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Cape Cod Chapter, Military Officers Association of America recently awarded a total of $12,000 in scholarships to three graduating high school seniors. From left: Recipients Brenna Donahue of Falmouth High School, Jessica Dillis of Mashpee High School and Abigail Downes of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School; and US Coast Guard Captain Eric Bader, senior service representative, US Naval War College, who was guest speaker for the occasion in Falmouth.

The Cape Cod Chapter, Military Officers Association of America recently awarded a total of $12,000 in scholarships to three Cape Cod high school seniors. Brenna Donahue of Falmouth High School, Jessica Dillis of Mashpee High School and Abigail Downes of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School were chosen from a field of 47 applicants representing 14 institutions.

Each awardee also received a certificate of achievement signed by US Senator Elizabeth A. Warren of Massachusetts.

Brenna Donahue, a resident of East Falmouth, will attend Clark University to study psychology. Brenna qualified for the grant by virtue of her sister’s service as a US Navy nurse. As one who benefited from therapy, she wants to “make a difference in someone else’s world,” perhaps as a school counselor or therapist.

Ranked ninth in a class of 173, Brenna excelled in Advanced Placement science classes and was recognized in five honors societies the past two years. Employed since age 14 in a local bookstore and in the past as a carrier for the Enterprise, she serves at the altar, as Eucharistic Minister and as a donations counter, in her Roman Catholic parish. She also assists with the WIC (Women, Infants, Children) federal supplemental nutrition program.

A ballet dancer and symphony band member, Brenna is senior editor for a writers club publication. As to the future, Brenna says “success will never be found by bringing others down, but by raising them up.”

Since the program’s inception the Cape Cod Chapter, Military Officers Association of America has awarded more than $219,000 to graduating seniors who live on Cape Cod and the Islands. Applicants must be a close relative of someone who is serving or has served honorably in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service or National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration of the United States in any component: active, reserve or Guard. Acceptance to a post-secondary educational institution is required. Guidance offices have forms. Application deadline is annually in mid-March.

The Military Officers Association of America is a membership organization composed of active duty, retired and former officers of all seven uniformed services. Any MOAA member is eligible to join the Cape Cod chapter and participate in its functions, including scholarship, charitable and social activities. Contact retired US Army Colonel Don Lynde, president, at capecodjag@gmail.com, or write to CCC MOAA, PO Box 2272, Mashpee, MA 02649-8272.

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