This year’s Scholarships for Military Children program will award $1 millon dollars this year to 670 students! The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) participates in the program by collecting and submitting application packages. Commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public fund the program through donations.
FORT LEE, Va. — More than $1 million in financial assistance will go to 670 students, considered to be among the nation’s best and brightest, thanks to this year’s Scholarships for Military Children program.
Since its start in 2001, the Scholarships for Military Children program has awarded $1,500 scholarships to 7,412 children of active duty, Guard and reserve, and retired service members worldwide.
The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) participates in the program by accepting applications of eligible children and submitting their packages to Scholarship Managers, a national, non-profit, scholarship management services organization.
Stores celebrate the achievements of their local selections with a ceremony in the commissary. These ceremonies create a lot of excitement for the military community as they acknowledge the achievements of their recipients, said Michael J. Dowling, the DeCA Deputy Director.
“When you think about these young men and women, they are the best of the best,” he said. “According to Scholarship Managers, there were 4,675 people who applied, and 670 who will receive a scholarship. Doing the math, they represent the Top-15 percent. This means they’re exceptional.”
“Many of them are high school valedictorians,” he continued. “This $1,500 scholarship helps them move forward in their pursuit of higher education.”
Commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public fund the program through donations. And all donations are applied solely to funding the scholarships, said Jim Weiskopf, vice president of Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists family members with temporary lodging when they visit hospitalized service members.
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