Military student program deadline approaches for scholarship applications

| February 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Defense Commissary Agency
News Release

Defense Commissary Agency

Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — Eligible students who want to apply for the Defense Commissary Agency’s 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program still have time, but the clock is ticking.

Applications must be completed and delivered — not postmarked, but delivered — to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24.

The following are key reminders for scholarship applications, which are also available in greater detail at

•Current military ID. Applicants and their sponsors must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, database and have a current military ID card.

•Military family member. Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child — no older than 21, or 23 if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university — of a service member on active duty; a reservist, guardsman or retiree; or survivor of a service member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.

•College bound. The student must be planning to attend, or already be attending, an accredited college or university, full time in the fall of 2012, or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

•Essay. The essay must be 500 words or less, stapled to the application and written in the following format: typed, double spaced, no more than two pages, applicant’s name in upper right-hand corner of each page. The essay topic is “Whose four faces would you place on a 21st century Mount Rushmore-type monument, and why?”

The person must be a nonfictional, U.S. citizen, male or female, and the time frame for the selection is 1850 to 2011.

•Correct address. Applicants must provide their permanent home address on the front page of the application — not their college address.

•Complete package. The submission package must include a transcript or copy of the applicant’s grades; essay with applicant’s name on each page; parent or guardian’s signature, as well as the applicant’s signature on the application; and the applicant’s high school College Board Code number, if available.

•Copies. Applicants should maintain their own copy of their application and essay.

•One submission. Applicants can only submit their application to one commissary. Submitting to more than one store will disqualify the applicant from consideration.

•Faxes or emails. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Scholarships for Military Children

Scholarship applications are available in commissaries and online at; choose the “News & Info” tab and then the “Scholarship Info” tab. At least one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded at every commissary with qualified applicants. For details, call scholarship managers at (856) 616-9311 or email, or directly access the scholarship site and applications at

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