Dependents of servicemembers have until Feb. 18 to apply for one of the $1,500 Scholarships for Military Children available through the Defense Commissary Agency.

Applications must be “in the store” at the nearest commissary by close of business that day, according to a DECA press release.

At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants.

To get an application go to: or Copies of the application are also available at commissaries worldwide.

This year’s essay topic is “What aspect of military life has had the greatest influence on you?”

The scholarship program is open to unmarried children under the age of 21 (under the age of 23 if enrolled in school) of active-duty personnel, Reserve, Guard and retired military personnel.

Eligibility for the scholarships will be determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database.

The applicant must be planning to attend an accredited college or university full-time in the fall term of 2004, or enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

The Scholarships for Military Children program has awarded nearly 1,500 scholarships and nearly $2 million since 2001.

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