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   Scholarships for Military Children program opens for business

     Check with any of 264 commissaries worldwide for information on how to apply for a $1,500 scholarship in the 2007 Scholarships for Military Children program. The DoD Education Activity is also supporting the program and will have applications available at  For complete information on eligibility and how to apply, go to The SFMC program has awarded over $4 million to nearly 3,000 military children worldwide over six years of existence. Administered by Fisher House Foundation, the program is funded by various suppliers and manufacturers selling groceries in commissaries worldwide. The program is also receiving increased donations from community groups and foundations outside the commissary industry. The public can also donate to the scholarship program through the Web site.

Military Educational Benefits

Full Time Student

Programs have been set up in the military which allow you to attend school full-time while either deferring your military commitment until graduation or by participating in a reserve or National Guard organization while in school.

Active Duty Programs

Every branch of the service offers some kind of scholarship program. These programs change often and have specific qualification requirements. 

1.  Montgomery G. I. Bill

Through the Montgomery GI Bill, you can qualify for money for college at any two or four-year college, vocational school, or correspondence course. With Active Duty, you commit to full-time duty (usually for four years but there are also 2, 3 and 6-year programs) with one branch of the military. While serving, you can qualify for college money by contributing $100 per month for 12 months ($1,200 total) through payroll deduction. You are then eligible for $536 a month for 36 months for a total of $19,296! (four year program) You can use this money as a part-time student while serving, or as a full-time student when your duty is completed.

2.  Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines offer these programs at select colleges and universities throughout the country. If you qualify, the ROTC program offers a unique college experience! During the first two years you can attend ROTC classes, such as military science, and participate in training activities.

During the your junior and senior years, you may receive a full scholarship, including tuition, books, board and other expenses. This requires a commitment to serve as an officer for a minimum of three years after graduation.

3. Specific Scholarships

Part-time Student

1.  Montgomery GI Bill

The reserve component of the MGIB allows you to serve in the military branch of your choice on a part-time basis (usually two weeks a year and one weekend per month for six years). During that time, you can earn up to $9,180.00 in total benefits. Unlike Active Duty, the Reserve does not require you to contribute any money to your benefits. You become eligible for up to $255 a month for up to 36 months after you complete basic and technical training and you can attend class full-time while you serve.

The Army and Air National Guard requires the same commitment of time (six years) as the Reserve and provides the same amount of college money (up to $9,180) but may also entitle you to additional state money for college. You may even be eligible for up to full tuition some state schools!

2.  College Funds

If you qualify for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps of Coast Guard College Fund Programs, You could receive as much as $50,000 when combined with the Montgomery GI Bill!

3.  Community College

The Community College of the Air Force, an accredited two-year college, offers more that 70 associate degree programs in scientific and technical fields, free of charge for Air Force enlisted personnel.

4.  Tuition Assistance

Most branches offer a tuition assistance program in which you may be reimbursed up to 75% of any tuition you pay. This may also apply to your spouse and children!  



For a general information on Military Scholarships, click here.

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Military Scholarship Fund - Scholarships are now available for all services.  Commander William Stuhr awards scholarships each year.  Check on details now.

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