnes, FRA National Executive Director and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Benn scholarship is open to children of all Navy enlisted medical personnel who’ve served or are serving with the Marine Corps, regardless of their FRA membership status. Applications for the Benn and other FRA-affiliated scholarships are available at www.fra.org/scholarship. The FRA Education Foundation The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) marked its 85th anniversary by launching the FRA Education Foundation in November 2009 to administer the Benn and other scholarships that total nearly $100,000 annually. FRA’s Scholarship Program has been helping deserving students reach their educational and professional goals for decades, and the Foundation is a continuation of that tradition. The awards are funded through private donations, established trusts and corporate sponsorships, and recipients are selected based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities. The Foundation partners with military and education professionals to promote life-long learning opportunities that help scholars reach their educational, professional and personal goals.  To learn more, call 1-800-FRA-1924 or visit www.fra.org/scholarship.

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