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.

It is the intent of the program that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually at each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.

A total of 500 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for school year 2021-22. There will be at least one recipient selected at every commissary location where qualified applications are received, and additional recipients will be selected based on a prorate basis, so more applicants will be selected from those commissaries with larger 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, or have served, in 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.