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FORT LEE, Va, November 26, 2012 – The Scholarships for Military Children Program celebrated a major milestone in 2012 as it reached more than $10 million in scholarships awarded to 6,742 students from around the globe.
It's time, once again, to add to these impressive numbers, as applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available starting Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide. You can also find them online through a link on this website and directly at http://www.militaryscholar.org.
Scholarship awards will be based on funds available, but the program awards at least $1,500 at each commissary. If there are no eligible applicants from a particular commissary, the funds designated for that commissary will be awarded as an additional scholarship at another store.
The scholarship program was created to recognize military families' contributions to the readiness of U.S. armed forces and to celebrate the commissary's role in the military community.
"DeCA is focused on supporting a good quality of life for our military and their families," said Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. "We do that by delivering a great commissary benefit, while our industry partners and public donations help the scholarship program provide money for higher education to many worthwhile students."
To apply for a scholarship, a student must be a dependent, unmarried child of an active duty service member, reservist, guardsman, retiree, or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree, and must be younger than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university. Eligibility 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 ID card. An applicant must also be planning to attend or already attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2013, or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.
Applicants must submit an essay on a topic chosen by the program administrator, Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their families. The essay topic will be available Dec. 3 on http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 22, 2013.
Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards these military scholarships. If students have questions about the scholarship program application, they should call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No government funds are used to support the Scholarships for Military Children Program. Commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public donate money to fund the program. Every dollar donated goes directly to funding the scholarships.
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773