|By Tammy L. Reed, Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, Va. — 2011 Scholarships for Military Children recipient Jordan
Cherry said receiving extra money for college lightened her financial
“This scholarship definitely decreases the financial burden of school,
which we all know is a big benefit,” she said.
Authorized patrons shop in the
Fort McCoy Commissary. In addition to providing products to
members of the Fort McCoy community, the Commissary supports
quality-of-life programs, including Scholarships for Military
Children. (Photo by Rob
Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children
Program are available at commissaries worldwide as well as online
through a link on
http://www.commissaries.com and directly at
For more information in the Fort McCoy community, visit the
Commissary, building 1537, or call 608-388-3542.
Awards will be based on funds available, but the program awards at
least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary.
Scholarships are funded by donations from commissary vendors,
manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public. Every
dollar donated goes directly to funding scholarships. No taxpayer
dollars are expended on the scholarship program. If there are no
eligible applicants from a particular commissary, the funds
designated for that commissary are used to award an additional
scholarship(s) at another store.
The scholarship program was created to recognize military families’
contributions to the readiness of U.S. armed forces and the
commissary’s role in the military community. Since the program began
in 2000, it has awarded more than $9.3 million in scholarships to
6,069 military children from 62,000-plus applicants.
“While these numbers are impressive, what’s even more impressive is
what past scholarship recipients are doing with their education,”
said Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “Many
recipients have entered a wide range of career fields such as
teaching, business, law and military service — to name just a few.
Many others have earned advanced degrees. They are making their way
in this world, and they are making a difference.”
To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must be a dependent,
unmarried child, no older than 21 — or 23, if enrolled as a
full-time student at a college or university — of a servicemember on
active duty, reservist, Guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military
member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.
Eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility
Reporting System (DEERS) database. Applicants should ensure that
they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database
and have a current military ID card.
The applicant also must be planning to attend or already attending
an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2012
or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly
into a four-year program.
Applicants must submit an essay on a topic, which is available at
http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in
to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24, 2012.
The scholarship program is administered by Fisher House Foundation,
a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members
and their families. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit,
scholarship-management services organization, evaluates applications
and awards these scholarships.
If students have questions about the scholarship program
application, call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or e-mail
For more information about commissaries, visit the website