Applications for nonprofit Fisher House Foundation’s Scholarships for Military Children program have now opened for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The program honors military families and celebrates The Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA) role in improving military quality of life. The program has awarded more than $22 million to 12,812 students, and for 2023-24, the foundation will give away 500 $2,000 scholarships.
"The Defense Commissary Agency is again honored, for the 23rd year in a row now, to team with Fisher House Foundation and industry to promote this extraordinary opportunity for the children of military families to pursue their dreams in higher education," said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Saucedo, senior enlisted adviser to the DeCA director.
The application deadline is at 11:59 p.m. PST on Feb. 15. To be eligible, applicants must complete the application; submit official transcript indicating a cumulative 3.0 or above GPA for high school applicants, or college transcript indicating a cumulative 2.5 or above GPA for students in college; and write a 500-word essay. Additionally, applicants – and sponsors – must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database and have a current military dependent ID card.
Applicants have to be planning to attend or already be attending an accredited college or university, full time, in Fall 2023 or be enrolled in a program designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.
"We thank the Defense Commissary Agency for partnering with us to provide scholarships to our youngest members of the military community," said Ken Fisher, chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. "We also appreciate the donors and supporters who value how important our military families are and support them through our scholarship program."
To note, those awarded a full scholarship for a college or university or receive an appointment to one of the service academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible.