for Military Children program opens for 2007
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 www.commissaries.com
“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
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 militaryscholar.org,
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.
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
Military Scholarship Information:
- Scholarships are now available for all services.
Commander William Stuhr awards scholarships each year.
Check on details now.
Awarded More than 400 scholarships are awarded each
year. Military dependents from each service are eligible
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 www.chuckyeager.com.
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
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.
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
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
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
Prompted 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.
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 & 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
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