The scholarship application consists of three primary components: academic performance records, extracurricular activities, and two short essay questions. The Scholarship selection process is simple. Identifying information is redacted, and judges look at the overall value of each candidate.
The Foundation Scholarship Committee convenes a special board consisting of one person each from the Active Duty, Reserve, Retired, Enlisted, and spouse communities. The Scholarship Board individually reviews and critiques each application and then meets as a virtual Scholarship Board to collectively select the best candidates. Applicants are considered for awards on the basis of character, leadership, academic performance, and financial need.
The Scholarship Program has steadily grown over the past three decades, due in large part to the generosity and efforts of regional chapters, spouses’ clubs, and individual Supply Corps officers. In 1971, six one-year $250 scholarships were offered; today, the Foundation’s goal is to award $250,000 in scholarships each year. Since 1971, the Foundation has awarded 2,698 scholarships valued in excess of $6,546,000.
Read more about Foundation Scholarship recipients in the 2023 Summer issue of The Oakleaf.