Fisher House Foundation's Scholarships for Military Children program now accepts applications for the 2018-2019 school year, as of December 15, 2017. 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. 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 pro-rated 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. Since its beginning, the program has awarded 10,114 grants worth $16.7 million to the sons and daughters of commissary patrons.
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 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.
Additional information, including the application itself as well as the question for the required essay, will be available when the program opens for the year at the Scholarships for Military Children website.
Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via the U.S. Postal Service or other delivery method to the commissary where the applicant's family normally shops. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.
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.
The Scholarships for Military Children website http://www.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.