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DoDEA high school student awarded national level scholarship

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  • By Airman 1st Class Carissa Wolff
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Jacob Bailey, son of Chief Master Sgt. Ralph Bailey, 36th Communications Squadron, was awarded the Bernard Brown II Space Camp Scholarship from Military Child Education Coalition May 17.

The Bernard Brown II Space Camp Scholarship from Military Child Education Coalition was first advertised through the school announcements system and later announced through a parent newsletter email. 

Scholarship applicants were required to be children of active duty, activated Guard or Reserve military parents. Applicants were selected from grades six through nine. They submitted hand-written essays, which included why they should be selected, evidence of patriotism, future goals, community service and "after camp" intentions. Two letters of recommendation with contact information were also required. The deadline for the scholarship applications was March.

"All in all it took Jacob about a week to get everything together for the scholarship application," said Chief Bailey. "He used his free time to complete the requirements of the scholarship, by writing the required essay at home." 

Jacob, who has always been interested in aeronautics and aerospace, said winning the scholarship would allow him to learn more about those subjects.

"My dad told me that this scholarship would be a great opportunity to pursue, and after looking into the scholarship, I decided that attending Space Camp would be interesting," said Jacob.

Jacob is a youth teen leader in the Protestant Youth of Chapel Two on Andersen. Jacob also volunteers for the Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed youth ministry program at Chapel Two. 

This past year, Jacob was the starting shortstop of the Guam High School baseball team. He's a big University of Alabama fan, earning him the nickname "Bama" from his baseball coach and teammates.

"I am very excited to have won the scholarship," said Jacob. "I am already looking forward to this summer's camp. When I first found out that I won the scholarship, I was speechless and in shock. I am also very proud to have won this scholarship; I'm glad my hard work paid off."