The Seven Springs Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) awarded two $650.00 scholarships at their recent Christmas dinner.  Recipients had to be a veteran, or the spouse or child of one.  The scholarship winners, Michaela Shott and Craig Johnson, Jr., are currently enrolled at ASU-Beebe.  They were guests of the Seven Springs Chapter at the dinner where the awards were presented by chapter president J. W. “Jake” Jacobson, LtCol USMC (Ret).

Michaela Shott enlisted in the Air National Guard in November 2016.  She is currently an Airman First Class serving as an aerospace medical technician and has recently been nominated for the diamond award.  Michaela is attending the Beebe campus pursuing an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences and upon graduation will transfer to UCA In Conway to earn her bachelor’s degree in biology.   She then hopes to be accepted by Auburn University to pursue her final goal, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Craig Johnson, Jr served five years in the US Army.  He served in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and was deployed to Iraq in 2009-2009 where his primary duty was convoy escort.  He is attending the Heber campus to earn an associate degree and then plans to transfer to the Jonesboro campus to complete his bachelor’s degree in education.  His passion is to be able to teach in an elementary school.

MOAA is a veterans’ service organization which lobbies for benefits for active duty personnel, veterans, and their families.  Membership in MOAA is open to any currently serving or veteran officer or warrant officer in any branch of the US armed forces or their reserve or National Guard components.  Inquiries for membership or more information on the organization can be made to Jake Jacobson at 501-270-1062 or jacobjake@aol.com.