Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
On Nov. 1, 2012 the online application for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Educational Assistance Programs for the 2013-2014 school year will be available. Students can apply for the interest-free loans and grants, which are awarded annually for up to five years of undergraduate study (or until a student graduates.)
Students under age 24, who are children of former, currently serving, or retired commissioned or warrant officers and children of currently serving or retired enlisted military personnel are eligible to apply. Active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the seven uniformed services are eligible for MOAA membership.
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or full-time college students working toward their first undergraduate degree. If a child served in a Uniformed Service before completing college, however, his or her maximum age for eligibility will be increased by the number of years he or she served, up to five years.
Qualified students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale are considered for selection based on their scholastic ability, participation in extracurricular and community activities, as well as financial need.
“During these tough economic times, our educational assistance programs continue to assist military families to meet the challenge of paying for college,” Laurie Wavering, Program Director of the Educational Assistance Program said.
Nearly 1,600 students received up to $5,500 each in interest-free loans or grants from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship Fund for the 2012-2013 school year. More than 400 of the students were first-time recipients.
The MOAA Scholarship Fund has provided interest-free loans totaling more than $100 million to more than 12,000 students since its inception in 1948. It is based on one of the association's founding principles that "education is the cornerstone of a strong democracy." It is supported by donations and bequests from MOAA members, chapters, corporations, and others.
Students may apply online at http://www.moaa.org/education . The application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013 (Noon EST.)
For more information on educational assistance or making a contribution to the MOAA Scholarship Fund, please visit http://www.moaa.org/scholarshipfund or email edassist(at)MOAA(dot)org.
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Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s most influential association of military officers. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization with 370,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, former officers and their families and survivors. We are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their lives and careers. For those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA subsidiary that supports a strong national defense. To learn more, visit http://www.moaa.org.