FORT LEE, Virginia — Defense Commissary Agency has announced that the Fisher House Foundation’s Scholarships for Military Children program will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year on Friday, Dec. 15.

Marye Dobson, DeCA’s liaison for the scholarship program, said while applications will be accepted until mid-February, applying will require some time and effort. “There are some fundamental eligibility and paperwork requirements, plus a student-authored essay to be written.”

Now entering its 18th 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 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.

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.

Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) 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 2018 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Militaryscholar.org also hosts a new scholarship search tool called “Scholarships for Service,” designed specifically to help the military and their family members find scholarships that best match their educational goals.

FMI: www.militaryscholar.org.

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