DeCA’s ‘Scholarships for Military Children Program’ available

| December 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Cherie Huntington
Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs



FORT LEE, Va. — Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program became available Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide, including the Schofield Barracks Commissary.

This year’s award amount has risen to $2,000, and the program awards at least one scholarship at each commissary with qualified applicants.

“These scholarships provide our deserving students, here, the opportunity to go to school and monies to do so,” said Gregory McGruder, store director, Schofield Barracks Commissary.

“We receive two scholarships, but we’re hoping to get and offer three, especially if we get enough applicants and our sales stay where they are,” McGruder noted. “It’s free money, and I’d like for our students to apply, so this will be another blessing for them.”

An applicant 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, Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

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 2014 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 28, 2014. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not emailed or faxed.

“Typically, on a small base, you have at least 100 or so applicants, so it’s important to get those applications in,” McGruder advised, noting that last year the Schofield commissary received around 50 applications.

“It’s just important to ensure all the blocks are filled out, and are filled out correctly, and that applications are turned in as soon as possible,” he added.

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 partners, and the general public donates money to the program; every dollar donated goes directly to funding the scholarships.

Since inception of the program in 2001, more than $11.3 million in scholarships have been awarded to 7,412 military dependents from more than 71,000 applicants.

“It’s about helping people,” McGruder said, “and it’s about the military people who can apply for the scholarship.”

(Editor’s note: This article was updated with information from U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.)

Application resources
Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program are available at the Schofield Barracks Commissary or online at
The commissary is located at 698 Trimble Rd. and is open between 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday;   and 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday. Call 655-5066 for more information.
For details about the Military Children Program and scholarship, students or sponsors should call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email

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