Fort Detrick
Scholarships/Financial Aid

Phone: 301-619-2854/DSN 343-2854
FAX 301-619-2884
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Army Continuing Education System (ACES)
1520 Freedman Drive, Suite 200
Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702-9226

Thrift Shop at Fort Detrick Offers Scholarships

The 2016 Scholarship application deadline has past.

The Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is awarding The Thrift Shop at Fort Detrick and Julie Parker Scholarships. All scholarships are $1000.00. Selection will be based on overall scholastic achievement, leadership, and good citizenship.

Applications are available at the Thrift Shop, Building S-11, Porter Street, Fort Detrick; the Thrift Shop web site and all Frederick County high school guidance counselor's offices.

Completed applications can be mailed to the Thrift Shop at Fort Detrick, 11 Porter Street, Frederick, MD 21702 or hand delivered to the Thrift Shop, Bldg S-11, Porter Street, Fort Detrick. The deadline for receipt of the application is 4 March 2016 (Hand delivered applications must be delivered to the Thrift Shop by 2:30 PM). For more information call the Thrift Shop at (301) 619-2289.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid "FAFSA"


The first step in the search for Financial Aid begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid begins at FAFSA on the Web — Federal Student Aid.

Army Emergency Relief (AER) offers college aid for dependent children
and spouses


The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is for dependent children of Soldiers (Active Duty, Retired and Deceased). AER's MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is for full-time students at an undergraduate, technical or vocational institution accredited by the Department of Education and is awarded annually up to four academic years. Funds may be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies or school room and board. Students may reapply each year and maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.

A student applying for an Academic Year (AY) must be under the age of 23 for the entire AY. The applicant must be an unmarried dependent child of an active duty or retired Soldier or a Soldier who died in either status. All Soldiers and students must be registered in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS). You can verify the student's DEERS status at 1-800-538-9552.

The AER Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SSEAP) is for spouses of active duty and retired Soldiers, and widow(ers) of Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status, and are residing in the United States. All spouses must be registered in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) which can be verified at 1-800-538-9552. This program does not apply to second undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Scholarship awards are based on financial need and are awarded annually for up to four academic years to attend post secondary school full time as undergraduate level students. Funds are to assist with academic expenses at the attending University/School and are disbursed equally between the Fall and Spring semesters or quarters to assist with tuition, books, fees and supplies. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.

Applications must be submitted online by the term deadline date, as listed in the OSEAP instructions.

Applications for the scholarships will be available online at External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website.

Fort Detrick Post of the Society of American Military Engineers


The Fort Detrick Post of the Society of American Military Engineers is proud to announce its fifth annual scholarship competition.

This competition is open to all full-time undergraduate students (freshman through junior) pursuing a baccalaureate degree in engineering, architecture, or related science, planning, or construction program at an accredited university or college (including two-year community colleges). Related science, planning, or construction programs include, but are not limited to, environmental science, chemistry, geology, biotechnology, urban planning, and construction management.

Further details and requirements can be found at External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website. Click on the "Scholarships" button.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11 2001.

  • Pays the cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher learning (Paid directly to the school)
  • Monthly housing allowance (Paid to student)
  • Yearly book and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year.

Contact Fort Detrick's education services specialists at 301-619-4537 to help determine your eligibility for the GI Bill benefits.

Military Spouse Scholarship

The National Military Family Association's Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 and are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Service members to obtain professional certification or to attend post-secondary or graduate school.

The scholarship funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees, and school room and board, and are paid directly to the accredited educational institution involved.

For Fort Detrick assistance contact Army Community Services, 301-619-2208, or ACES, 301-619-4537.

Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program (VAICSP)

The Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.

Visit the VAICSP Website External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website for more information and Application.

Hudson Trust Star Scholarship
for Military Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts

The Hodson Trust and four MD colleges (Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, St. John's College and Washington College) are giving undergraduate and graduate scholarships for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The scholarships covers 100 percent of each of the four institution's published annual tuition, room, board, and mandatory student fees.

Visit the Website External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website for more information or call 302-429-9427.

