By: Lynette Newcomb, MPRA Volunteer

The Military Police Regimental Association (MPRA) awarded almost 30 scholarships to their standard members’ spouses and children earlier this year after receiving a record number of scholarship applicants in 2018.

This year, a total of $29,500 in scholarships was awarded to 28 students from 14 states. Since the program’s establishment in 2006, the MPRA has given $238,300 in scholarship funds to 263 recipients in various stages of their college pursuits.

“This scholarship will help me immensely. I wish to graduate from Western Washington University in 2022, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Theatre Arts and pursue a career in software development or videography and editing around the Seattle or Vancouver areas,” explains this year’s top awardee Glory Schroeder.

Each year, fundraising and contributions to the Association from organizations and individual members continue to make the scholarship program possible.

The MPRA has also created a unique partnership with the University of Phoenix to further enhance the Scholarship Fund’s impact. Through this partnership prospective students are able to complete an application for a full-tuition scholarship for an undergraduate or master’s degree with the University of Phoenix.

Announced earlier this year, Kelsey Johnston was named the University of Phoenix 2018 Scholarship Awardee. Johnston is the step-daughter of MPRA Grand Canyon chapter president Max Hamlin. She will be pursuing a Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in industrial-organizational psychology.

“The whole opportunity seemed too good to be true. Max, and my whole family, were so excited and happy for me,” said Johnston.

Supporting educational goals of its members and their families is just one of the many ways the MPRA continues to support the Military Police Regiment. The Association also supports Military Police and their families during emergencies through their Benevolent Fund program, maintains the Military Police Memorial Grove located on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and manages an awards program that recognizes Military Police Soldiers and family members.