Scholarship applications for higher education now available for families

| December 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

2012 Military Spouse, Military Children programs open

Checklist for applicants for 2012 Scholarships for Military Children. (Courtesy of

Checklist for applicants for 2012 Scholarships for Military Children. (Courtesy of

The National Military Family Association Public Affairs
News Release

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The application process for spouses and military keiki seeking higher education is in full swing.

The National Military Family Association is accepting applications for its annual Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program, and the Defense Commissary Agency is accepting applications for its 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program.

Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program

NMFA recognizes the unique challenges today’s military spouses face pursuing additional training or education. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to help ease the financial obstacles that accompany pursuing a higher education.

Scholarships are awarded in six categories:

•General (high school GED, English as a second language, post-secondary, graduate).

•Licensing fee.

•Science, technology, engineering or math degree (to include certain health care fields).

•Spouses of fallen service members.

•Spouses of wounded service members.

•Vocational or technical certification.

Applications will only be accepted online and must be submitted by midnight EST, Jan. 31. Spouses of uniformed service members – active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and survivors – from any branch or rank are eligible to apply. Scholarship funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees, and school room and board.

This scholarship program is made possible by partnerships with BAE Systems and Folds of Honor Foundation.

Scholarships for Military Children

DeCA applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program are available at commissaries worldwide, as well as online at

The program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary. Scholarships are funded by donations from commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public.

To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must have a current military ID card, be an unmarried child, be no older than 23 and be the dependent child of a service member on active duty, in the Reserves or Guard, of a retiree, or of a survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Also, the student must be enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university.

Applicants must submit an essay on a topic listed at Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business, Feb. 24.

(Editor’s Note: DeCA contributed to the content of this article.)

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