DVIDS – News – The clock is ticking: February 17 is the application deadline for the annual Military Child Scholarship Program


By Mike Perron, DeCA Public Affairs Specialist

FORT LEE, Va. — The February 17 deadline to apply for the Military Child Scholarship Program, administered by the nonprofit Fisher House Foundation (http://www.fisherhouse.org/), is fast approaching.

A total of 500 scholarships, each $2,000, will be awarded for the 2022-23 school year with at least one recipient selected from each commissariat where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected on a pro-rata basis, such that more nominees will be selected from Commissioners with a greater number of nominees.

“As of January 28, just over 1,200 full applications have been submitted, but from experience we expect some 5,000 before the deadline,” said Marshall Banks, director of community relations at the Fisher House Foundation.

Now in its 22nd year, the Military Child Scholarship Program, through the generosity of DeCA Business Partners and others, has enabled more than 12,300 students, selected from a pool of nearly 109,000 applicants, to share more than $21 million in scholarships.

The program was established in 2001 to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissioner in the military family community. It is open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissioners.

“Over the years, Fisher House has become a beacon of hope for military families, often during the most difficult times those families will face. Our commissioners are incredibly honored to continue to participate in a program that has provided the children of military service members with this financial boost for their higher education goals for 22 years now,” said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Saucedo, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Director of DeCA.

Program eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database. Candidates must ensure that they and their sponsor are registered in the DEERS database and that they have a valid military identification card. Applicant must also be planning to attend or already attending an accredited full-time college or university, 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 to 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.

All program rules and requirements, as well as links to frequently asked questions and the application itself, can be found on the Fisher House Military Child Scholarship webpage (https://fisherhouse. org/programs/scholarship-programs/scholarships-for -military-children/).

Fisher House also hosts a custom scholarship search engine on its website, tailored to military families, called “Scholarships for Service” (http://search.militaryscholar.org/). It is free, easy to use and formatted for both mobile devices. and computers at MilitaryScholar.org.

Students enter brief background information and their educational goals and the search tool will identify military-affiliated scholarships they may be eligible for based on their feedback. Upon completion of the search, students receive a list of scholarships with a summary of eligibility requirements, contact points, and links to the scholarship provider’s website.

“Fisher House Foundation and DeCA have a long-standing partnership on our scholarship program,” said Fisher House President and CEO Kenneth Fisher. “This program is an extension of how we support and show our gratitude to our country’s military families. It’s not enough to say thank you. »

The Military Child Scholarship Program is managed by Scholarship Managers, a national non-profit organization. If students have questions about applying for the scholarship program, they should call the scholarship managers at 856-616-9311 or email them to [email protected]

No government funds are used to support the military children’s scholarship program. Commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public donate money to fund the program.

“One hundred percent of donations to the Military Child Scholarship Program go towards the education of the recipients. This means that a donation of, say, $10,000 fully sponsors five scholarships of $2,000 each,” Banks explained. “Fisher House Foundation covers all administration fees and the cost of the scholarship management contract.”

Saucedo also praised the program’s many donors for their continued efforts to keep it alive and relevant for 22+ years. “We at the Defense Commissary Agency extend our thanks to the Fisher House Foundation as well as the generous industry partner donors and others who make these scholarships possible for so many deserving families each year.”
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About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a global chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissars provide a military advantage, saving authorized customers thousands of dollars annually on their purchases over similar products at commercial retailers. Reduced prices include a 5% surcharge, which covers the costs of building new stores and upgrading existing ones. A vital part of military family support, and an important part of military pay and benefits, commissioners help prepare the family, improve the quality of life for U.S. service members and their families, and help recruit and to retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Date taken: 02.03.2022
Date posted: 02.03.2022 13:15
Story ID: 413929
Site: FORT LEE, Virginia, USA

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