Scholarships for Military Children

One of the most daunting details of a college education is perhaps also the biggest blockade as well: the cost of school and the ability to afford tuition. Even local community schools often come with fees that are beyond the scope of a military family. Fortunately, Fisher House Foundation and select companies make scholarships earmarked for Military children possible.
Over the past 17 years, the Fisher House Foundation has administered scholarship grants to nearly 11,000 students. These grants are courtesy of the Defense Commissary Agency and its business partners. Fisher House Foundation has volunteered to award and administer the funds, ensuring that every penny raised is awarded to a deserving recipient.
The nearly 11,000 students over the years have been selected from over 90,000 applicants. Potential applicants are eligible if they are the child of an active duty servicemember, reservist, guard or a retired commissary customer.  All eligible applicants should also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled or enrolling in a 2- or 4-year degree program for the upcoming fall. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2019 Semester.
Do you have a college student or graduating senior? The 2019 program application is currently available. Applications must be submitted online by February 15th.
Applicants will be reviewed by Scholarship Managers, a scholarship management firm. This professional firm contracts with Fisher House Foundation. All applicants are evaluated and the most qualified of the group are awarded. 500 Grants will be awarded for the 2019-2020 Academic year. Each grant will be $2,000. To ensure that all funds raised are awarded as scholarship grants, Fisher House Foundation does not charge for its services and covers the cost of the scholarship management contract.
The entirety of the program is funded by Commissary business partners. It is through the extreme generosity that the scholarship fund is even possible. Manufacturers and suppliers keep products on shelves at Commissaries worldwide and the purchase of those products fund the Scholarships for Military Children program.
For more information regarding the scholarship program, application instructions and sponsor information, please visit
Per the Fisher House Foundation website and corresponding press releases regarding the Scholarships for Military Children program:
The Defense Commissary Agency and Fisher House Foundation gratefully acknowledge the support and monetary donations of all contributors and especially the following business partners for the 2018 scholarship program:
Four Star Donors – $50,000 or greater
Fisher House Foundation
Reynolds Consumer Products
Three Star Donors – $25,000 to $49,999
522 Foundation
Kahlert Foundation, Inc.
MDV, A SpartanNash Company
Procter & Gamble
Two Star Donors – $10,000 to $24,999
Dial, a Henkel Company
Ferrara Candy Company
Frank and Joanna Hogan
J.M. Smucker Company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Red Bull
One Star Donors – $2,000 to $9,999
American Logistics Association – Hampton Roads Chapter
Association of US Army – MG Greene Chapter
Bath Fitter
Commander William S. Stuhr Scholarship Fund
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Elite Brands
In Honor of MSgt. Loyd J. Rockhold, USMC
Mars Wrigley
Lt. Col. Ron Mattana Scholarship Fund
Pepperidge Farm
PepsiCo “In Memory of Murry Greenwald”
Pride Industries
SC Johnson, A Family Company
The Hershey Company
Unilever William and Helen Sherman
Supporting Brokers & Distributors Representatives
Acosta Sales & Marketing
Advantage Sales & Marketing
American Logistics Association
Coastal Pacific Food Distributors
Dunham & Smith Agencies
Exchange & Commissary News
Favata Bakery, Inc.
Military Media Inc.
Military Deli & Bakery Services, Inc.
Military Times / Sightline Media Group
Northeast Military Sales
Overseas Service Corp. / Webco Services Co

Should Exchanges and Commissaries Merge?


Should Exchanges and Commissaries Merge?

By Debbie Gregory

If John H. Gibson II, the Defense Department’s new chief management officer has his way, the three military exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) would be merged into a single resale enterprise. But executives of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Navy Exchange Command and the Marine Corps exchange systems are resisting the effort

The new venture, which would be called the Defense Resale Enterprise, would rely on the success of the Exchanges to reverse the failures of the commissary system.

While the commissaries, which are federally subsidized, are military grocery stores, for-profit base exchanges sell consumer goods and services to active duty, Reserve, National Guard, military retirees, totally and permanently disabled veterans and Medal of Honor recipients.

DeCA has relied on taxpayer dollars, to the tune of $1.3 billion in annual subsidies, in order to offer a wide array of brand products to military families and retirees at cost.

A draft legislative proposal for creating the new enterprise contends that the merge will “increase the enterprise’s agility to respond to dynamic mission, industry and patron requirements and trends; and ensure the long-term viability of these services.”

The priorities for families who use the commissaries and exchanges are to sustain shopper savings, improve the in-store experience and ensure proper funding of MWR programs, according to Eileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for National Military Family Association.

Many are of the opinion that defense officials should first focus on reversing the decreasing sales at the commissaries before launching a merger with exchanges to try to float the leaking ship.

The draft legislative also suggests that perhaps the exchanges and commissaries should combine into single stores.

Considering that many of the military shoppers are millennials (ages 22-36) who use technology to shop, the move to consolidate the locations may make the most sense.