Military Spouses Can Now Apply for Scholarships Through the National Military Family Association

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NMFA will offer 300 scholarships to military spouses in 2015

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Many of us know firsthand what it’s like to have to put a career or education on hold to help support a service member.

The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, is now accepting applications for its 10th annual military spouse scholarship and professional funds program. About 300 scholarships, averaging around $1000, will be awarded to military spouses pursuing professional certification, licensure, training, required clinical supervision for mental healthcare professionals, associate’s, bachelor’s , master’s and doctorate degrees.

“Many of us know firsthand what it’s like to have to put a career or education on hold to help support a service member,” said Joyce Raezer, executive director NMFA. “That’s why we started our scholarship program back in 2004. To help those spouses find a way to finish their degrees and find a career that fits their lifestyle.

Applications for NMFA’s spouse scholarship must be completed online and submitted no later than January 31, 2015. Spouses from any uniformed service branch or rank are eligible to apply, as long as they hold a valid military ID card. This includes active duty, reserve or guard, retiree, or surviving spouses. The 2015 scholarship program is made possible through the generosity of organizations including Fisher House Foundation and United Health Foundation.

NMFA has awarded more than 3,000 scholarships to military spouses over the last 10 years. In an effort to expand support of military spouses, NMFA is collaborating with academic institutions and other organizations to offer additional scholarships, exclusive to NMFA. Offers from the following partners will be available to military spouses exclusively on the Association’s website:

  •     GEICO
  •     PenFed Berkshire Hathaway Realty Program
  •     Western Governors University
  •     University of Southern California Rossier
  •     Master of Social Work at University of Southern California
  •     Nursing at The Georgetown University
  •     Master of Business Administration at University of Northern Carolina
  •     Master of Public Health at The George Washington University
  •     Master of Health Administration at The George Washington University
  •     Nursing at Simmons College
  •     Master of Public Administration at University of North Carolina
  •     International Relations Online at American University
  •     Master of Business Administration at Syracuse University
  •     Accounting at Syracuse University

“We’re excited to be able to expand our scholarship program through these great organizations,” said Raezer. “They are giving us the ability to offer even more spouses the chance to continue their education anywhere in the country.”

About the National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit http://www.MilitaryFamily.org

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