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Applicants must be the son or daughter of one of the following:
Additionally, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation administers scholarship programs of several other Marine Corps associations that offer scholarships to the grandchildren of their members. To qualify, a student must provide proof of their grandparent’s membership in one of the following associations. There are no exceptions.
No. The Scholarship Foundation encourages students of all ages to apply.
I am pursuing my master's degree. Am I eligible for a scholarship?
No. Scholarships are only available to students pursuing their first bachelor's degree or technical certificate.
My family's income is higher than your limit. Will I be automatically disqualified?
No! Please provide an explanation of your extenuating circumstances in the indicated place on the application and we will consider your application. However, if your family income is higher than our limit, and you do not provide an explanation of your extenuating circumstances, your application will be disqualified.
I have a sibling (or siblings) who want(s) to apply. Do you have a limit of one scholarship per family?
No. The Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to as many eligible applicants as we can. We encourage your siblings to apply.
I have other scholarships. Am I still eligible to receive a scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation?
Yes! As long as all of your free financial assistance (not including loans) does not exceed the full cost of tuition, you are still eligible to receive our scholarship.
I am not enrolled full-time. Am I still eligible to receive a scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation?
Yes! The Scholarship Foundation does not require its applicants to be full-time students. However, we may not be able to remit the full amount of your scholarship if your tuition costs are too low.
I would like to attend a community college or trade school. Am I eligible for a scholarship?
Yes! Whether you’re working towards a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or technical, vocational and educational certificates, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation will provide for your education. We do require the academic institution you are attending to be an accredited school.
Can I apply for one of the honorary or memorial scholarship listed on your website?
No. While we do have an extensive list of honorary and memorial scholarships available, applicants cannot apply for a specific scholarship. When applicants submit their applications, they are automatically considered for all of our honorary and memorial scholarships. Certain honorary and memorial scholarships may have additional criteria which applicants must meet. The Scholarship Committee will take the additional criteria into account when identifying recipients of certain named scholarships.
How are recipients selected?
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic record, the military parent’s service record, and unusual personal or family circumstances. Special consideration is given to applicants whose parent was killed or wounded during active duty. Financial need as calculated by the Scholarship Foundation must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award. Decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. The program is not competitive, but all applicants may not be selected as recipients.
How many scholarships do you award each year?
In the 2011-2012 academic year, we award 1,636 scholarships. Altogether, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has provided approximately 26,000 scholarships totaling more than $60 million.
How do I apply?
You will be able to work on your application until the application deadline. To save your updates, click the Save button, then log out. The next time you log in, you will be able to continue where you left off. Carefully review your application and be sure your application is complete before hitting the Submit button. Once the application is submitted, no further revisions can be made.
When is the application deadline?
The deadline for the 2012-2013 academic year application is: March 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CST for all applicants.
While creating an account I was told the User ID has already been used or that the account already exists. I have never tried to log in before, so how can that be?
For the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation:When creating an account, you must create a unique User ID – something that no one else in the system has ever used before. If you received a message that the User ID has already been used, then you will need to register for a different User ID. Be sure to keep track of your User ID, as you will need this throughout the entire academic year and in the coming academic years. Once you have registered successfully, a confirmation email will be sent to you.For the application provider:To start an application you must create a unique User ID – something that no one else in the system has ever used before. If you receive a message that the account cannot be created because it already exists, then you have tried to create a User ID that is already being used – you will need to try a different User ID. Be sure to keep track of your User ID until after the scholarship deadline has passed. Once you have registered successfully, a confirmation email will be sent to you to help you remember your User ID.
How do I change my User ID or Password for my account?
For the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation:User ID: Your User ID cannot be changed. If you forget your User ID, please click the Forgotten Password/Forgotten User ID button. Follow the online instructions and your information will be emailed to you. DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT.Password: If you forget your password, go to the login page and click the Forgotten Password/Forgotten User ID button. Enter your User ID or email and your information will be emailed to you. DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT.For the application provider:User ID: Your User ID cannot be changed. If you forget your User ID, go to the login page and click the Forgot User ID or Password button and follow the online instructions. Password: If you forget your password, go to the login page and click the Forgot User ID or Password button. Follow the online instructions, which will include answering the security question you selected when you first registered. To change your password, log into your account and click the Change Password tab in the navigation menu on the left side of the page.
When and how do you notify students of their awards?
