Twelve sons and daughters of Exchange associates will find paying for college a little easier, thanks to $40,000 in scholarships awarded by the AAFES Retired Employees Association (AREA).

The newest batch of winners brings the total number of scholarships AREA has awarded to 358 for nearly $785,000 since the program began in 1985.

This program provides freshman year college scholarships to high school graduating students who  are related to active, retired or deceased Exchange associates and assigned military personnel or work for the Exchange.

Learn more about the AREA scholarship program and get ready for next year's application process.

Click on the first picture and scroll through the winners. Read about these outstanding students, what universities they plan to attend and what fields in which they want to major.

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