Applicants must be accepted or expect to be accepted by a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its territories and pursuing a first bachelor’s degree.
Yes. A scholarship can be deferred until May of the following award year by submitting a deferral request after receiving an award letter.
No, our scholarships are one-time awards and are not renewable.
Applications are first reviewed for completeness and anonymized by the Vice President. Subsequently, a panel of eight judges evaluates each application. The selection committee includes volunteers who are military, DOD employees, and educators in the community.
Applications are assessed using a rubric that aligns with various aspects of the application, including transcripts, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, leadership roles, honors and awards, essays, and two letters of recommendation. The Scholarship Committee calculates an average score from the eight judges’ evaluations.
Scholarship recipients will be notified via email no later than mid-May.
On average, our scholarships range from $750-$5,000. The amount available for scholarships may vary from year to year depending on our funding sources.
Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the education institution beginning in July of the scholarship year. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, room and board, as well as books and supplies.
This scholarship is combinable with other scholarships, except when you have already accepted a full four-year scholarship that covers tuition, room, and board from an alternative source, or if you have received an appointment to a military service academy.
Sheer ID is a streamlined service similar to ID.me that allows users to securely submit documents to quickly verify military affiliation. In addition to reducing our paper usage, we hope Sheer ID will improve the application process. More information can be found here.