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Shreveport Bossier MAC celebrates scholarship winners

Representatives from the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs council present a $1,000 academic scholarship to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sara Hagmeier, 307th Maintenance Group aircraft scheduler, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 12, 2019. Hagmeier will use her scholarship to earn an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

Representatives from the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs council present a $1,000 academic scholarship to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sara Hagmeier, 307th Maintenance Group aircraft scheduler, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 12, 2019. Hagmeier will use her scholarship to earn an associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

David Dethloff, president of the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council, speaks during the Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana and MAC quarterly update luncheon at Barksdale, June 12, 2019. The MAC presented more than a dozen Barksdale Airmen with academic scholarships during the luncheon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

David Dethloff, president of the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council, speaks during the Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana and MAC quarterly update luncheon at Barksdale, June 12, 2019. The MAC presented more than a dozen Barksdale Airmen with academic scholarships during the luncheon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Amber Perry, an inspections coordinator for the 307th Bomb Wing Inspector General, speaks with other guests during the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council quarterly update luncheon at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 12, 2019. Perry earned a 2019 MAC scholarship, which she will use to achieve her bachelor's degree in emergency and disaster management. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Amber Perry, an inspections coordinator for the 307th Bomb Wing Inspector General, speaks with other guests during the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council quarterly update luncheon at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 12, 2019. Perry earned a 2019 MAC scholarship, which she will use to achieve her bachelor's degree in emergency and disaster management. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Diamond McNutt, a material management specialist assigned to the 307th Logistics and Readiness Squadron, listens to a speaker at the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council quarterly update luncheon at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 12, 2019. McNutt earned a $1,000 scholarship from the MAC, which she will use to earn a bachelor's degree in biology. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Diamond McNutt, a material management specialist assigned to the 307th Logistics and Readiness Squadron, listens to a speaker at the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council quarterly update luncheon at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 12, 2019. McNutt earned a $1,000 scholarship from the MAC, which she will use to earn a bachelor's degree in biology. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

      Representatives from the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council were on hand here May 10 to present 20 Barksdale Airmen with educational scholarships of $1000 each.

       In a letter announcing the recipients, Kathi Smith, Shreveport Bossier MAC executive director, referred to the quality and depth of the applicant pool.

      “As in previous years, the competition was extremely tough,” she said. “Even though these applicants are only a small representation of the Airmen assigned to Barksdale, they clearly demonstrate the commitment to excellence and the outstanding character of our Armed Forces today.”

       Scholarship applicants were judged on academic accomplishments, academic and professional goals, community service, leadership, and financial need.

       Master Sgt. Amber Perry, who serves in the 307th Bomb Wing’s Inspector General Inspector office, has won the scholarship in 2017 and 2019.   For her, the money is a great way to fill in gaps in tuition funding.

        “I passed my G.I. Bill down to my son, so having access to this scholarship is awesome,” she said.

        She also stressed the importance of what the money represents in terms of how it indirectly benefits the military.  Perry is pursuing a bachelors in Emergency and Disaster Management, a career field directly related to her military duties in the Air Force Reserve and her civilian job at Air Force Global Strike Command headquarters.

        “My degree helps me understand disaster response outside the base and how it relates to what we are doing at Barksdale, so it is cool to see how they are related and interact with one another,” she said.

        Staff Sgt. Sara Hagmeier, an aircraft scheduler with the 307th Maintenance Group, and Senior Airman Diamond McNutt, 307th Logistics Readiness Squadron materials helper, also received scholarships.

      McNutt, who is pursuing a degree in Biology and plans to become a physician’s assistant, was unsure about her prospects of getting the scholarship when she first applied.

      “When I found out about winning the scholarship, I was very grateful. It’s a great opportunity,” she said.

       Like McNutt and Perry, Hagmeier is thankful for the monetary help the scholarship provides.  But she also feels the MAC recognizing her efforts was just as important as the financial reward.

       “It feels good to win such an honor, especially since there were only 20 people across the entire base who won a scholarship,” she said. “I’m forever grateful.”

        The Shreveport Bossier MAC has offered the scholarship since 2013, giving out more than $60,000 in tuition assistance since the program’s inception.

        To find out more about the scholarship and the application process, visit the Shreveport-Bossier MAC website at sbmilitaryaffairs.com and click on the programs link.  Potential applicants can also email maceagle@shreve.net or call (318) 429-2418.