Commissary scholarships deadline is Feb. 16

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
DeCA Scholarships

DeCA Scholarships

Mike Perron
Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Virginia — The deadline to apply for Scholarships for Military Children is Feb. 16.

Eligible military children may apply for one of the 700 available $2,000 scholarship grants straightforward.

What’s needed
Requirements include providing a completed two-page application; the student’s official transcript indicating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for high school applicants, or college transcript indicating a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for students already enrolled in college; and a typewritten or computer-printed essay of 500 words or less, and no longer than two pages.

This year’s essay question is as follows: “With the development of high speed internet, you are now living in a world that is completely different than 20 years ago. What are the pluses and minuses for society and the family? How would you address the minuses?”

Scholarship program
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in 2001, recognizing the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force, and celebrating the role of the commissary in the military family community. The program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their families.

The two-page application, high school or college transcripts and short, typed essay all must be submitted in one package.

Eligibility for the program is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military dependent ID card.

The applicant must also be planning to attend or already be attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2018 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

Eligibility
Applicants who are awarded a full scholarship to attend a college or university or who receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.

All rules and requirements for the program, as well as links to frequently asked questions and the downloadable application are available at the Scholarships for Military Children website.

Fisher House also recently added a custom scholarship search engine to the site, tailored to military families, called “Scholarships for Service.” It’s free, easy to use and available on mobile devices or computers at mili taryscholar.org.

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