Scholarship applications are open year round starting October 1, 2018. These are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
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Am I eligible?
Our scholarship program eligibility is extended to spouses of all 7 Uniformed Services which are: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Navy, and Public Health Service.
To be eligible to apply, BOTH of the following two statements must be true:
1. You, the applicant, are the spouse of a post 9/11 service member that meets one of the below requirements:
2. You have, or are eligible to hold, a valid military/uniformed services ID.
NMFA volunteers, employees and board members are NOT eligible to receive an award.
How do I apply?
When the application is open, a link to register/sign in will be available on our NMFA Spouse Scholarships page:
Direct link to application:
When is the deadline to submit an application?
We are running a rolling application so the application will technically be open year round. However, we will close the 2019 applications on September 30, 2019. The 2020 application will open October 1, 2019.
What if I haven’t chosen a school or am waiting for acceptance?
Since the application is open year round we recommend you wait and apply once you have enrolled in your school or program.
If you have not yet selected a school or are waiting on an acceptance decision, you can leave that section blank and apply once you have enrolled in your school or program.
What if I am not enrolled?
Since the application is open year round we recommend you wait and apply once you are enrolled.
If you know your school, but are not yet enrolled, you can still complete all your school info. However you may not apply until you are enrolled in your school or program.
Can I make changes to my application after I submit?
Yes. Send an email to request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we reopen your application.
To review your submitted application: login to your account, click “My Applications”, click blue button “Review your answers”.
How is my application judged?
Completed applications are reviewed and scored by a team of volunteers who see ONLY your short answer and essay responses.
Scholarships are NOT based on merit, GPA, need, rank, degree level, full/part-time status, career field, etc.
What is the Required Forms Application?
After you submit your scholarship application you will be directed to fill out the Required Forms Application. This is required to be considered for a scholarship award.
The Required Forms Application includes an agreement form, a funding questionnaire and asks for additional documentation to verify that you are a military spouse. The additional documentation includes your marriage license or certificate and a military verification document; for an example an LES or DD214.
How do I submit the required documentation? When is it due?
Scholarship documents should be uploaded as part of the application process in the Required Forms Application. You must have your documents uploaded before being selected for an award. They are due at the time you submit your application. Since applications are open year round – this is up to you.
When can I use my scholarship money?
Scholarship awards will be made throughout the year. Once awarded, it can take a few months to process and send scholarship checks out. Scholarship money must be used within one year of receiving it.
How much will I receive if I win?
NMFA spouse scholarships are one-time/year awards averaging between $500 – $1,000. The amount can depend on our donors and your educational or professional need.
When will my check be mailed?
We will awarded scholarships throughout the year. Checks will be mailed quarterly after winners are announced and verified.
Winners announced: January 22, 2019
Winners announced: April 22, 2019
Winners announced: July 22, 2019
Winners announced: October 22, 2019
Where will my check be mailed?
Checks will be mailed directly to your school or program using the address you provide. In some instances, we can send scholarship funds as reimbursements. To do so, you must upload receipts and/or proof of payments. These documents can me upload during the application process.
What can my scholarship funds be used for?
Funds may be used for tuition, course or lab fees, program costs, program fees or exam costs/fees. In addition to college courses towards any level degree or certificate, scholarship funds may be used for professional expenses such as licensure/certification (or renewal), CEU’s, professional examinations and other related expenses such as fingerprinting and background check fees.
Business Owners: Funding can be used for military spouse-owned business needs including, but not limited to: direct sales buy-ins, inventory and merchandise, business marketing, branding, manufacturing, supplies, permits or additional entrepreneurial pursuits.
Can I use my scholarship to pay for books or my student loans?
No. Funds may not be used for books or materials; to repay student loans, tuition paid with credit card (or tuition from previous terms using any payment type) or fully funded by other sources; prep classes, workbooks or practice tests/exams unless specifically required (written proof must be provided); childcare; travel/accommodations; or any obligations incurred prior to April of the scholarship program year.
Can I be reimbursed?
Yes, reimbursement is possible for career or professional expenses (for example: classes, exams, and fees for certification or licensure) paid by applicant within the same year you are applying for a scholarship.
Reimbursement is considered on a case-by-case basis. Receipts/Proof of payment must be provided and should include your name, payee name, date, amount and description of expense. Receipts can be upload during the application process.
What are my additional requirements?
Scholarship winners will be asked to make sure their Required Forms Application is up to date with the correct information. Winners will also be required to submit a photo and thank you letter that we can provide our donors. Photos should be family photos, work photos, headshots or something similar. Please no selfies.
How do I submit the required documentation? When is it due?
Scholarship documents should be uploaded as part of the application process. You must have your documents uploaded before being selected for an award. They are due at the time you submit your application. Since applications are open year round – this is up to you.
Do I have to maintain a certain GPA or # of hours?
No. There is no minimum GPA or full-time status requirement.
How long to I have to use my scholarship?
You have one year from receiving your scholarship to use all the funds, however checks have an expiration date and should be cashed within 90 days. Schools and programs are directed to return any unused funds to NMFA.
Will my scholarship renew?
No. Your scholarship is a one-time payment and does not renew.
Can I apply again next year?
Yes. We currently have no restrictions on the number of times you can apply and receive funding.
What if I move or switch schools?
If circumstances regarding your scholarship change, let us know immediately.
If your check has already been mailed, you must ensure funds are transferred to your new school or returned to NMFA. We cannot request a reissue until after we receive the returned check or a refund.
If your check is returned because you did not enroll as expected, if you decide to use your funds for another purpose, or if you do not notify us that your plans have changed, we may not be able to reissue the check.
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