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Military Children's Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2001 – The Feb. 15 deadline is fast approaching for students to apply for $1,500 scholarships in a new program funded by manufacturers and business partners of the military commissary system.

The Scholarships For Military Children program expects to present hundreds of $1,500 awards -- roughly one for every commissary in the Defense Commissary Agency net of nearly 300 commissaries worldwide.

The program is open to qualified college-bound or college-enrolled sons and daughters of U.S. military ID card holders, including active duty, retired National Guard and Reserve members. Survivors of deceased members are eligible if college-bound and under age 21, or already enrolled as a full-time student and under age 23. Completed applications should be returned to a local commissary by close of business Feb. 15. A store official must validate applicants' eligibility by checking their dependent ID cards.

Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average and write a short essay on "What Being a Military Dependent Means to Me." Application forms are available at the stores or can be downloaded at www.commissaries.com. A "Frequently Asked Questions" section can also be found at the Web site.

Fisher House Foundation administers the program. DeCA and Fisher House are not involved in selecting scholarship recipients. Scholarship Managers, an independent contractor, will select winners on the basis of merit. Winners will be notified by April 30.

(From a Fisher House Foundation press release.)

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