Archive for July, 2012

Folds of Honor Foundation Scholarships

Posted by Charlotte Webster

folded American flag“Are you drunk?”

An appropriate question when your spouse calls home in the very wee hours of the morning, stating he has found his mission in life. No, Major Dan Rooney wasn’t drunk that night, and supported by his wife, Jacqy, and through inspiration of fallen service members and their children, the Folds of Honor Foundation came to life. The name is derived from the legend of what each fold of the American flag means. FOH offers two scholarships; the Children’s Scholarship Fund for children from kindergarten through 12th grade, and a post-secondary scholarship.

The Children’s Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance for K-12 education and certain summer camps, as well as for uniforms, books, and tutoring. Eligibility is based on parental death or disability (of at least 90%) during or as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. The death of their parents should not prevent children from continuing their education in the manner their parent wanted, nor should they lose the stability of their educational surroundings while enduring the overwhelming loss of a parent. The application requires proof of dependency, proof of disability/death, and the child’s enrollment status with transcripts. A brief essay (by the parent) is also needed.

The post-secondary scholarship is for all dependents, military spouses and children alike. The eligibility for these scholarships is expanded compared to the Children’s Scholarship. It includes:

  • dependents of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs);
  • dependents of those forcibly detained or interned by a foreign power; and 
  • dependents of service members who received a purple heart.

The award can be applied toward tuition, fees, and books for two-year and four-year college programs as well as for technical and professional vocational programs. Unlike most scholarships, this can be applied to and held for future use for the child; the surviving parent may apply on his/her child’s behalf. Scholarships may be renewed based on a minimum 2.0 grade point average, good standing at the school, and available funding. Applications for future use, present use, and continuing use require independent applications and additional paperwork proving dependency and service member status, as well as brief essays.

There are many ways to help the Folds of Honor Foundation help our military dependents. Do you play golf? Find a course that participates in Patriot Golf Day and play a round (or two!) for a good cause. Your local fairway not participating? Convince them to host a Patriot Golf Day and spread the word to your fellow golfers! If you’re in Oklahoma, consider participating in or watching The Patriot Cup, a PGA-sponsored Memorial Day weekend fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Are you a music fan? Country music singer Craig Morgan wrote “What Matters Most” for the Folds of Honor Foundation. Purchase and download the song, as well as make an additional donation online. Love swag? Find books, shirts, hats, and other items at the Folds of Honor online store. Direct financial donations may be made online, too.

Licensing Rules for Military Spouses

Posted by S.E. Davidson Parker

Military spouseMilitary spouses with a career have a difficult time finding a job. They have a 26% unemployment rate and an even higher underemployment rate. The Department of Defense has promoted spouse employability through the MyCAA program, encouraging the development of careers that are more easily transferable from duty station to duty station. The success of the MyCAA program developed an unexpected problem: individual state licensure.

Military spouses with a career that requires state licensing have an even more complicated time finding a job. Real estate agents, nurses, teachers, and cosmetologists (just to name a few) find themselves under the additional prerequisite of meeting a new state’s licensure requirements to participate in the job market. In response, the Department of Defense’s state liaison office has been actively pursuing license portability legislation for military spouses since 2008. In conjunction with the Joining Forces Initiative at the White House and the active vocal support of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden (wife of Vice-President Joe Biden), portability and transferability of professional licensure has come to the attention of many state legislatures and governors.

Twenty-three states have already enacted military spousal license portability laws. Each of the 23 states has different regulations regarding licensure for military spouses. In a nutshell, what is being asked for (and what most of the 23 states have done) is two-fold:

  • temporary licensure for those who come to the state fully licensed from another state;
  • an expedited process to obtain that state’s license.

This in no way decreases the level of education and skills or expectations of professionalism required to do the job. Military spouses don’t want that whatsoever. They simply wish to have acknowledged and addressed that their status as a military spouse, with the accompanying fluidity of residence, creates a unique economic and professional situation compared to traditional civilian workforce. To paraphrase an old cliché, military spouses do not want a handout, just a hand up.

