Military Scholarships

Scholarships for Military Children program opens for 2007

By Bonnie Powell, DECA

             FORT LEE, Va. – Gas prices are biting into the family budget, interest rates are rising, and college tuition is outpacing inflation. At least some relief is in sight for military families as the Scholarships for Military Children program opens for 2007. Applications for the $1,500 scholarships are available at 264 commissaries worldwide, or can be downloaded through links at

            “Scholarships for Military Children is a wonderful military community program,” said Patrick Nixon, DeCA director and chief executive officer. “Nearly 3,000 scholarships totaling over $4 million have been awarded since the first awards were given in 2001.”

            The $1,500 scholarships are available for children of military active-duty, retired, and Guard and Reserve service members. Most of the funds are donated by manufacturers, brokers and suppliers selling groceries in commissaries, and every dollar donated to the program by industry or the general public goes to fund the scholarships. The program is administered by the Fisher House Foundation.

            A significant number of scholarships, about 10 percent every year, go to high school students at DoD schools overseas. “Every cent that community organizations can mobilize to support college-bound students is an investment in the future,” said Joseph Tafoya, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

            “With college costs soaring, our DoD students and their parents appreciate every available scholarship to help defray the cost, and the scholarships enable many of our families to better afford the tuition and provide an incentive for students to work hard,” said Tafoya. “They also demonstrate that military communities are committed to education and increased opportunities for all students.”

            The scholarship program has also made inroads to increasing support from the “nonmilitary” community. California high school students sponsoring golf tournaments in 2006 raised thousands of dollars to donate to the program, and already for 2007, a private foundation has made a substantial donation.

            “We’re excited to see this worthwhile program gaining recognition and funding from the community at large, said Jim Weiskopf, vice president of communications at Fisher House Foundation. “Commissary industry support has been amazing and increased public support can only help ensure that the Scholarships for Military Children program continues to benefit the military community for many years to come.” Donations can be made through the link at, the official program Web site.

            Applications for 2007, which includes an essay on “how and why” the applicant would change an historical event, must be turned in at a commissary by close of business on Feb. 21, 2007. At least one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants.

            The program is open to unmarried children under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled in school) of military active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired personnel. Eligibility will be 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 ID card.

            The applicant must be planning to attend, or already attending, an accredited college or university full-time in the fall term of 2007, or enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

Saving for college? Use your commissary benefit

By Carole Young 

     FORT LEE, Va. – Ask young service members today why they enlisted or re-enlisted in the military and often their reply will be – education. For many young people with limited financial resources, military service has become a viable option to offset the increasing cost of a higher education. And one of the best ways college-bound service members can save for that education is by using their commissary benefit.

General Military Scholarship Information:

Military Scholarship Fund - Scholarships are now available for all services.  Commander William Stuhr awards scholarships each year.  Check on details now.

DeCA Scholarships Awarded More than 400 scholarships are awarded each year.  Military dependents from each service are eligible to apply.

Chuck Yeager Foundation targets young Aviators When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier 55 years ago, he had the "right stuff." eager still spends a lot of time making appearances and promoting flying, particularly among youngsters. Through the Chuck Yeager Foundation, "he really strives to support programs that are focused on the ideals by which he has lived his life," said foundation president, Victoria Yeager. "Last year the foundation donated $50,000 to the Yeager Scholars program, and $50,000 to the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program."  For more on Chuck Yeager, check out his official Web site at

All About Financial Aid This page provides information about student financial aid resources for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the military and for veterans and their dependents. The information on this page is intended primarily for US citizens

The MICA Scholarship Program provides scholarships for enlisted soldiers of the Military Intelligence Corps. The program is administered by the Scholarship Committee of MICA, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. All scholarships may be used for attendance at a regionally accredited college or university, or at a vocational school operated by a state or by a state-approved authority. This program does not preclude local Chapters from sponsoring their own scholarship programs with the approval of the MICA National Executive Committee.

MBA Scholarship Program - This program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America (CSFA). It is a nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization that assists in expanding educational opportunities and encourages education achievement. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability, or national origin.

TROA Educational Assistance  The 2002-2003 Application is now closed. Please check back on March 15, 2002 to see if you are a semifinalist for the Interest Free Loan and Grant Program. Semifinalists for the Base/Post Scholarship should check back in late March.  More than 7,000 students from military families have realized their dream of a college education since TROA's Educational Assistance Program was established in 1948. TROA's program provides interest-free loans to students for up to 5 years of undergraduate study as well as a limited number of grants

In response to the ATTACK ON AMERICA
pted by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, TROA has announced it is establishing a new Scholarship Program for the sons and daughters of Uniformed Services personnel—officer and enlisted, Guard and Reserves—who have died in active service. This new Scholarship Program will be called the American Patriot Scholarship Program.

Navy/Marine Corps Specific

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, and their eligible family members and survivors, when in need. To do this, counseling, loans, grants, various services, and referral to other community resources are available. There are no fees for such help

Veterans Search

Military, Veterans & Patriotic Service Organizations of America (MVPSOA) Organizations assisting veterans and their families, providing scholarships for the children of military personnel, funding memorials and museums to honor those who have served their country, and more! It  is a nonprofit organization that pre-screens high quality national and international charities and presents them for your giving consideration.

College Search Engines

Military Scholarship Fund Search Engine - One stop Search Engine for all services.  Lists scholarships that are available to specific armed services.


SRN EXPRESS: This free scholarship search database included scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate study. It also includes student loan forgiveness programs.

MACH 25: The CollegeNet scholarship search search includes 600,000 awards.

FASTAID: Claims to be "The world's largest and oldest private sector scholarship database.

THE SCHOLARSHIP PAGE: Search for scholarships by keyword or browse.

CASHE: The free scholarship search program of the well respected lending agency Sallie Mae.


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