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To honor her four children, Christine McFadden created the MSSM (named for Melanie, Stanley, Stuart, and Michelle) Friendship Scholarship Foundation, which has already awarded 19 undergraduate scholarships of $4,000 each per year (renewable for three years). The chief criteria: Applicants must possess the characteristics of friendship—such as the loyalty, service, and compassion Christine's children exhibited. A friend of the applicant must write a recommendation letter. "I wanted the scholarship to encompass all of my children's lives," McFadden says. "That's why it's based on character and integrity. Any child can apply—an applicant doesn't have to be class president or have top grades." Recipients, though, must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

For more information or to make a donation, visit mssmfoundation.org or call (209) 722-MSSM.

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