Time to apply for military child scholarships

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Time to apply for military child scholarships

by: Tammy Reed | .
Defense Commissary Agency | .
published: December 06, 2012

FORT LEE, Va. – Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program have been available since Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide. You can also find them online.

Scholarship awards will be based on funds available, but the scholarship program awards at least $1,500 at each commissary. If there are no eligible applicants from a particular commissary, the funds designated for that commissary will be awarded as an additional scholarship at another store.

The scholarship program was created to recognize military families’ contributions to the readiness of U.S. armed forces and to celebrate the commissary’s role in the military community. In 2012, the Scholarships for Military Children Program awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to 6,742 students from around the globe.

“The Defense Commissary Agency is focused on supporting a good quality of life for our military and their families,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. “We do that by delivering a great commissary benefit, while our industry partners and public donations help the scholarship program provide money for higher education to many worthwhile students.”

To apply for a scholarship, the student must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than age 21 – or age 23 if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military identification card. The applicant must also be planning to attend or already attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2013 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

Applicants must submit an essay on a topic chosen by the Fisher House. This year’s essay topic is, “Please discuss in detail how one of the First Ladies (since 1933) has made an impact on a social issue in the United States.”

Essay must be 500 words or less, typewritten or computer-generated, double spaced, and no longer than two pages. Place your name in the upper right hand corner of each page of the essay. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 22.

The scholarship program is administered by the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their families. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship-management services organization, manages and awards these military scholarships.

No government funds are used to support the Scholarships for Military Children Program. Commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public donate money to fund the program. Every dollar donated goes directly to funding the scholarships.

If students have questions about the scholarship program application, they can call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

For details or to download a scolarship application, visit: www.militaryscholar.org

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