All applicants will be notified on May 2, 2011. Notification will be emailed to the email account listed in the student profile. Not all applicants will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply in subsequent years.
Are any documents required for the application?
Yes! You will be required to upload the following documents as part of your application:
These documents will need to uploaded, where indicated, within the application. Additional questions about these documents are included in the “Application Documents” section of the FAQ.
If applicable, you may be required to upload one of the following documents into your application:
What do I do if I don’t have a scanner?
Visit your local copy center, your school library, or consider asking a teacher, friend, or family member if they can help you. Some suggestions of copy centers include, but are not limited to:
Copy centers, or service stores, can scan your documents to a flash drive or CD. You can then save the documents to your computer and upload them directly to your application in the appropriate section.
Any documents sent by email, postal mail, or fax will be returned to the applicant.
Can I e-mail, postal mail, or fax my documents?
No. All documents must be scanned and upload electronically into the application. Any supporting documents sent to us by e-mail, postal mail, or fax will be returned.
I have previously been awarded a scholarship, do I need to apply again?
Yes. While students are eligible for four paid awards, we still require our students to “apply” each year. The renewal application is simple and gives you the opportunity to update your information.We do not require students to be awarded in consecutive years, but if you were not awarded in the previous academic year, then we will require you to complete the application process as a first time student. Please call our office at 866-496-5462 with any questions.
What is the dollar amount of your scholarship awards?
Scholarship awards range between $6,000 and $40,000 over four years.
We are unable to guarantee applicants a specific scholarship award amount for the following two reasons:
Do I have to finish my application all at once, or can I save it and come back later?
No, you are not required to complete the entire application at once. You will be able to work on your application until the application deadline. To save your updates, click the Save button, then log out. The next time you log in, you will be able to continue where you left off.
Carefully review your application and be sure your application is complete before hitting the Submit button. Once the application is submitted, no further revisions can be made. After you submit the application, no changes can be made, but you will have access to your scholarship account to view your submitted application and to modify your profile, if needed.
I have extenuating circumstances that may have an impact on the selection committee’s decision? What should I do?
We encourage all applicants to discuss any unusual or exceptional circumstances in the appropriate fields within the application. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to discuss these circumstances within their application essay.
You denied my application. Can I apply again?
Yes! While decisions for the 2012-2013 academic year are final and are not subject to appeal, applicants may reapply in subsequent years.
TAX DOCUMENT - What if my, or my parent’s, federal taxes will not be finalized until after the deadline?
Applicants will be required to provide their 2011 federal tax document as part of their application. If your family’s 2011 tax document has not been finalized by the March 1 deadline, then you can upload your previous year tax document.
TAX DOCUMENT - What if I, or my parents, do not file a tax return?
You must submit a letter explaining your family’s financial situation. This document must be uploaded into the application in the tax document field.
TAX DOCUMENT - My parents are divorced or separated. Whose tax document should I use?
In the case of divorce or separation, give information about the parent you lived with most in the last 12 months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, give information about the parent who provided you the most financial support during the last 12 months, or during the most recent year you received support. If your divorced or widowed parent has remarried, also provide information about your stepparent. Remember: The parent you use for financial purposes does not have to be your qualifying military parent. We acknowledge that there are diverse family units.
The website for the 1040 EZ is: www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040ez.pdf?portlet=3 The website for the 1040 is: www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040.pdf?portlet=3 The general IRS site for all forms is: www.irs.gov
TAX DOCUMENT - How do I know if I submit my parent’s tax return, or my tax return?
We follow the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA program:
If you were born after the cut-off date, have established independent status through your academic institution, AND it is accepted by FAFSA, then we will also accept it.
Additionally, you can determine if you are a dependent or independent student by answering the following questions:
If you answered “No” to all of the above questions, then you are classified as a dependent student and must submit your parent’s tax document and income information. If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, then you are classified as an independent student and must submit your own tax document and income information.
TAX DOCUMENT - I’m not considered an independent student, but I am paying for my own education because my parents cannot/will not help me. Do I have to submit their tax return?
If you have established an “independent student” status through your academic institution, and it is accepted by FAFSA, then we will also accept it. Otherwise, if you do not have independent status, you must submit your parent’s tax return.
TAX DOCUMENT - I am married. Whose tax return do I provide?
You must submit your own tax document. Once married, you have established independent status.
