MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Campbell University awarded 64 partial scholarships to their military spouse students in an appreciation luncheon ceremony at the ball center here March 6.
Col. Richard P. Flatau Jr., the commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Dr. Jerry Wallace, the president of Campbell University and Dr. Lee Milliner, the director of Campbell University’s Camp Lejeune extended campus, were in attendance.
The scholarships, which pay half tuition for both spring and fall semesters, were created specifically to defray tuition expenses for military spouses who attend Campbell University, said Frank Signorile, the academic director for Campbell University’s extended campus on Camp Lejeune.
“Once a spouse is registered for class, we explain the application step by step,” said Signorile, a former Marine first lieutenant on Camp Lejeune. “The money is there; all they have to do is register for a fall and spring semester and then apply for the scholarship.”
Signorile said the program means a lot to him since he is a retired Marine.
“Truly Campbell is a military friendly school and we always have been, so we feel this is important,” he said. “Military families are so valuable, so it’s really important that we make these scholarships available to military families.”
Campbell University has been on base for over 35 years and was one of the first satellite campuses dedicated to educating military spouses and active duty personnel.
Savannah Clements, a military spouse, whose husband is with 2nd Marine Logistics group, said she felt lucky Campbell was offering this scholarship.
“My husband saw this scholarship first and told me about it,” said the business marketing student, who is slated to graduate during spring of 2010. “I called Campbell right away and got all the information I needed. It was really easy. This is the third college I have attended, and I love Campbell.”