DVIDS – News – Applications for Military Children Scholarships Open Today


By Mike Perron, DeCA Public Affairs Specialist

FORT LEE, Virginia – Applications are now open for the Military Children Scholarship Program for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The program, now entering its 22nd year, recognizes the contributions of military families to combat force readiness and celebrates the commissioner’s role in improving the quality of life for service members. It is administered by the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping service members, veterans and their families. So far, the program has awarded more than $ 21 million to 12,312 students, selected from a pool of nearly 109,000 applicants.

“For the 22nd year in a row, the Commissioners are honored to be part of a program that provides children of military service members with this valuable financial boost for their higher education goals,” said Marine Corps Sgt. . Major Michael R. Saucedo, Senior Advisor enlisted to the Director of DeCA. “We at the Defense Commissary Agency once again thank the Fisher House Foundation and the generous industry and other donor partners who make these scholarships possible for so many deserving families each year. “

Funding for the program comes from commissary business partners and other contributions to the Fisher House Foundation designated specifically for scholarship programs.

“The Fisher House Foundation is grateful for our long-standing partnership with the Defense Commissary Agency which provides scholarships to these highly deserving young military personnel,” said Ken Fisher, President and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation. “We are also fortunate to have incredible donors who are committed to helping military families through our scholarship program. “

The selection qualifications are straightforward. Requirements include completing the application; presentation of the student’s official transcript showing a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for high school applicants, or a college transcript showing a minimum GPA of 2, 5 or more on a scale of 4.0 for students already enrolled in university; and a 500-word essay. The subject of the essay is listed on the Militaryscholar.org website under “Scholarships for Military Children”.

Program eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Applicants must ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are registered in the DEERS database and that they have an up-to-date military identity card. The candidate must also plan to attend or attend an accredited college or university, full-time, in the fall of 2022 or be enrolled in a program of study designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

Applicants who receive a full scholarship to attend college or university or who receive an appointment at one of the service academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is generally defined as a scholarship that provides payment for tuition, books, lab fees, and other expenses.
For the 2022-2023 scholarship year, the Fisher House Foundation will award 500 scholarships of $ 2,000 each. The selection process will begin immediately after the February 15 application deadline at 11:59 p.m. PST.

All rules and requirements for the Military Children Scholarship program, along with links to frequently asked questions, are available at Militaryscholar.org.

The Fisher House Foundation also has a personalized, free and easy-to-use military family-friendly scholarship search engine called “Service Awards”. It is available on mobile devices and desktop computers at Militaryscholar.org.
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About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a global chain of police stations providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissioners provide a military advantage, saving authorized customers thousands of dollars each year on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. The reduced prices include a 5% surcharge, which covers the costs of building new stores and modernizing existing ones. A vital part of supporting military families, and an important part of military pay and benefits, Commissioners help prepare families, improve the quality of life for U.S. service members and their families, and help recruit and retain the brightest men and women to serve their countries.

Date taken: 13.12.2021
Date posted: 13.12.2021 12:11
Story ID: 410993
Site: FORT LEE, Virginia, United States

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