Scholarship Awards Information

The Scholarships
The 2020 Scholarships for Military Children Program will award $2,000 non-renewable scholarships. Prior year recipients must reapply to be considered.

Excepting extremely unusual circumstances, the awards cannot be deferred for future use; the awards must be used for educational expenses incurred during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

The awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin, rank or service of the sponsor.

The Selection Process
Recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Participation in school, community and volunteer activities
  • Work experience
  • An Essay

The Notification Process
Letters will be mailed to recipients on or about May 15th.

Scholarship Managers will mail a check to the recipient's home address on file on or about August 1st. The check is made payable to the college or university selected by the scholarship recipient. It is the recipient's responsibility to forward the check to the appropriate office at the college or university.

It is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that Scholarship Managers has their most current address on file.

Only those selected to receive a scholarship are notified. Those not selected do not receive letters.

How may the scholarships be used?
Scholarship checks issued by Scholarship Managers are made payable to the school the recipients will attend, not to the student. IRS Publication 970 states that scholarships may be used to pay for qualified expenses, which include tuition, fees, lab fees and books. Other degree-related costs (like supplies or equipment required for specific classes) that are purchased from, and paid directly, to the school are also allowed.

IRS Publication 970 specifically states that scholarship money used to pay for room, board and travel is not tax exempt, and as such, is beyond the desired purpose of this program.

Program Administration
This program is independently administered by Scholarship Managers (SM), a nonprofit scholarship service organization which has no connection to the Defense Commissary Agency or the Fisher House Foundation. SM is solely responsible for the selection of scholarship recipients and its decisions are final. Please direct any questions or concerns to SM at (856) 616-9311 or