KAYSVILLE -- Thanks to Hill Air Force Base, recent Davis High School graduate Devin Vance has a head start on his college education.
The 18-year-old Kaysville resident was one of about 600 high school students across the nation to receive a $1,500 college scholarship as part of the "Scholarships for Military Children" program.
The scholarship was awarded through the Hill Commissary and the Kellogg Sales Company.
Students can apply the money to any college expense of their choice.
Vance said he found out about the scholarship purely by chance.
"My dad is in the Air National Guard, and he found out about the scholarship," Vance said. "Otherwise, I wouldn't have known about it. I think that's the case for a lot of students. There is a lot of money available if you just know where to look."
Bernard Cote, president of the program, said more than 5,000 students applied for the scholarship.
Students had to have at least one parent in the U.S. Armed Services, maintain a 3.0 grade point average through their high school career and participate in voluntary school and community activities to be considered.
Vance carried a 3.6 GPA through high school.
The students also had to write an essay on how to improve health and wellness in the United States.
Vance will attend Utah State University this fall and says he'll study exercise science.
"I am hoping I can have a career in sports medicine," said Vance, who ran track in high school. "I want to be involved with sports."
Vance said he will likely use his scholarship money to buy a few semesters' worth of books.
"It's nice, because I have a few less things to worry about financially," he said. "College is expensive, and every bit helps."