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This holiday season is full of the usual landmark dates,
including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. However, there's one
other date in December which could prove to be almost as important as the
traditional celebrations for some military families: Dec. 13 marks the
opening of the Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2017-2018
school year.

Now entering its 17th year, the program was created to recognize the
"contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force
and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family
community," according to the mission statement on the militaryscholar.org
website.

At least one scholarship worth $2,000 will be awarded at every commissary
location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients
will be selected based on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be
awarded at those stores with larger numbers of applicants. A total of 700
scholarship grants will be awarded this year.

Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members
and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a
national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages
and awards the scholarships.

"This is always an exciting time of year, when the Fisher House Scholarships
for Military Children program kicks off, knowing 700 military children will
have the opportunity to receive a $2000 scholarship to help toward their
studies," said Marye Dobson, the Defense Commissary Agency's liaison for the
scholarship program.

The commissary's industry partners, including vendors, suppliers and
manufacturers, as well as the general public donate money to the program,
and every dollar donated goes directly toward funding the scholarships.
To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried
child, younger than 21 - or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a
college or university - of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or
Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on
active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via the U.S. Postal Service
or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicant's family
normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 12, 2017. Applications
cannot be emailed or faxed.

"Every year, we continue to be impressed by the caliber of military children
who submit applications. The students who are selected to receive
scholarship grants are truly 'the best of the best,'" said Jim Weiskopf,
Fisher House Foundation vice president.

Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military
ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college
or university, full time, in the fall of 2017 or be enrolled in studies
designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Students who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one
of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible
to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as
one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other
expenses.

In the past 16 years of its existence, the program has awarded more than $15
million in scholarships to over 9,000 students.

For more information, students or sponsors should visit
www.militaryscholar.org. You can also call Scholarship Managers at (856)
616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

Holiday Store Hours

Saturday, December 24, 2016 store will be open from 0700-1600. Sunday, December 25, 2016 the store will be closed Christmas Day.

December 31, 2016, store will be open from 0700-2000. Store will be close Sunday, January 1, 2017, New Years Day.

January 2, 2017, store will be closed for New Year's Day holiday.

January 16, 2017, store will be closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr holiday.

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