The outcomes of this legislation are significant. Unemployment, food stamps, and assistance levels for military families will be reduced. Retention of military service members whose spousal employment is a factor in reenlistment will increase. It also spills out into the civilian sector. Employed military spouses pour more money into the local economy, helping to develop additional jobs for civilians. Once the expedited process is underway, it can be applied to civilians with professional licenses who find themselves moving to another state.

Seven states have legislation pending. That leaves 20 states with no legislation (see map of all 50 states). If your state has no legislation or legislation pending, contact your state representatives to encourage them to introduce and pass these license transferability laws for military spouses. Even states that seem to have no active military bases often house a large military population; think liaisons and recruiters. While on the surface a military issue, this issue affects us all.

Election Year! Know Political Activity Rules As They Apply to Military Members

Posted by Charlotte Webster

soldiers salutingGeorge Washington famously said, “When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.

This means that, by and large, members of the military do not lose their rights under the constitution (unless there is a compelling government interest in restricting them.)

However, one of the founding principles of the Republic is the subservience of the military to civilian authority. The military cannot be a tool or ally of any specific political party, philosophy or candidate. If it becomes such, or if it is perceived as such, it leads us down a constitutionally dangerous path.

The Department of Defense, therefore, places definite limits on political activity and activism among members of the military. The most relevant document is DoD Directive 1344.10, dated February 19, 2008.

See a list of the main restrictions and guidelines here.

Additional restrictions apply to commissioned officers. Specifically, commissioned officers cannot use “contemptuous words” concerning the President, the Vice President, the chain of command, Congress in general, or members of Congress while within their specific districts. The use of contemptuous words may constitute a violation of Article 88 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, and offenders shall be punished as a court martial may direct. National Guard officers cannot use contemptuous language toward the governors of their own states.

The Case of Marine Sergeant Gary Stein

This concept was prominently featured in a recent case, in which a Marine NCO, Sgt. Gary Stein, was convicted of using derogatory language describing the President of the United States in a Facebook group. However, this NCO compounded the error by using a photo of himself in uniform and playing up his military credentials – which made him a target. He wrote, “Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him,” on a Facebook page for Marine meteorologists. According to military prosecutor Tom Umberg, the Marine Corps warned Stein to cease with the derogatory language, but Stein kept it up. Prosecutors submitted screen grabs of derogatory posters Stein uploaded to a Facebook group that he created called “Armed Forces Tea Party,” including a superimposition of Obama’s head on a movie poster of Jackass. Stein finally received an other-than-honorable discharge and forfeited most benefits as a consequence, after 9 years of service.

While the ban on contemptuous words did not apply, since Stein was not a commissioned officer, active duty members cannot start of sponsor a partisan political club or organization.

Reserve component troops are generally not so restricted, as long as they are not in uniform. Essentially, service members should be careful to separate their military affiliation from their political affiliation, in the same manner that most government agencies are careful to separate church and state functions.

Additionally, reserve component members may even hold political office. However, if there is any mention of their military rank or status in their official campaign literature or literature in office, that literature must indicate that their status is either reserve or retired. Any photos of the individual in uniform, or references to their military service, must be accompanied by a disclaimer stating that the photograph does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Defense or the individual’s particular service or military department.

Portrayals of the candidate or official must accurately reflect the actual performance of duty. For example, you cannot claim to have been a combat veteran when you weren’t.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Under Congressional Investigation

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk

Congressional actionA prominent Washington D.C.-based veteran’s charity, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, is the subject of a congressional investigation for misuse of federal tax-exempt status. The organization, founded in 2007, came under scrutiny in 2010 after independent charity ratings organization issued them a failing grade.

