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FORT LEE, Va. - Seven hundred students from military families each received
a $2,000 scholarship this year thanks to the 2016 Scholarships for Military
The program, created in 2001, recognizes the contributions of military
families to the readiness of the fighting force and celebrates the
commissary's role in enhancing military quality of life. It's administered
by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides
assistance to service members and their families.
"With a 13 percent increase in applications this year, the program was even
more selective than in the past," said Fisher House Foundation Vice
President Jim Weiskopf. "In addition to recognizing the scholastic
achievements of the 700 recipients, we owe special appreciation to the
Defense Commissary Agency business partners whose donations each year make
the scholarship program possible," he added.
No government funds are used to support the program. DeCA's industry
partners - vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers - and the general
public donate money to fund the program, and every dollar donated goes
directly to funding the scholarships. The contributions go to Fisher House
Foundation Inc., which treats each as a "restricted donation." The
foundation in turn contracts with Scholarship Managers, a professional
scholarship management firm, to evaluate the applications and select the
best qualified as awardees. In all there were 4,513 qualified applicants
this time around.
"I'm always impressed with the creativity and dedication to the pursuit of
scholastic excellence shown by these students," said Michael J. Dowling,
DeCA deputy director and COO. "These scholarships are a wonderful way to
give back to the military communities we serve by investing in the futures
of these brilliant children.
"Our stores are honored to host awards ceremonies for the students who've
earned a scholarship," Dowling added, "and it's important that we also
recognize the support of the many folks - our industry partners and Fisher
House Foundation - for making the scholarship program possible."
"The competition among applicants was keen," said Weiskopf. "We are
recognizing the best of the best."
One student selected for a scholarship is definitely going places. Megan
Stith of Chester, Virginia, said she will be attending school at Queens
University Belfast, in Northern Ireland. Her father, Richard, retired from
the Army as a chief warrant officer 3 after 24 years of service in 2014.
"I chose to apply there because it is sort of like home base for me," said
Stith. "I have friends and family there, because that is where my mother is
from, and for me it is a place that I feel grounded. With the help of this
generous scholarship, I will be able to continue my international education
whilst minimizing my student debt. It is encouraging to know that I have the
support of the military community."
The number of scholarship awards each year is based on funds available, but
the program awards at least $2,000 at each military commissary. If there are
no eligible applicants from a given commissary, the funds designated for
that commissary are awarded as an additional scholarship at a different
The list of this year's winners is posted at
Planning for next year's program begins soon, and the announcement of open
dates to apply is usually made in the fall.
Applications will be available in commissaries worldwide and online at
http://www.militaryscholar.org. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, a
student must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 - or 23, if
already enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university - of a
service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of
a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.
Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled
in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card.
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