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Military Child of the Year program offers cash and prizes, nominations open now

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Mary Kate Cooper, left, receives the Military Child of the Year® award during the 2017 Military Child of the Year® Awards at a Ritz-Carlton hotel. Each year, the Military Child of the Year® Award is presented by Operation Homefront to outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership, and achievement. (U.S. Navy photo my Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric S. Brann /Released)

Youths ages 13 to 18 in  families are eligible to receive a $10,000 cash award, a trip to Washington, D.C., and a big plus on their college applications through the Operation Homefront 2018  Child of the Year Awards.

There are seven awards, six of which will represent a branch of the  in which a parent serves — the  Corps, , Coast Guard and National Guard.

These awards recognize recipients for scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular activities.

The seventh award is the  Child of the Year Award for Innovation, presented by global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. The award goes to a  child who has designed “a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge.”

The Innovation Award recipient will work with a Booz Allen Hamilton team to develop a plan to scale the recipient’s project by drawing on technology and strategic thinking as a part of the corporation’s competitive Summer Games.

Students may apply for the Innovation Award themselves, and anyone can nominate a deserving youth for a service branch award. Nominations and applications are being taken at MilitaryChildoftheYear.org through Dec. 4.

Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose stated mission is “to build strong, stable, and secure  families so that they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

Operation Homefront provides financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to “prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles.”

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