NEWS | July 6, 2015

2015 Silver Wings Scholarship recipeints announced

By Kristen Neukom Silver Wings Scholarship chairperson

The Joint Base Charleston Air Base Consignment Shop, in conjunction with the Team Charleston Spouses Club, recently announced the winners of the 2015 Silver Wings Scholarship program. Silver Wings is a local scholarship program focused on military dependent children as well as spouses of Joint Base Charleston.

Congratulations go to Victoria Galway, Connor Hughes, Kiana Jackson, Jaimen Mendoza, Ashley Pendergist, Chelsea Thacker, and Elizabeth Thompson. These winners were selected for their educational aptitude,  involvement in the community, dedication to their futures, as well as their strength as military dependents.

The Silver Wing Scholarship program is a joint-venture between the Air Base Consignment Shop and its sister organization, the Team Charleston Spouses Club (the spouses club is open to all ranks and all branches of Joint Base Charleston). The Consignment Shop volunteers, the majority of whom are military spouses, work throughout the year to raise money for the scholarships through the sale of consigned and donated items. The TCSC acts as the liaison by disseminating the scholarship information, judging the applications and awarding the actual scholarships.

The Silver Wings Scholarship program is a project very close to the collective hearts of its two sponsoring groups. Many times dependents - both high school and college-age children of military members, as well as military spouses - are not eligible to receive traditional scholarships for various reasons. The Silver Wings Scholarship program seeks to remedy the situation for each applicant by looking at GPA and education history, weighing those facts with school/community involvement , the applicant essay, as well as future career goals.

This year the inaugural "Volunteer Memorial Scholarship," which is dedicated to the memory of the Consignment Shop volunteers who recently lost their battles with long-time illnesses was awarded to Connor Hughes. He was selected because he embodied the can-do spirit of two gentlemen, Don Schaefer and Glen Miller, who never gave up despite difficult times.

To learn more about the Silver Wings Scholarship, for information for next year's award or if you have questions about how to become involved with the Team Charleston Spouses Club, please email scholarship@teamcharlestonspousesclub.com. Additionally, you may "like" the Team Charleston Spouses Club Facebook fan page, which will announce in January when the 2016 applications are available for download.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or consignor at the Air Base Consignment Shop, please email jbcharlestonconsignment@gmail.com. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and be able to commit to one regular volunteer day a month, if not more. Donations of all shapes and sizes are welcome - please think of the Air Base Consignment Shop when spring cleaning or clearing out before a PCS; the more sold in the shop means more scholarships that are able to be awarded for deserving military children and spouses.

The Consignment Shop is located in Building 1950, which is on O'Neal Avenue across from the Xpress and gas station. Their hours of operation are Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as the first and third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. Consignments are accepted every day from open until one hour before the shop closes.