Special to GUIDON
The Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2020/2021 school year kicks off Friday, marking its 20th year of awarding grants to military families and celebrating the commissaries’ role in enhancing their quality of life.
There will be at least one recipient selected at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. More applicants will be selected from those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants. For scholarship year 2020-21, Fisher House Foundation will award 500 scholarship grants of $2,000 each. The selection process begins immediately following the Feb. 24 deadline for entries.
This year marks the second in which applications are being accepted entirely online. The application, including an essay question, will be available for download from the Scholarships for Military Children website beginning Friday. Qualifying for selection to be awarded a grant is straightforward. Requirements include completing the application, submission of 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 currently enrolled in college; and an essay of 500 words or less, no longer than two pages.
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 U.S. Uniformed Services Privilege and Identification Card.
The applicant must also plan to attend or already be attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2020 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.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON from the Defense Commissary Agency.)