A total of $10,000 went to four high school seniors from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the Islands on May 6, 2017. For a fourth year the Cape Cod Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America at its annual scholarship event awarded that amount to finalists from among 45 applicants representing 12 institutions. Recipients Devon Harris, Barnstable High School, Meghan Remillard, St. John Paul II High, Merrick Rubinstein, Bourne High, and Julia Telman, Nauset Regional High, received their grants at the Brookside Club, Bourne, Massachusetts, ceremony. Guest speakers Captain Edward Rozak and Commander Steve Kelleher, Commandant and Assistant Commandant, Corps of Cadets, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, encouraged the graduates to pursue leadership skills.
Devon Harris, Hyannis, Massachusetts, plans to attend Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont, the nation’s oldest private military college, inspired by his father, a U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant with 22 years’ service. After acquiring a degree in criminal justice, Devon aspires to an Air Force commission, perhaps serving in the Office of Special Investigations. He captained his school’s basketball and track teams, participated in Y-Achiever, a YMCA program to inspire possibly at-risk teens, also in Astronomy Club, since kindergarten has been present every school day, was an elementary school volunteer and worked in a market two summers. Described as determined, self-motivated, a seeker of challenges, responsible, humble, cooperative, supportive of team members, he is also one who resists peer pressure, has an encouraging attitude and a pleasant demeanor.
Meghan Remillard, East Falmouth, Massachusetts, seeks a degree in German at University of Vermont, Burlington – although she has four years of Mandarin with A+ grades behind her. An older brother, one of eight children, four of whom are foreign adoptees, is a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Active in her Roman Catholic parish youth ministry, she has a 3.95 grade point average, is an AP Scholar, was a member of the lacrosse and swim teams, has acted more than one part in several dramatic productions and dreams of world travel. An outgoing leader, she willingly shares her faith, has traveled to Poland for World Youth Day, been in the Washington, DC, March for Life multiple times and joined community fund raising events for health causes. She aspires “to see the world through [her] own eyes,” finding work in service, perhaps in the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.
The deceased grandfather of Merrick Rubinstein, Bourne, Massachusetts, was a U.S. Army Corporal 1947-1950. First in his class, he wants to pay his way through university, attending Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, in liberal arts and deciding later on a major. An accomplished public speaker with 23 dramatic productions behind him including playing Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Fagin in “Oliver,” he is committed to advocacy and supporting others, as 500 hours of Boy Scout community service demonstrate. He holds the highest rank in his troop: Silver Eagle Palm. For his Eagle project he interviewed elderly community citizens, then created and edited a video archive for the historical society, honing skills as an organizer, planner, editor and communicator along the way. The lengthy project was completed on time due to his perseverance.
Julia Telman, Brewster, Massachusetts, takes a 3.91 grade point average and five years’ French credit to George Washington University, Washington, DC, for pre-med studies. She desires specialization in obstetrics and gynecology, perhaps someday becoming involved in bettering women’s health care globally. A spring 2017 trip to Haiti reinforced her commitment. Julia’s deceased grandfather, a U.S. Army Sergeant in Europe during WWII, was awarded the Bronze Star in January, 1945. She served three years in student senate, two in Human Rights Academy, was in Haiti Club, STEMINIST which focuses on women in science, tech, engineering and math, acted as head of National Honor Society’s community service committee, participated on crew and basketball teams, was Feminism Club president, and an AP U.S. History tutor for her peers. Her hobby is creating ceramics on a potter’s wheel.
Since the program’s inception the Chapter has awarded over $195,000 to graduating seniors who reside on Cape Cod and the Islands. Applicants must be a close relative of someone who is serving or has served honorably in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service or National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration of the United States in any component: active, reserve or Guard. Acceptance to a post-secondary educational institution is required. Guidance offices have forms. Application deadline is annually in mid-March.
The Military Officers Association of America is a membership organization constituted from active duty, retired and former officers of all seven uniformed services. Any MOAA member is eligible to join the Cape Cod Chapter and participate in its functions, including scholarship, charitable and social activities. Contact President Colonel Don Lynde, U. S. Army, retired, at [email protected], or write to CCC MOAA, PO Box 208, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675-0208.
MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. With more than 370,000 members from every service branch, it is a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the compensation, benefit, life and transition interests of all members of the military.