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Mitchell P. January, center, recipient of the Officers’ Wives’ Club’s scholarship, stands with his Parents, Lt. Col. Jan January, second from the left, Jenny January, second from the right, Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, left, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and Col. John P. Farnam, right, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, at the 2013 Year-End Reception at the commanding general’s house aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., May 7. More than $5,000 was awarded in scholarships.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza

Wives help Marine children go to college

7 May 2013 | Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza

Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and Cindy Busby, his wife and member of the Officer’s Wives’ Club, hosted the Miramar OWC’s Scholarship reception at their home aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 7.

During the reception, recipients of the scholarship were recognized. This year, all three of the recipients were children of military members stationed aboard MCAS Miramar. The recipients were awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships.     

“To apply for the scholarship you need to have a parent who’s an active duty Marine currently stationed at Miramar or a retiree who at one point was stationed at Miramar and resides in the San Diego community,” said Kallie Pitcock, president of the OWC. “That’s why this scholarship is unique because it focuses on helping the Miramar community.” 
 
Mitchell January, scholarship recipient and son of Lt. Col. Jan January attended the reception to receive his certificate presented by the 3rd MAW commanding general and Col. John P. Farnam, commanding officer of MCAS Miramar.

Mitchell expressed his gratitude for the OWC scholarship.

“A lot of the times you are discouraged by the cost of college and I think having these scholarship opportunities are a good way to give back and give the opportunities to people who might not be able to [afford] it,” said January, a member of the Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, Calif., 2013 graduating class. “I’m really excited [for college].”

The other two recipients were Benjamin J. Anderson-Parks and Alexa R. Frederick. Frederick’s mother, Jeannette Frederick received her certificate in her place and Anderson-Parks will receive his at a ceremony held at Ramona High School, Riverside, Calif.

At the end of the night, the commanding officer of MCAS Miramar applauded members of the OWC for their work throughout the year. 
 
“It’s great to see organizations, like the OWC making a difference in our community,” said Farnam. 
 
The Officers’ Wives’ Club begins taking applications for the scholarship in February and encourages all eligible to apply. For more information and applications go to www.miramarowc.org

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