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FORT LEE, Va. - Although 2017 is just getting underway, many forward-looking
military families are preparing for college enrollment in the fall by
finalizing their Fisher House Foundation "Scholarships for Military
Children" applications in time for the program's Feb. 17 deadline.

The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in 2001 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. The program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a
nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their

Applying for one of the 700 available $2,000 scholarship grants is
straightforward. Requirements include providing a completed two-page
application; the student's official transcript indicating a minimum
cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for high school applicants, or
college transcript indicating a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above on a
4.0 scale for students already enrolled in college; and a typewritten or
computer printed essay of 500 words or less, and no longer than two pages.

This year's essay question is multi-part: "If you had the chance to have a
30-minute conversation with any person in human history (either living or
deceased), who would be the person you choose? Why? What topic would you
discuss with this person?"

"With the deadline to submit your application for the Fisher House
Scholarship for Military Children fast approaching, make sure you
double-check the list of items required to be submitted to be eligible for
the scholarship," said Marye Dobson, the Defense Commissary Agency's
scholarships program liaison.

"The two-page application, your high school or college transcripts and the
short typed essay all have to be submitted in one package," she said.

Eligibility for the program 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 dependent ID card. The applicant must also be planning to
attend or already be attending an accredited college or university, full
time, in the fall of 2017 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to
transfer directly into a four-year program.

Applicants who are awarded a full scholarship to attend a college or
university 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.

All rules and requirements for the program, as well as links to frequently
asked questions and the downloadable application are available at
Fisher House has also announced the addition of a scholarship search engine,
tailored to military families, called "Search for Service." It's free, easy
to use, and available on mobile devices or computers at the same site.

Students enter brief background information and educational goals and the
search tool will identify military-affiliated scholarships they may be
eligible for based on their input. Once the search is complete, students
receive a list of scholarships with a summary of eligibility requirements,
points of contact and links to the scholarship provider's website. Students
can elect to have a PDF file of the results immediately emailed to them for
use in selecting which scholarships to apply for.

According to Brian Gawne, vice president of community relations for Fisher
House, it was his own experience as a military father that helped identify
the need for the search engine. "We realized that with a finite amount of
money, we could have provided a few more scholarships, but by investing the
money in a search engine, it gave access to hundreds of scholarships that
people might not otherwise know about," he said.

Gawne noted that additionally, the Search For Service search engine is never
used to collect data for marketing purposes. "We're not using this to
collect data and then send email or solicitations," he said.

The Scholarships for Military Children program is managed by Scholarship
Managers, a national, nonprofit organization. If students have questions
about the scholarship program application, they should call Scholarship
Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at

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

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