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Each year, the MOAA Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to children of hundreds of military families. Learn how your contribution can make a difference to students-in their own words.

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Heather Fairbee
Longwood University

Thank you, not only for the generous assistance you gave me over the years, but also for the genuine interest MOAA has shown in me as a student and a person. I majored in French and also received my teaching license for preK-12. I spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence, France where I completed my courses and taught English in a private, Catholic school. I traveled throughout Europe, learned a lot about myself, improved my fluency, and I even got engaged on the very top of the Eiffel Tower. Since I was little, I always wanted to teach. In the eighth grade when I had my first French class, I knew then that was what I wanted to do. Nobody really believed me, but here I am.


Keenan Fish
Western Kentucky University

I thank you for the opportunity to get a higher education. I would be lying if I thanked you for the help and not acknowledged the fact I would not have been able to go at all had I not had the financial backing you supplied. I believe in college and the experience that one receives- socially and academically. It is a wonderful experience and I will cherish this time for the rest of my life. Thank you again for the opportunity to have this experience and take another step in the journey of life.


Nyssa Glenn
Virginia Tech

MOAA’s educational assistance had a significant effect on my college experience. The funding I received gave me the motivation to achieve the goals I set for myself at the beginning of my college career. These goals were to take full advantage of the opportunities at Virginia Tech in order to obtain a degree in engineering that would give me the foundation for an exciting career. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics and a minor in Mathematics. I was also a member of the General Motors/Virginia Tech Fuel Cell team where my research was directly applied to the development of GM fuel cell vehicles. I am extremely grateful for the MOAA’s confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals.


Christine Maack
Lenoir-Rhyne College

It is through the MOAA scholarship that I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College with a degree in German and International Business. This scholarship gave me the opportunity to enjoy my college career and all the benefits of being a full-time student without having to work any part-time jobs. I was able to get involved in student organizations like Sigma Kappa sorority and various music ensembles, volunteer in the community with the United Hmong Association and Catawba Science Center, and explore other subjects of academia outside of my major like Economics and Psychology. As I reflect upon my time spent at Lenoir-Rhyne, I realize that my education would have been impossible without the assistance of the MOAA scholarship.


Christopher Rababy
Virginia Commonwealth University

The MOAA Scholarship I received meant a great deal to me. It relieved a great burden of having to work full time in order to pay for school full time. With my education and Nuclear Medicine degree I have been given a bright and promising future with many areas to grow and excel in.


Robert Taylor
Corban College

I would not have achieved my goals and earned my undergraduate degree without the financial support of the members of MOAA. I am deeply grateful for your investment in my future. I have not had to take out a standard government loan like other students to pay for college. You have helped me a great deal.


Megan Watson
Villa-Julie College

Receiving monetary support from the Military Officers Association of America has helped relieve the financial burden that comes with a higher education. Because of my hands-on training, I was able to secure an internship with Adventure Productions. The company is located outside of Baltimore and has earned many awards for its work. My time with this company was extremely educational and beneficial. I was a part of their production team for Discovery's Shark Week! As a requirement for video majors I created a senior project documentary about the Village Mountain Mission Project (VMMP) in the Dominican Republic. I was blessed with the opportunity to travel a with a Boy Scout troop to document their work on a church in the village of Pueblo Nuevo. The documentary was shown at Villa Julie's senior showcase and used by the creator of the VMMP to promote the program. I would not have been able to accomplish this project without the MOAA’s financial support.


Jessica Wiedemann
University of Louisville

I truly appreciate MOAA’s scholarship because it helped me pay for school books. I did not realize how much nursing school books cost until I actually went to the bookstore to make my purchase. I am thankful to MOAA for giving me the opportunity to apply for a scholarship; I am thankful that I received one! This scholarship has allowed me more time to study because I did not have to work as much to make money to pay for books. I think that MOAA has an amazing scholarship program and I am lucky to be a part of it. I am now serving my country as an Army Nurse.