CharityWatch went through the DVNF’s public filings, and reported that almost none of the $55 million-plus donations the charity took in actually went to benefit needy disabled veterans. Instead, CharityWatch says that nearly all the money raised was going to a private vendor, Quadriga Art, LLC. According to CharityWatch analyst, the DVNF’s agreement with Quadriga Art allows Quadriga to keep every dollar it raises for the DVNF until its debts are paid off. And the DVNF still owes Quadriga another $5 million, according to CNN. Which means Quadriga is entitled to keep the next $5 million that the DVNF raises.

Amazingly, CharityWatch says that less than 1 percent of the charity’s 2008 budget actually went to aiding charities. Everything else – 99 percent of the then $16 million budget – went to fundraising and mailing costs, according to CharityWatch, citing the DVNF’s own filings. According to DVNF, the organization’s expenditures on salary and compensation for staff were modest for an organization of its size: $70,750 in 2010, and $208,122 in 2011.

Since CharityWatch’s 2010 report, CNN picked up the story, and discovered that the DVNF had claimed credit for millions in “in-kind” donations of junk and stale candy to other veterans groups – leaving it to these groups to handle distribution.

“Up to $2 billion is raised in the name of veterans in this country and it’s so sad that a great deal of it’s wasted,” said CharityWatch Director David Borochoff in a CNN interview. “Hundreds of millions of dollars of our charitable dollars intended to help veterans is being squandered and wasted by opportunists and by individuals and companies who see it as a profit-making opportunity.”

From there, things get pretty weird. CNN documents a claim by the charity to have sent “badly needed items by the truckload” to veterans’ charities that were badly affected by a tornado – a claim that left one local veterans’ charity director baffled:

“They sent us 2,600 bags of cough drops and 2,200 little bottles of sanitizer,” he said. “And the great thing was, they sent us 11,520 bags of coconut M&Ms. And we didn’t have a lot of use for 11,520 bags of coconut M&Ms.”

CNN also obtained a bill of lading for another donation – this one to US Vets, in Prescott, Arizona. The contents: hundreds of chef’s coats and aprons, and cans of acrylic paint. According to CNN, the charity estimated the value of the shipment at $234,000. Therefore, it reported an $838,000 contribution to the IRS.

In the wake of the CharityWatch and CNN reports, Senators Max Baucus and Richard Burr, both members of the Veterans Affairs Committee, announced they were launching a Congressional investigation, and posted an open letter to the organization, asking a number of questions about their leadership, activities and financial relationships with board members. Executive director Prescilla Wilkewitz, a politically-connected Viet Nam veteran and former Louisiana state veterans affairs coordinator responded publicly. However, there was nothing in the document that addressed the discrepancy between the assessed market value of their donations in kind and their tax deductions – nor did the document address how it was that hundreds of chef uniforms or hundreds of pairs of Navy dress uniforms could pass as a “badly needed item” or an appropriate and prudent use of donor money.

A representative from Senator Burr’s office was not immediately available for comment, and calls to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation were not returned at press time. However, the DVNF has a history of being unresponsive to press inquiries.

Reporters’ note: Although the DVNF is not talking much beyond Ms. Wilkewitz’s open letter, it appears that the charity, newly formed in 2007 by six women who were also former state veterans issues committee chairwomen, was faced with the daunting problem of how to quickly create a large donor base from scratch. In 2007 and 2008, they entered into a debt arrangement with Quadriga Art, LLC and a few other vendors, who fronted them enough money or services – millions of dollars’ worth – to jumpstart a major national fundraising effort. However, as a severe recession took hold in 2008-2010, the charity’s fundraising efforts foundered on the debt payments. The recession hurt the efforts of many charities, including veterans’ charities. But because the DVNF was very new, and deeply in debt, the economic downturn affected them more severely than it did more established charities. However, no one at the organization was willing or available to go on record to discuss the financial arrangements with vendors in more detail.

This, of course, doesn’t explain CNN’s story on the strange contents of the supply shipments to veterans’ charities in Prescott, Arizona and in Alabama, if accurate.

