Rockville, MD, Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scholarships for Military Children and Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships programs for school year 2019-20 kicked off Dec. 14 and will continue accepting applications through Feb. 15.

This marks the first time the application process will happen entirely online, making it easy to create an account, save work and submit applications.  All rules and requirements for the program, as well as links to frequently asked questions are available at www.militaryscholar.org.

Scholarships for Military Children

Eligibility for the Scholarships for Military Children program is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military dependent identification card.

A total of 500 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for school year. 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 pro rata basis, so more applicants will be selected from those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.

The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in recognition of 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 for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.

Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships

The Heroes' Legacy Scholarships program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensation rating of 100%.

If a student or parent is not sure whether they qualify, they can submit documentation to Fisher House Foundation which will make such determinations on a case by case basis. Documentation should be sent via email to BGawne@fisherhouse.org. Please include "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" in the subject line. If no response is provided within one week, please call Fisher House Foundation at (888) 294-8560 to ensure the email was received.

The amount to be awarded each year depends on the amount of sponsorships and other donations designated for the Legacy Heroes' Scholarship program. Prior year recipients must reapply to be considered.

Scholarship Search Engine

Additionally, Fisher House Foundation has set up an extensive scholarship search engine tool for finding funding for you and your family whose service for our country qualifies you for these unique funding opportunities.  To try it out, go to: http://search.militaryscholar.org/.

Good luck and God speed in your education endeavors.

About Fisher House Foundation

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.  These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths.  Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.  Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee.  Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $400+ million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge.  The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

www.fisherhouse.org

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Brian Gawne
Fisher House Foundation
240.599.2462
bgawne@fisherhouse.org