200 Organizations Offering Scholarships for Minorities

Don't pass this one up based on its title. Applications are accepted based on a multitude of criteria to include: gender, handicap/disability, career objectives or religion. Additionally, some are event oriented (i.e. Holocaust Remembrance essays), while at least 1/3 of the scholarships being offered are from companies and organizations such as AFL-CIO, Coca Cola and Verizon.

Minorities Scholarships Click here External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website

FEEA Scholarship Program


The FEEA Scholarship is for current civilian federal employees and their dependent family members (spouse/child). Adult children relatives are eligible if claimed on the sponsoring employees tax return. Active duty military members and their dependents are eligible only through a sponsoring civilian employee spouse. Military retirees and dependents are eligible if the retiree (or retirees spouse) is a current civilian federal employee.

Additional qualifications are discussed on FEEA's Web site External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website. A downloadable version of the application is also available on the Web site.

Military Dependent Children

25K in scholarships available to military dependent children. Scholarship information, eligibility requirements, and application are available on the organization's website at External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website.

Ferris State University

Ferris State University

Ferris Military Veteran Scholarship External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website

This scholarship provides a $1000 annual scholarship, renewable for three additional years as long as the veteran continues to meet all eligibility criteria. All qualifying veterans entering as a freshman or transfer student will be eligible for the in-state tuition rate.

Grantham University Offers Scholarships to Soldiers and Family Members

Imagine America Foundation

Imagine America Foundation Scholarships External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website

Since 2006, Grantham University has supported the Imagine America Foundation’s Military Award Program (MAP), a national aid program that provides a $1,000 career education award to a qualified active duty service member; reservist; honorably discharged or retired veteran of a United States military service branch for attendance at a participating college. This year, Grantham University is committed to funding and awarding fifteen $1,000.00 scholarships. For more information and to apply, visit: External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website.

Severely Injured Service Member and Spouse Scholarship Opportunities

Severely injured service members and their spouses have expressed an interest in an opportunity to pursue diploma and certification programs or college degrees that will help prepare them for jobs and careers while they are convalescing, when they return home and after discharge from the military.

The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) helps service members and veterans pursue their educational goals and earn degrees or certifications both during and after their service. DANTES is a Department of Defense agency that provides leadership and support for this important effort through partnerships across the education community.

Now is the time for you to take the next step and engage the opportunity to actively advance your career. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to service members, veterans, as well as their dependents and survivors.

For Military Dependents Only:

Children of Deceased Service Members Scholarship Program External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
for students who are military dependents of deceased service members, including those who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
provides information on several programs to help Coast Guard members and their families financially meet educational goals.

Scholarship Program for Military Children External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
for children of members of all the military services.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest need-based scholarship organization supporting U.S. military families.

Society of Daughters of the U.S. Army (DUSA) Scholarship Awards Program External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
for daughters and granddaughters of Army warrant and commissioned officers.

Paying for College - Student Resource Guide

Primarily listed by monthly deadlines/closing dates, this outstanding guide lists resources for grants, internships and scholarships. It has designated sections for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a "High School Only" section. Each entry lists a point of contact, web address (where applicable) and the eligibility criteria.

Download the Student Resource Guide External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website.

Reference Books

ACES Education Center, Bldg 1520
Post Library, Bldg 1520

  • Directory of Financial Aid for Women
  • Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families
  • Financial Aid for Research, Study and Travel & Other Activities Abroad
  • Financial Aid for Veteran's (Military Personnel and Their Dependents)
  • Financing your College Degree
  • Grants for Graduate & Post Doctoral Study
  • How to Find Out About Financial Aid
  • Paying Less for College
  • Scholarships, Grants & Prizes
  • Scholarships Handbook
  • Top 100 Private Sources of Financial Aid
  • Winning Money for College
  • The Scholarship Book
  • ARCO - College Financial Aid
  • ARCO - College Scholarships
  • College Costs and Financial Aid Handbook
  • Financial Aid for Disabled and Their Families
  • Financial Aid for Research and Creative Activities
  • Financial Aid for Women
  • Financial Aid for Veteran's (Military Personnel and Dependents)
  • Financial Aid for Study and Training Abroad
  • Free Money for College
  • Free Money from Colleges and Universities
  • Free Money for Graduate School
  • Money for Colleges
  • Peterson's College Money Handbook

Online Resources