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Applicants to the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund must:

  • be dependent children of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who hold valid Exchange & Commissary shopping privileges at the time of application,

  • be high school seniors or graduates who have not attended college yet and plan to enroll in a full time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year and

  • have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, at the time of application.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Provided there are qualified applicants, two awards will be given per branch of service (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard). Awards are one time only and not renewable.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship America postmarked no later than February 16. Grade reports are not acceptable. Applicants are also required to submit a copy of the parent's Form DD214, Statement of Service or other proof of service to verify eligibility. Only the first 100 applications received will be acknowledged and processed.

The website will close when 100 applications are received. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be accepted.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the application are included. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need will be considered. Recipients will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants with consideration given to those who demonstrate the greatest need.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the New York Chapter of the ALA play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

The first 100 applicants will be notified in late March. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the New York Chapter of the ALA. Payments are made in one installment in early August. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.


Recipients are encouraged to attend a recognition event in New York City in December and required to submit a personal photograph to be used in promotional materials of the New York Chapter of the ALA. Recipients are also required to notify Scholarship America of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.


The New York Chapter of the ALA reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

Postmark deadline: February 16, 2019

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