MOAACC recognizes students, donors with special gift


Charlotte Coon, left, Reagan Wilf, Ryan Kressler, Sarah Bliss and Christian Hayes won scholarships from MOAACC.

Courtesy of Tim Pishdad

With the rising costs of university schooling, every little bit helps. Some students are even able to earn scholarships to help fund the way.

One program that provides students with the extra funding for future learning is the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The Cape Canaveral chapter of the MOAA (MOAACC) recently awarded 10 students with a scholarship during its MOAACC Scholarship Corporation's 36th annual Awards Luncheon.

On July 16, the MOAACC awarded each of the 10 recipients $3,500 in scholarship support. The recipients were:

• Mackenzie Baysinger, Florida State University, sponsored by David Baysinger.

• Sarah Bliss, Florida Southern College, sponsored by Mark Bliss.

• Charlotte Coon, University of Florida, sponsored by Cecil Roach.

• Forrest Dipert, Purdue University, sponsored by Mary Masterson.

• Christian Hayes, University of North Florida, sponsored by Aaron Hayes.

• Cassandra Bier, Anderson University, sponsored by James Ketchum.

• Keely Knudson, University of Florida, sponsored by Donald Harclerode.

• Ryan Kressler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, sponsored by Neil Norum.

• Chad Schroeder, Georgia Institute of Technology, sponsored by Michael Schroeder.

• Reagan Wilf, University of Florida, sponsored by Roger Wilf.

Of the 10 recipients, five were absent — Baysinger, Dipert, Bier, Knudson and Schroeder — and awards were accepted on their behalf.

“I was really surprised when I got the call,” Sarah Bliss said. “It makes it a lot easier on my family (as far as) the financial part of going to college. So, I was really surprised, but also really thankful.”

Each of the scholarship winners and their representatives had a moment to come to the podium, accept the award, and to say a few words of thanks.

In addition to the scholars, awards also were presented to donors to the scholarship fund, of $1,000 or more. Two donors were especially distinguished for having donated $10,000 or more to the fund.

“This is one of the highest moments of the whole program — when we award these kids scholarships,” said chairman and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Gordon “Bat” P. Masterson.

Through the years, the MOAACC has awarded a total of 263 scholarships for a total of $700,000.

The annual awards luncheon was held at Colony Hall at Indian River Colony Club.

For more information about the MOAACC Scholarship Corporation's annual Awards Luncheon, go to