Program offers scholarships for military children
By Mike Perron, DeCA public affairs
/ Published January 26, 2016
FORT LEE, Va. -- Now entering its 16th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program began accepting applications from eligible students Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide.
A total of 700 scholarship grants, each worth $2,000, will be awarded for the 2016-17 school year. Those students selected for the honor will join nearly 9,000 who've been awarded more than $13.9 million in scholarship grants over the last 15 years.
At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected based on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.
To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 -- or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university -- of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.
Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicant's family normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.
Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2016 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.
Students who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.
Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards the scholarships.
The commissary's industry partners -- vendors, suppliers and manufacturers --and the general public donate money to the program, and every dollar donated goes directly toward funding the scholarships.
Scholarship Applications are available at Militaryscholar.org.
For more information, students or sponsors can visit www.militaryscholar.org. You can also call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at email@example.com.
Applications may be hand carried to the Peterson Commissary or sent via regular mail or another mail system such as FedEX or UPS. Scholarships can be dropped off at the administrative office behind the Self Check Out Registers or at the Customer Service Desk behind Register 11. The Peterson point of contact for this program is Judith Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-556-7765 extension 3027.