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The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is again offering money for college, and the deadline is approaching.

The scholarships benefit dependents who are high school seniors or recent graduates, who meet certain financial and academic criteria.

The deadline for graduating seniors is March 1, while the deadline for other students is April 15, according to a foundation press release.

The average award for students is $1,900. The 2006 maximum family income is $65,000 or less (the limit increases if siblings also apply).

Students must complete their application forms and submit with a copy of their parent’s Form DD214 (Certificate of Service), an IRS 1040, a transcript of grades, their Federal Student Aid Report, and a 500-word essay, according to the press release.

Students qualify if they are:

the son or daughter of a Marine on active duty or in the Reserve, retired or deceased;the son or daughter of a Marine or Marine reservist who has received an honorable discharge, medical discharge or who was killed while in the service of our country;the son or daughter of an active duty, Reserve or former U.S. Navy corpsman who is serving or has served with the U.S. Marine Corps.Applicants must be:

a senior in high school;a high school graduate currently enrolled as an undergraduate in an accredited college or university;currently enrolled in a post high school accredited vocational/technical school.Scholarship winners are notified by the foundation by April 16 (high school students) and July 15 (all other students).

For more information, contact The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, at (800) 292-7777.

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