Fisher House military child scholarship applications now available

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Mike Perron
Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, Va. — The application period for Defense Commissary Agency’s Fisher House Military Children Program for the 2017-2018 school year is underway.

Now entering its 17th year, the program was created to recognize the “contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community,” according to the mission statement on the militaryscholar.org website.

Defense Commissary Agency logoAt least one scholarship worth $2,000 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 stores with larger numbers of applicants. A total of 700 scholarship grants will be awarded this year.

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.

“This is always an exciting time of year, when the Fisher House Scholarships for Military Children program kicks off, knowing 700 military children will have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 scholarship to help toward their studies,” said Marye Dobson, DeCA’s liaison for the scholarship program.

Widespread support
The commissary’s industry partners, including vendors, suppliers and manufacturers, as well as the general public, donate money to the program, and every dollar donated goes directly toward funding the scholarships.

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 the 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.

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 2017 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

In the past 16 years of its existence, the program has awarded more than $15 million in scholarships to over 9,000 students.

Learn More  
You can also call Scholarship Managers at (856) 616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.
For more information, students or sponsors should visit www.militaryscholar.org.

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