Who Can Apply for a Scholarship

Only students who possess a valid (not expired) U.S. Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173) and whose parent(s) are serving, or have served, in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard may apply for a scholarship. Dependent children of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Public Heath Service, other federal or military related agencies or activities, or DoD civilian employees are not eligible unless they meet the above requirement.

Applicants must ensure they possess the U.S. Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card as they must enter the 11 digit “benefits number” shown on the reverse of the card into their application. This requirement will not be waived. If the student is eligible based on his or her parent(s) military service, and he or she is not in possession of the ID card with the benefits number, they must visit the personnel office or any military branch (to include National Guard or reserve units) with the proper documentation in order to obtain one. Plan ahead as there is often a requirement to schedule an appointment in order to obtain the card.

Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate program of study leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2020. High school applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis). College applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. College freshmen must submit a first semester college transcript.

Applicants attending a community or junior college must be enrolled in a program of study designed to allow them to transfer directly into a four-year program. No scholarships will be awarded to those pursuing an associates degree as their final degree, second undergraduate, or graduate school degree.

The scholarship awards will be given for a maximum of 4 years. Exceptions can be considered if the student is enrolled in an undergraduate program of study that normally requires more than 4 years. All exceptions will be handled on an individual basis. Except in very unusual circumstances, the scholarship award cannot be deferred for future use -- it must be used during the upcoming academic year.

Applicants who receive an appointment to one of the U.S. Service Academies (or affiliated preparatory schools) or are awarded a full scholarship at any accredited U.S. post-secondary institution of higher education are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees, and other related expenses.

Applicants, or their sponsors, need not live at an installation that has a commissary. When completing the online application, select the commissary where your sponsor normally shops or the commissary nearest to where your sponsor is stationed or resides.