South Effingham High School graduate Donald Quinones has received a $1,500 Scholarship for Military Children, awarded at Hunter Army Airfield. Hunter Army Airfield is one of more than 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency.
Quinones plans to attend Cornell University. He is the son of Stephen Quinones and Cindy Quinones and his extracurricular activities included FBLA, Model UN, Interact Club, FCS and the National Honor Society.
Applicants for the 2013 program were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, participate in voluntary and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities and write an essay on how a first lady since 1933 has made an impact on a social issue in the U.S.
The Scholarships for Military Children program was initiated in 2000 to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college-enrolled students. The scholarship program is open to qualified sons and daughters of members of the U.S. armed services including active duty, retirees, Guard and Reserves and children of deceased military personnel. Applications are turned in through commissaries.
Manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system funded the scholarships with money ordinarily used for other contests and promotions. Quinones’ scholarship at Hunter Army Airfield was funded through Kings Hawaiian Bread.