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WASHINGTON — Applications for the Scholarships for Military Children program will be available starting Nov. 1, officials announced this week.

This is the sixth year the scholarships have been offered. Since 2000, the program has awarded $1,500 scholarships to nearly 2,500 military children.

Applications will be available at any commissary worldwide, or at www.militaryscholar.org and www.commissaries.com. The applications are due Feb. 22.

The program is open to children of active duty personnel, Reserve and Guard members, or retired servicemembers.

Applicants must be under 23 if they are currently enrolled in college classes, or under 21 if they are not in college.

All applicants must be planning to attend an accredited college or university in fall 2006, or enrolled in a program designed to transfer students into a four-year degree track.

In order to verify military status, officials said all applicants should have a current Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System ID card.

At least one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants, officials said.

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