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Commissary Scholarship Apps Opens


The 2014 Scholarships for Military Children program is now open for applications.  This program, sponsored by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), awards at least one scholarship at each commissary location.  This year the award amount has risen to $2,000.


This scholarship is available to unmarried, dependent children of active duty, National Guard, and reserve personnel, children of retired military members, or survivors of active duty, retirees, or National Guard or reserve personnel who were on active duty at the time of their death.

Applicants must participate in a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2014.  This scholarship is only for first undergraduate-level degrees. High school applicants must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis) to be eligible to apply. College applicants must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 basis) to be eligible to apply. Students attending a community or junior college must be enrolled in a program of studies designed to allow the student to transfer directly into a four-year program.

What It Covers

These scholarships may be used to pay for qualified expenses, which include tuition, fees, lab fees and books.  They may not be used to pay room and board.

How To Apply

This scholarship has an unusual application process.  Applications maybe be obtained online, but they must be returned to an individual commissary store.  You may return them in person or mail.  There is no provision for applying online, and applications may not be submitted via email or fax.

This scholarship is pretty restrictive in the types of programs for which it can be used.  However, it absolutely awards at least on $2,000 scholarship per commissary location, and I don't think that it is super-well publicized.  Get out the word!

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