ThanksUSA opened their submissions for military spouse & dependent scholarships yesterday, April 1.
The 2012 Scholarship Program is linked here.. http://www.thanksusa.org/main/scholarships.html
The gist of it is (and I recommend reading more of it on the site because the process is a little dicey):
- Dependents can apply for an award of $3,000 for their first-time undergraduate study only (2-year, 4-year, and vocational/technical schools).
- Spouses can apply for an award of $3,000 for the same AND non-degree licensure/certification programs regardless if an undergraduate degree has already been awarded.
Applications are due by May 15, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CDT
Certain documentation IS required. Current orders, DD214, etc. Complete transcript of grades. Photo of individual. And if applicable, physician’s documentation for injury or death of service member.
Now, there is a kicker, if you are a student at Northern Virginia Community College and you receive the scholarship, you may be eligible for up to $4000 more.
I am a HUGE proponent of scholarships (as witnessed by my epic student loan fail, btw). My life would have been 100% easier had I gotten scholarships. Yes, they take some time to complete, but they are worth it. Ask Superman. He informed me a few days ago, that he has NEVER applied for a scholarship in his entire life. I seriously had a total WTF moment with him. How is it that we’ve been together for 8 years and I didn’t know he had NOT applied for any scholarships?!? Now, I’m staring down the barrel of his ridiculous amount of student loan debt wondering just how much we could have gotten rid of had he shown some initiative. I’m telling you, he has the motivational drive of a slug. If it isn’t handed to him on a silver platter, it’s just not happening. I’d call him lazy, but he does things around the house sometimes. This is really his mother’s fault. She did everything for him. She still does if he asks, including folding his laundry when she visits. Maybe by the time he’s 30, he’ll start doing this stuff himself. I have the feeling that it has to do with the fact that he doesn’t like having to ask questions about things because he has a superiority complex in which he believes he should have already known. Asking questions insinuates that he doesn’t know something, thus making him less of a person. Yes, this is what I deal with.
NOW, GET APPLYING. You don’t want a bazillion dollars in student loans because you were lazy, trust me.