Scholarships for Military Children

The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community.

The online application for the 2023-2024 Academic year will be available in mid-December 2022. Please check back in September 2022 for additional details.

Our 2022 Winners are posted! View them here.

The Scholarships for Military Children program intends that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually at each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.

Five hundred (500) scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for the academic school year 2022-2023. There is at least one recipient selected at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients are chosen on a prorated basis. Therefore, more applicants may be selected from those commissaries with more significant numbers of applicants.

Who Can Apply?

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 in or retired from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard may apply for a scholarship.*

  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree or a community/junior college designed to allow for a direct transfer into a four-year program.
  • 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 2.5. College freshmen must submit a first-semester college transcript.
  • Applicants or sponsors do not need to live at an installation with a commissary – simply select the commissary where you shop or the one nearest to you.

How Do I Apply?

The Scholarships for Military Children Program expects that the student completes the application themselves and they must attest to this when submitting the application.

  1. Create an account which you can later come back to.
  2. Complete all tabs of the form – a green checkmark indicates completion.
  3. Write a short 500 word essay – essay topic will be announced when the scholarship opens.
  4. Submit transcripts
  5. High school applicants – transcript indicating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  6. College applicants – transcript indicating a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  7. You must validate your eligibility as a military dependent by entering the benefits number found on the reverse of the DD Form 1173 U.S. Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card. If you qualify for an ID card but do not have one, immediately schedule a visit to a military personnel office with the proper documentation.