Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
As students return to school for the spring semester, various local, Armywide and military service organizations are releasing information about scholarship opportunities for high school seniors and undergraduate students through U.S. Army Child and Youth Services School Support Services.
“School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of CYS School Support Services features school liaison officers who help schools, installations and families work together for student achievement,” according to the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website. “SLOs are knowledgeable in current education news and policies. They act as the conduit between the school community — including local public school districts, private schools and home school families — and the installation.”
Amanda Buckingham is the Fort Leavenworth CYS school liaison officer.
“Scholarships can provide financial assistance for a student planning to further their education,” Buckingham said. “If student obligations are fulfilled, scholarships do not require repayment and can reduce the need for student loans. Although applying for a scholarship does not guarantee it is awarded, it can certainly increase the chances.”
There are four main Fort Leavenworth scholarship opportunities for military family members.
• The Scholarships for Military Children Program, created by the Defense Commissary Agency and Fisher House Foundation Inc., awards $2,000 scholarship grants at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. The scholarship is open to children under the age of 23 and who are dependents of active-duty personnel, Reserve/Guard and retired military members. Applications are due Feb. 24.
To apply, visit militaryscholar.org.
• The Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for members and dependents of the FLSC. Applications are currently available and must be postmarked on or before March 13 and mailed to Fort Leavenworth Spouses’ Club ATTN: Scholarship Chair, P.O Box 3004, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027. The FLSC scholarship has three categories — high school senior, continuing undergraduate and spouse education.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of April and the award ceremony will be held in May. To download the application, visit fortleavenworthspousesclub.org/scholarships-3/. http://fortleavenworthspousesclub.org/scholarships-3/ . For more information, e-mail the FLSC scholarship chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The John W. Poillon Memorial Scholarship is open to high school seniors who are dependents of U.S. military members, currently or within the past 24 months assigned to Fort Leavenworth or civilians who are currently employed at Fort Leavenworth by the U.S. government or a non-appropriated fund. The scholarship was established in 1965 in memory of John William Poillon, the son of Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arthur J. Poillon and Natalie Poillon, who was killed in an automobile accident on the Centennial Bridge in Leavenworth. At the time, Arthur Poillon was a lieutenant colonel serving as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College. Applications are available at the Fort Leavenworth Army Education Center, 120 Dickman Ave. Completed applications are due March 27. For more information, call the Education Center at 684-2496.
• The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation Scholarship is open to high school seniors living in sites managed by Michaels or its affiliates. Applications will be available in February at all Michaels Organization offices or online at www.michaelsscholars.com.
Along with the local organizations’ scholarships, there are several outside resources military family members can use to search for scholarships, including the Scholarships for Service database, the Army Engineer Spouses’ Club Scholarship, Army ROTC scholarships, Voice of Democracy scholarships through Veterans of Foreign Wars and more.
There are also scholarship opportunities for family members of wounded or fallen service members, including the Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship, the Folds of Honor Scholarship, and the Hope for the Warriors Scholarship.
Additionally, there are scholarships available that are specific to military dependents of other service branches, including Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation for the Navy, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for the Marine Corps, the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program for the Air Force, and the John A. Keller Scholarship for the Coast Guard.
No matter what the scholarship, Buckingham advised paying close attention to all guidelines and due dates.
“For a student to be considered for a scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the individual scholarship deadline,” Buckingham said. “It is important to explore available opportunities in advance to check for eligibility and prepare documents for submission whether completion is online or by mail.”
For more information about available scholarship opportunities, call Buckingham at 684-1655, e-mail email@example.com or the SLO e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.