What does Independence Day mean to you? For many people, it’s another patriotic holiday that deserves our respect; a time to reflect on the struggles of our great nation, but also a time to celebrate all that we have accomplished in 237 years. One of the ways we love to show our pride is through social gatherings, big and small. As a child, I remember traveling to Michigan for our annual family picnic. All my aunts, uncles and cousins would be there, and everyone would bring their favorite foods. Grandpa was always in charge of the grill, making sure everything was cooked to perfection. Grandma’s task was to bake the best pies on the planet, and she never disappointed us. I would spend hours playing with sparklers, pulling pranks on my sister, and devouring all the tasty treats!
Now that I am older, I still enjoy hosting a barbecue with my own family every Fourth of July. The menu typically stays the same, with just a few variations, because my kids would pitch a fit if I left anything out. It’s funny, but when I was putting together my shopping list last week, I couldn’t help but notice how many items in my cart were tied to actual scholarship programs. Don’t believe me? Check out these star-spangled scholarships that somehow managed to appear on my holiday menu.