Fort Lee Commissary Awards Scholarships to Area Students
(Scholarships, special events) The Scholarships for Military Children awarded $1,500 scholarships to Charles Eger, 18, Heather Sharff, 21, and Gloria Oh, 18.

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Eighteen-year-old Charles Eger has plans to take on an aerospace-ocean engineering double major at Virginia Tech in the fall.

A scholarship award, courtesy of the Defense Commissary Agency-Fort Lee Commissary, will help along the way.

Eger, along with Heather Sharff and Gloria Oh, were honored June 14 at the Fort Lee Commissary as winners of $1,500 scholarships, awarded through the 2007 Scholarships for Military Children competition.

Caleb Routhier and Stephanie Clark also earned scholarship awards but were not present for the ceremony.

DeCA Chief Operating Officer Rick S. Page, the guest speaker for the event, said the awardees deserved to win.

“These individuals are incredibly gifted, talented, and most importantly, incredibly focused,” he said after the ceremony. “They know what they want out of life, and they’re giving their best to get it.”

Page also said that this country can be proud that the future will be left to those like the winners.

“When you look at the future of United States of America and you see outstanding Americans like the ones that have received these scholarships, you know we’re in great hands for the future,” he said.

All of the scholarship recipients have solid plans to pursue their education and careers.

Eger, the son of retired Lt. Col. Andy Eger, said he wants to earn a master’s degree and go after a long-held dream to work at an aerospace company.

“NASA’s always been a dream but there’s also companies like Boeing and Lockheed-Martin,” said the Clover Hill High School senior.

Oh, daughter of Chaplain (Maj.) Daniel and Grace Oh, will attend the College of William and Mary and plans to major in literature and cultural studies.

“One of the great benefits of studying this field will be gaining a tolerance understanding and appreciation of others,” said Oh, also of Clover Hill.

Sharff was the only college student present. The stepdaughter of retired Staff Sgt. Charles Fitzgerald, and daughter of Fitzgerald’s wife, Vicky, and Tim Sharff, she currently attends Virginia Commonwealth University as a social work major. The 21-year-old desires to follow two career paths, one working with Military Families and the other involving equine therapy.

“My ultimate dream will be to enter an arena that involves not only helping humans in need but horses in need,” the Amelia County native said.

The scholarship awards can be used for tuition, books and other expenses.

The SMC, administered by the Fisher House Foundation and funded through various vendors, is an annual competition for local high school seniors and full-time college students.

It is in its seventh year and has awarded more than $5 million dollars to the children of Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard, retired and deceased Military members.

SMC awards at least one $1,500 scholarship for each commissary.