DD214/STATEMENT OF SERVICE - My parent is currently serving. What kind of service proof do you require?
A written Statement of Service must be provided within the application in lieu of the DD214. The Statement of Service must be submitted on official letterhead that is signed by the Adjutant, Personnel Officer, Executive Officer, or Commanding Officer of the unit.
The following documents will NOT be accepted in lieu of the Statement of Service: Certificate of Release or Discharge, letters from Veterans’ Affairs, disability documents, duty orders, military I.D.
DD214/STATEMENT OF SERVICE - My parent was killed in action. What documents do you require?
This is a tragic circumstance, and as such, we treat it differently. Please call (703) 549-2977 during regular business hours and we will work with you throughout the application process.
We urge you to visit the Veterans Administration website at www.gibill.va.gov for information on the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship.
DD214/STATEMENT OF SERVICE - What is a DD214 document?
The DD214 document is a Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty. This document is required to complete your application and serves as proof that your parent was a U.S. Marine (or a Navy Corpsman who served with a Marine unit), and that he/she received an honorable discharge.
The “Character of Service” on the DD214 must read: HONORABLE. No other character of service will be accepted.
The following documents will NOT be accepted in lieu of the DD214 or Statement of Service: Certificate of Release or Discharge, DD214 documents that do not indicate the “Character of Service,” letters from Veterans’ Affairs, disability documents, duty orders, military I.D.
DD214/STATEMENT OF SERVICE - Where can I find the “Character of Service” on the DD214?
The bottom left corner of the DD214 document indicates a form “date.” Use the list below to determine where the “Character of Service” appears on your form:DD Form 214, Feb 2000: Box 24DD Form 214, Nov 88: Box 24DD Form 214, 1 Jul 79: Box 24DD Form 214, 1 Nov 72: Box 9eDD Form 214 MC (1900), 1 Jul 66: Box 13aDD Form 214, 1 Nov 55: Box 13a
DD214/STATEMENT OF SERVICE - What can I do if I don’t have my parent’s DD214 or proof of their honorable service?
Military records can be obtained online at: www.archives.gov/veterans.
Additionally, applicants can request a Standard Form 180 from the National Personnel Records Center. The mailing address is:
Military Records National Personnel Records Center (Marine Records) Rm 5007 9700 Page Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63123
If you are still having a difficult time obtaining your parent’s service record, you can call Veteran Administration at (888) 442-4551, or your local U.S. Congressman’s office may be able to provide assistance.
It can take several months to obtain this information, so please allow yourself ample time.
TRANSCRIPT - I won’t be able to get my official transcript by the application deadline. What can I do?
Unofficial and online transcripts will be considered as a valid document if it displays the student’s name, school name, grades, and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
TRANSCRIPT - My school will only postal mail my official transcript, but you won’t accept any documents by mail. What should I do?
Request your transcript from your school and have it mailed to you. When you receive it in the postal mail, scan the document and upload the electronic file into the application.
If your school mails your transcript to our office, we will not accept it and will destroy the document. No documents are accepted by email, postal mail, or fax.
PHOTOGRAPH OF APPLICANT - Why do I have to include a photograph of myself in the application?
The Scholarship Foundation uses photos of its applicants for various publications and donor relations.
PHOTOGRAPH OF APPLICANT - What are the requirements for the photograph I need to include in my application?
All photos must meet the following requirements:
We will not accept photographs that are poor quality, grainy, or highly pixilated; photos that include other people, or inappropriate photos.
PHOTOGRAPH OF APPLICANT - What can I do if I don’t have a photograph that meets your requirements?
You have several options! Ask a family member or friend if they have a photo of you, OR consider asking a friend, family member, teacher, or neighbor to take a photo of you using a digital camera. Professional photographs are not required!Here are some suggestions to consider if you have someone take a photograph of you:
GENERAL INQUIRY - Can you send me another copy of my award letter?
No. Scholarship award notification emails are sent through an automated email blast to the email you entered in your application and cannot be recreated. We suggest you sort your email account by date and look for our email notification that was sent on May 2.
GENERAL INQUIRY - What was my award amount?
Refer to your award notification email for your award amount. Notification emails are sent on May 2.
GENERAL INQUIRY - I’ve decided not to use my award this year. Do I lose the award?
No. We understand if your plans change and you decide to not attend school this year. Just let us know that you will be declining your award for the year.
