Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012
The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, is teaming up with Military Spouse Magazine for the very first Orange Honors Scholarship award as the education sponsor. The Home Depot will award a deserving candidate or “Orange Honor” a significant scholarship toward the pursuit of his or her college degree.
An essay (between 750 and 1250 words in length) is to be submitted detailing how earning a college degree would have a positive impact on the candidate’s life. Entries can be submitted starting May 28, 2012 through July 3, 2012 at http://www.baseguide.com/contests/homedepotfiles/homedepotindex.html. The essay must be entirely original work and must mention what subject area the candidate is planning to study and how he or she plans on using the degree obtained. Essays will be reviewed by our selection committee consisting of Babette Maxwell, Co-founder and Executive Editor of Military Spouse magazine, Bianca Strzalkowski, 2011 Military Spouse of the Year and Melissa Rayworth, Managing Editor of Military Spouse magazine.
Ten finalists will be chosen and then submitted to The Home Depot for final selection of the winner. To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must be the spouse of an active duty service member or the spouse of an active Reservist. There is no restriction on the rank of the spouse. Applicants must be already enrolled in school or accepted to be enrolled by the spring semester of 2013.The winner will receive $10,000 toward tuition paid directly to their school’s financial department.
Military spouse higher education has been a complicated struggle for years. Bianca Strzalkowski, 2011 Military Spouse of the Year, has spearheaded an education initiative for military spouses nationwide. "As a military spouse who has struggled to complete a degree around the obstacles of military life, I know firsthand the challenges in finding viable financial aid options. In response to my experience I created the Military Spouse Education Initiative in hopes of expanding funding options and a program for spouses that adapts to the unique military lifestyle. Currently, over 1.1 million men and women wear the title of military spouse, all of whom should have the same chance at accomplishing their American dream as our brave service members."
As an organization, The Home Depot understands the value of education and the opportunities it presents, especially for those in military families. This sponsorship is one of countless generous gifts from The Home Depot.
Chris Hale, Military Spouse Chairman and NaVOBA President said, “The Home Depot’s support of education initiatives for military spouses is another great example of their long-standing support of the people who serve in our military and their families. The Home Depot is a Military-Friendly Employer®, buys from veteran-owned businesses and offers a military discount. They do this because it makes good business sense.”
About Military Spouse
Military Spouse magazine, published by Victory Media, is the leading national magazine for our nation's 1.1 million military spouses. The magazine's online home, http://www.baseguide.com, is a central information hub for military families and is home to the only social network exclusively for military spouses. You can follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MilitarySpousemagazine and on Twitter @MilSpouseMag. Victory Media also publishes G.I. Jobs magazine (http://www.gijobs.com) and Vetrepreneur magazine (http://www.navoba.com), and has created the Buy Veteran movement (http://www.buyveteran.com) powered by NaVOBA.
The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,254 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.
Home Depot Foundation
In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans. Through Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit [ http://www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
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BP Media Relations, LLC
Barbara Pflughaupt – 212-707-8181 or Judee Cohen - 917-721-0663
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