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2003 - Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

The Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence - 2003

In a July 22, 2003, ceremony at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, this year's recipients of "The Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence" were announced.

This is the fourth year that Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times Media Group have jointly sponsored the program which seeks to reward ingenuity and innovation for volunteer organizations working to improve military quality of life. The challenge was straightforward: "Present an innovative plan to improve the quality of life for your military community and receive funding to carry out the plans."

The Honorable Charles S. Abell, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), assisted in the presentation of $50,000 in grants to 14 volunteer organizations for their innovative programs to improve military quality of life. Mr. Abell joined Kenneth Fisher, Chairman, Fisher House Foundation; Tom Indoe, Chief Operating Officer of Newman's Own; and Elaine Howard, President, Military Times Media Group, in presenting the awards.

A total of 100 entries were received. Six judges, two from each of the sponsoring organizations, evaluated each entry based on the organization's impact to the respective communities, creativity and innovation. To be eligible, each organization was required to certify that it was a private or non-profit organization operating with authority of a military installation commander. Every organization submitting an entry will receive a certificate of recognition from Paul Newman.

Fort Meade, Maryland

$4,000 Grant

The "Scholarship Program," administered by the Fort George G. Meade, Maryland Enlisted Spouses Club funds $1,000 educational grants for military children at the base. For years, the program was funded by profits from the Thrift Shop, but with the closing of the base after the events of September 11, 2001, non-military customers can no longer get to the facility, and sales have decreased significantly to the point where the Club can sponsor only ten rather than 15 scholarships. For further information, contact Evelyn Silva at


For complete information about the 2003 winners of "The Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence," visit the website.