For Cody Long, 18, a Terry Sanford high school graduate, life is changing.
No longer is he learning to play tuba for band, serving as the senior class president or participating in the Technology Student Association.
Long is on to his next new challenge. He is one, of three Fort Bragg Family members awarded the Corvias Military Living, 2013 Our Future Scholarship, sponsored by the Our Family for Families First Foundation.
Long is heading to North Carolina State University in the fall where he will major in history and international studies.
“I was sitting at the table when the Picerne (now Corvias Military Living) people called,” said Long.
“I was really excited because usually a call means it’s good news.”
Long’s parents credit his drive and initiative for his continued success in life.
“I have never had to push Cody to do anything,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Klickman, Cody’s stepfather.
“He does everything on his own and I’m really proud of him.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, Long had to have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA as well as write a 1,000 word essay on his experience being part an active-duty military Family.
“As a military child, I was not afforded the luxury of ignorance in regard to matters of international conflict or rising global tensions,” Long wrote. “Both great men in my life, my father and my stepfather, were Soldiers in special operations.”
The pride Long has in the military he said fuels him to continue his education so he can play a bigger role in helping others.
“I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch the world revolve,” Long wrote. “The game is being played and it’s my turn to play it. I have attempted to play the game in high school, but as a high school student, the impact I can leave on the world around me is minimal, but unmistakably apparent.”
About the scholarship
The Our Future Scholarship was established by John G. Picerne, president and CEO of Corvias Group and Corvias Military Living. Ten high school seniors of active-duty servicemembers, with plans of attending a four-year university or college, from Forts Bragg, Meade, Polk, Rucker, Riley, Sill and Aberdeen Proving Ground will receive up to $50,000 towards their education.