Why I’m Watching the 2012 Summer Olympics

Posted by Kelli McKinney

Summer Olympics 2012

World-class athletes and our military service members have a lot in common. They’re a very special type of person. They both sacrifice through hours of training, pushing on toward their goals. (Who remembers the awesome slogan “Be All That You Can Be”?) These are men and women who are willing to place everything in their lives on hold for the sake of achieving their dreams — a chance to represent (and protect) their country and prove it’s the best in the world. 

In light of this, we plan to watch as much of the Olympics as we can with our seven-year-old son. We’re going to talk about what it means to be an Olympian and what it means to be American. We’re also going to check out the World Class Athlete program and show our son the dozens of service members who are part of the Olympic team. This amazing program provides the highest quality training and support for Army and Air Force service members who dream of representing their country on both the battlefield and the playing field. 

With all this in mind, I give you Four Reasons Why We Are Watching the Olympics:

Every achievement is earned. In this day of celebrating mediocrity and rewarding conformity, these world-class athletes, like our service members, embody the idea that hard work + sacrifice = success. 

The world is bigger than us. America is a great nation. And it’s not the only nation in the world.  It’s fantastic to see that there are living, breathing people with dreams like ours  who have come to play.

R-e-s-p-e-c-t. Trash talking, posturing, and limelight-grabbing would appear to be the name of almost any game in the U.S., from politics and business to cooking competitions.  It seems as though the public at large thinks the only way to win anything is by throwing the other person under the proverbial bus. Not so at the Olympic games. Every participant is there because they earned the right to compete. And (with rarest exception) they behave accordingly, treating others with courtesy.

Hope. Our troops and our Olympic athletes are extraordinary individuals who remind us that with work, we can achieve our dreams. Their courage and determination offer hope and serve as an example to others.

Are you watching the Olympics? Why or why not? Share your stories with us below.

Your Military ID is Your Passport to Summer Fun

Posted by Charlotte Webster

family vacationSummer is winding down and that means many families are gearing up for a final vacation or weekend trip before school routines set in. Below are a few tips to make your vacation budget stretch even farther by using your military ID.

Military lodges, temporary housing or recreation centers:

Rather than spend your budget on $100/night hotel room, check nearby military installations to find out if they have rooms available. Most of the rooms have convenient kitchen and recreation facilities.

Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) are affordable joint service hotels/resorts in Hawaii, Florida, Germany and Korea. They’re managed by the U.S. Army to provide vacation opportunities to service members and their families. For information, visit

Each service branch maintains local recreation areas for military personnel. You can find information on your installation website or ITT office.

ITT (Information, Tickets and Tours) office

Before you pay full price for tickets to local zoos, museums, concerts, movies or amusement parks, pay a visit to the ITT office on your installation. They are usually located near the exchange or recreation center. You’ll find discounts on admission tickets to local attractions and events. You’ll also be able to check the calendar for military appreciation days or special days for deep discounts that are only offered to military.

Space-A travel

Space-A stands for “Space Available,” and it’s a very inexpensive way to travel for certain military personnel and family. The catch is that you have to be flexible on your travel dates, which is challenging for many, and you have to be comfortable on military aircraft. For information on Space-A travel, visit the Air Mobility Command’s website or get a copy of Military Living’s Military Space-A Air Travel Guide.

Armed Forces Vacation Club

This group arranges low military-only rates worldwide. They have negotiated these rates at more than 3,500 hotels, resorts and campgrounds; five cruise lines; airfare and rental cars. Visit its website at

Have you ever traveled Space-A? Where’s your favorite AFRC? Tell us about it below.

Freaky Friday or TGIF? You be the judge.

Posted by Charlotte Webster

Friday the 13th black catIf you’re superstitious, listen up. This is the last Friday the 13th of 2012. There won’t be another one until September of 2013. If you’re one of those folks who pays extra attention to the whereabouts of black cats and ladders today, this should come as a relief.

Although some insurance statisticians claim that Friday 13th can actually be safer than an average Friday because people are extra conscientious, there have been more than a few interesting incidents associated with this infamous day.

