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AUSA and MCEC Offer Scholarship for Prestigious Summer Program

The Military Child Education Coalition™ (MCEC) is excited to announce that the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) will provide one Army teenager with a full scholarship to the prestigious SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE at St. Albans School, Washington, DC, during the summer of 2008. AUSA has agreed to sponsor one student for this highly competitive program, knowing that Army children possess a wealth of experience and expertise that can be enhanced by admission to this school. The MCEC has agreed to provide information about this scholarship through its wide network of high schools because it is a truly unique opportunity.

The School of Public Service
School of Public Service (SPS) is a leadership program which features an intensive four-week summer academic session held in Washington, D.C., from June 22 - July 19, 2008. Only 30 rising high school seniors are selected to participate in SPS, located at St. Albans School on the grounds of the National Cathedral. SPS admits both male and female students who have already shown a great deal of interest in public service, as well as an ability to positively influence others. While in the program, the students gain experiences designed to heighten not only an interest in public service but also their probability of entering into and succeeding in a career in civic leadership. Students study at the highest level of scholarship, using Harvard and other case studies that are more commonly used at the graduate level. No credit is given to SPS students; rather they are motivated by their interest in public policy and their desire to be contributing members of the group.

The SPS website gives more in-depth information. Please be sure to view the 2007 Program’s Blog, as it gives great insight into the program’s daily activities:

Eligibility for the School of Public Service
As of summer 2008, students must be a rising Senior (having completed the Junior year). SPS seeks students – male and female -- who excel in their studies and who have a keen interest in English, History, Government, and Debate. The ideal applicant is one who is willing to read, reflect, interview, discuss and debate issues of current interest. Students must also be willing to visit with key leaders throughout the Washington, D.C. region to observe, listen and question.

The AUSA Scholarship
AUSA will fund the total cost of tuition, room and board for one student for this summer’s program. The value of this scholarship is just short of $5,000. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be the son or daughter of a member of the United States Army (Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard), either currently serving or retired. The decision on the scholarship award will be made by May 7, 2008.

In addition to the AUSA scholarship, SPS also offers financial aid. Applicants who do not receive the AUSA scholarship, but are still interested in attending SPS, are encouraged to apply for financial aid from the general fund.

How do I apply?
HURRY! Deadline for the online application is April 15, 2008. The transcript and recommendation letter should be received by SPS in hard copy (or via email for applicants abroad) by May 1, 2008. Application must be made online at the SPS website: Applicants for the AUSA scholarship are not required to pay the $25 application fee (even after April 1st). Scholarship hopefuls must state clearly on their applications (at the top of the essay for Section 2, Number 2) that they are applying for the AUSA SCHOLARSHIP and specify how they are eligible (see section above). There is no additional paperwork for the scholarship.

Please contact Ms. Suzanne Woods at SPS with any questions: - or –