Each scholarship recipient is eligible for four paid scholarship awards. If you decline an award, and it has not been paid for the academic year, then the scholarship award will not count as one of your awards. You will still be required to reapply for the scholarship in the following year.
GENERAL INQUIRY - What is your definition of an academic year?
Our academic year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31. The academic year begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester.
POST-APPLICATION DOCUMENTS - I was awarded a scholarship. What documents do I need to send you?
We require scholarship recipients to provide the following post-application documents:
POST-APPLICATION DOCUMENTS - Can I submit my student bill or a Verification of Enrollment instead of the “Verification of Student Expenses and Aid” form?
No. The Verification of Student Expenses and Aid is designed to collect information that our foundation needs from your school’s Financial Aid Office. Unfortunately, your student bill, or Verification of Enrollment, does not have the information we need.
POST-APPLICATION DOCUMENTS - Do you send the Verification of Student Expenses and Aid form to my school for completion?
No, it is the student’s responsibility to have Section II of the form completed by his/her Financial Aid Officer prior to returning the document to us.
POST-APPLICATION DOCUMENTS - Should the Verification of Student Expenses and Aid form be completed with my semester costs and aid or academic year costs and aid?
The Verification of Student Expenses and Aid form must be completed with the academic year costs and aid. Our scholarships are for an academic year, thus we need the costs and aid associated for an academic year at the student’s school.
POST-APPLICATION DOCUMENTS - I don’t remember when I accepted my scholarship award. What date should I use on the Conditions and Details form for award acceptance?
You accept your scholarship award on the date you sign the Conditions and Details document.
POST-APPLICATION DOCUMENTS - I can’t find forms. Where can I get another copy of the award packet documents?
All the required forms and documents are located on your student web portal at www.mcsf.org. Login to your account using your username and password. Once logged in, click on “Document Libraries” to access all the required forms/documents.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - What expenses can I use my scholarship award for?
Your scholarship award can be used for the cost of attendance at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the upcoming academic year. Cost of attendance includes your tuition, room and board, books, and any other additional costs as defined by the financial aid administrator of your school.
Your scholarship award payment may be reduced or withdrawn if it causes your school’s offered financial aid package to exceed your cost of attendance.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - When will my scholarship award payment be sent?
Your scholarship award payment will be sent on the payment date indicated on your Conditions and Details form. Scholarship award payments will not be sent until the student has completed all required items as part of the post-application process.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - Where do you send the scholarship award payment?
Your scholarship award payment is sent directly to your college, university, or vocational-technical school in one payment for the entire year. The scholarship funds are then allocated by the school according to their regulations.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - Why hasn’t my school received my scholarship payment?
There are several possible explanations for this:
If your school still has not received your scholarship payment after a significant amount of time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can address your particular situation.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - I am not attending the school I indicated on my application. What should I do?
We understand plans sometimes change. We do not send your scholarship payment to your school until we have received your Verification of Student Expenses and Aid form. This document is completed by your school’s Financial Aid Office, and includes your school’s remittance address so we know exactly where to send your scholarship payment to.
If you decide to attend a school that is more expensive than your original choice, we will not be able to increase your scholarship award amount.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - I am transferring schools in the fall semester. How can I make sure my scholarship goes to my new school?
If you are transferring and will begin attending your new school in the fall semester, then you do not need to do anything. Have your new school complete the Verification of Student Expenses and Aid form, and we will send your scholarship award to the remittance address indicated.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - I am transferring schools in the spring semester. How can I make sure the remaining balance of my award is sent to my new school?
If you are transferring to a new school during an academic year, please follow these steps to transferring your scholarship award:
If you did not attend school during the fall semester, and you will be attending a new school in the spring semester, then you will only need to provide the Verification of Student Expenses and Aid form for the school you will be attending.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - If I attend summer classes, can my scholarship be applied to those expenses?
Yes, but you need to inform your school of your intentions. Most schools will equally distribute your scholarship award between the fall and spring semester. If you would like to attend school in the summer, communicate this with your school, so funds can be distributed to include the summer semester.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PAYMENTS - I have funds leftover from my scholarship. Can I use them for the next academic year?
No. You may not rollover funds to another academic year. Your scholarship is only useable in the academic year for which it was awarded. If your scholarship is paid partially, or in full, it will count as one of the four paid scholarships allowed for each recipient. Any unused funds must be returned to the Scholarship Foundation at the end of the academic year.
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