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 Senator Elizabeth A. Warren.
Jessica Dillis wants to enhance her artistic skills by spending her college freshman year in Florence, Italy, via Florida State University’s overseas study program. Upon returning to the Tallahassee, Florida, campus, she will take up double major studies in animation and marketing. Her work is on display in mural form at a pediatric clinic and at Mashpee High School. It also supported the Centerville, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where her creation helped save the life of a dog set to be euthanized.
A student with three dual enrollment classes (high school and community college), Jessica ranks third among 110 in her class. While starting the sport several years behind her peers, she became a competitive swimmer at the regional meet level by practicing six days per week. Her abilities include story telling with her art work: her senior project is a short film, the production of which benefits from her use of multiple computer programs. She hopes to parlay her talent and ambition plus skills in entrepreneurship and marketing into building a company of her own.
A factor she considers beneficial was growing up as a military child with multiple family moves due to her father’s Air Force career. One commentator, referring to those years, said the colors “appearing in her life’s painting were from exploring the far reaches of the grand place called Earth.”
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.