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Curious shoppers wondered about the gathering Thursday morning in the frozen foods aisle of the Commissary.

This annual ceremony honored the 2019 recipients of Scholarships for Military Children. Through the generosity of Defense Commissary Agency partners and vendors, the program has awarded more than $18 million in scholarship grants to over 10,000 students since its inception in 2001. Some 500 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, are being awarded for the 2019-20 school year.

Redstone’s four winners included Tiara Ransom, Caitlyn Williams, Leah Sneddon and Caleb Worshak. Ransom and Williams attended the ceremony with their parents. Sneddon was represented by her father.

“Community involvement is what Redstone Arsenal Commissary is all about,” Store Director Samuel Somerville said. “Scholarships for Military Children is one of the ways we show we care.”

Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith presented the awards and congratulated the students and their families. “Education is our future,” he said.

Ransom, 18, of Huntsville, is a freshman at Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in visual effects. She wants to become a visual effects supervisor. Her parents, Audrey and Wilton Ransom, are both retired lieutenant


“I’m very honored in receiving this scholarship,” Ransom said. “And I’m just thankful that the (program administrator) Fisher House Foundation is investing in the future and lives of high schoolers.”

Williams, 22, of Harvest, is a senior at Athens State University majoring in English. She first wants to become a teacher and then get her master’s in library science with her dream of becoming a librarian in a school. She is the daughter of retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chris and Kay Williams.

“I’m very grateful,” Williams said. “It just relieves a big burden because it’s been hard. My dad’s been in and out of a job so this is just going to be a big blessing to our family.”

Sneddon, 22, of Harvest, is a senior at the University of Alabama majoring in apparel design and news media. She was unable to attend the ceremony because she was in testing that morning. She is the daughter of retired Air Force

Maj. Jimmy and Jane Sneddon. “She wants to be a fashion editor,” her father said.

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