Need convincing? Here are just a handful of examples:

  • July 1951: The Great Flood killed 24 people, destroyed more than 2 million acres of land in Kansas and caused $760 million in damage
  • July 1987: An F4 tornado tore through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and injuring at least 300
  • March 1992: An earthquake killed nearly 2,000 people and left 50,000 homeless in Turkey
  • Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas on a Friday the 13th
  • Al Capone was sentenced to prison on a Friday the 13th
  • Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, died on a Friday the 13th
  • June 1986: The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were born (I’ll let you decide how frightening this one is!)

A lot of the reason people are afraid of Friday the 13th is because they simply don’t know what might happen. Superstition and fear can be powerful, but they don’t have to hold you back. I happen to embrace every Friday the 13th that comes along and try to use it my advantage.

Want to apply for a job? Send your resume to the recruiter or hiring manager today! It will stand out because many other people will avoid sending theirs in.

Need to renew your driver’s license soon? Head to the DMV — likely empty thanks to superstitious people too nervous to take their test on such a horrible, dreadful day.

Have questions about your military financial aid benefits at the college you’re attending? Give them a call now, when other people are avoiding any questions about money because they’re sure they’ll get bad news thanks to the date on the calendar.

So what do you think about the date? Are you extra cautious on Friday the 13th? Or do you think the spooky stories and superstitions are a bunch of phooey? Do you throw caution to the wind and walk under ladders, or hide in your house? Either way, it’s Friday, and we hope you enjoy whatever you do today!

Online College Education? There’s an App for That

Posted by Charlotte Webster

For military personnel, pursuing an online education has many advantages over attending a brick and mortar school. Learning can take place almost anywhere, anytime. But that’s even more true today thanks to many schools using emerging technologies to offer content on mobile phones. Gone are the days of simply using a smartphone to make calls, send text messages to classmates or do a quick Google search. Mobile phones are quickly becoming an indispensable tool for students.

There’s even a proper name for it: Mobile Learning (ML). ML is defined as “learning with portable technologies including but not limited to handheld computers, MP3 players, notebooks and mobile phones,” according to Mobile Learning Edge.

Mobile devices are being used by colleges and universities in a number of ways:

  • Online schools have created apps that enable students to watch video lectures and access course information from inside the apps
  • Students can participate in online discussions or video conferences to work on projects together while living in different parts of the globe
  • University libraries can be accessed by students on the go to read eBooks, conduct research and save useful information for later use
  • Twitter hashtags are used to denote certain schools and classes so that students can share information and comments from other students in real-time even if they are not physically in one classroom

Nursing schools, popular with military spouses who know they will be able to find employment as nurses no matter where they live, are training their students to use mobile devices to access online medical databases or apps. While they don’t create apps or sites specifically for their schools, many are mandating that students carry a mobile device to reference the most up-to-date medical and pharmaceutical information. Rhonda Maneval of Temple University explains, “In a clinical setting, nurses can’t waste time and effort flipping through a 10-year old reference book. We want to guide students to use technology so they will be prepared when they start seeing patients as professionals.”

Other schools, though, have created their own mobile portals for students. 10 of the online schools currently offering students mobile access to improve their education experience or who have mobile apps in the works include:

UP image001University of Phoenix — In April, the University of Phoenix launched an app, only available on the iPhone and iPod touch, which allows students to read online discussions and threads, find assignments and receive an alert when their grades are posted.


col image004Colorado Technical University — CTU uses an online platform that supports access from mobile devices. Students can get course assignments, watch archived lectures, listen to Podcasts and participate in discussion forums.

Grantham University building photoGrantham University— Grantham recently launched a new web site that delivers content to a variety of devices dynamically. The site detects the user’s device and adjusts to serve the appropriate content. Future plans include a mobile version of the course delivery platform for students.


KapU 2200Kaplan University — Kaplan offers its students an app to retrieve class content, take part in discussions and access their financial aid information.




AmerInter 5American InterContinental University — “AIU Mobile” is offered to students on iPads, iPhones and Android devices. It allows students to respond to questions from teachers and classmates; view, edit and save drafts of discussion comments, and receive alerts when grades are available.


Ash IowaAshford University — Ashford’s mobile app lets users connect to an online learning center, take part in discussions, view grades and contact university support staff.



Dvy UDeVry University — DeVry offers a mobile app for students to access library resources so they can search, save and email articles. Other content available includes news, sports and events information.


GGU 200pxGolden Gate University — Golden Gate is scheduled to launch an app in the next school year to allow students to access course content.



WGUWestern Governors University — is developing apps for various courses they offer online and plan to launch the services in the fall of 2012.



WaltersStWalters State Community College — This school in Morristown, Tennessee, is considering using a frog-dissection app in place of a traditional science lab for students who are too squeamish to handle the real thing.

5 Ways Veterans Can Support PTSD Treatment

Posted by Charlotte Webster

Veterans cope with PTSDVeterans recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) cannot expect to heal overnight. It takes time and strength through a gradual, day-to-day process. Aside from standard counseling and treatment, there are other steps veterans can take to help themselves return to shape.

1. Count on fellow veterans. It might seem obvious to some, but next-to-impossible to others, but reaching out to other men and women who have experienced PTSD from their time in service can help. Sometimes pride or embarrassment can stand in the way of asking for help, but your brothers and sisters in arms know exactly what you are feeling and can be the best resource you have. Having an extended community of PTSD survivors around you can give you a secure environment for getting through your toughest days.

2. Continue your education with your VA benefits. Enrolling in a degree or certificate program can keep your mind occupied on something other than your past experiences and make you feel productive. Veterans who have successfully coped with PTSD have found that working through an educational challenge was beneficial to their recovery. The VA provides several programs to veterans to help with their education, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill and the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

3. Volunteer or Return to Work. Volunteering your time with a local organization, serving other veterans, youth, or elderly people in your community can give you a sense of purpose. Focusing on tasks at work and feeling a sense of achievement can also keep your mind occupied with positive thoughts.

4. Exercise to help your body and mind. Exercising has been shown to benefit people mentally as well as physically. Aside from increasing strength and releasing physical tension, exercise can provide relaxation, improve self-esteem and generate feelings of control over one’s life. 

5. Talk, talk, talk. PTSD can be one of the loneliest experiences in your life. Know that you are not alone and open up to those in your social network. Isolating yourself will only make you feel worse. Spend time talking with friends, family, work colleagues and others around you. You don’t have to talk about your PTSD or painful memories. Talk about any topic, small or large, to stay connected with those around you.

Overcoming PTSD is a challenge to be sure. But you are a warrior, trained to be strong and face challenges head-on. This one is no different. Reach out to family, friends, and fellow veterans to get through each day, and find something bigger than yourself to focus on. It will get better.

CCME Scholarships for Military, Spouses and Veterans

Posted by Charlotte Webster

military educationThe Council of College and Military Educators, a not-for-profit organization, was founded 39 years ago to promote, encourage, and deliver quality education to service members and their families in all branches of the armed services. Its membership is principally composed of military educators, civilian educators, post-secondary educational institutions, and suppliers of quality education products and services.

Each year the CCME offers $1000 scholarships for Servicemembers, Military Spouses, and Veterans who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees at a member institution.

CCME Scholarship Applications must be submitted online. This year’s application will be available July 16 through the scholarship application deadline, October 1, 2012.

The eligibility requirements for each CCME scholarship category are as follows:

CCME Joe King Scholarship (5 awards)
Applicants must:

  • be a uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from all colleges
  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

CCME Spouse Scholarship (5 awards)
Applicants must:

  • be the spouse of a uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard, veteran)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from all colleges
  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

CCME Veteran Scholarship (5 awards)
Applicants must:

  • be a prior uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from all colleges
  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.
  • Essays will be judged on written content and writing skills, and should be at least 400-750 words in length. Applications that are incomplete or are from individuals that do not qualify will not be considered. Finalists will be required to provide documentation of service.