Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Patriot Scholar Program

The Military Friends Foundation Patriot Scholar program is for:

1) Massachusetts residents who are high-school seniors and college students with a parent/step-parent/guardian who has been activated overseas in the Massachusetts National Guard or Reserve components since September 11, 2001.

2) Massachusetts family members of Fallen Service Members who have lost their lives in relation to their military service since September 11, 2001.  The family member will be currently attending (or accepted in) a trade school, undergraduate or graduate program to apply for the grant.

The Military Friends Foundation seeks to award a $1000 scholarship in each of the Commonwealth’s nine Congressional Districts. These scholarships will be awarded based on merit as determined by the Military Friends Foundation’s Board of Directors and with consultation from the scholarship Committee.

Eligible students must have a financial need and provide proof of a FAFSA application when applying.

For children of Massachusetts National Guard Members, who reside Massachusetts, and children of Reservists, who reside in Massachusetts: The service member must be currently activated overseas under Title 10 for a force protection mission or have been activated overseas under Title 10 for a force protection mission since September 11, 2001.  Active service in the armed forces shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the armed forces of the United States.

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All applicants must meet the following criteria:

*Massachusetts Resident

*Graduating high school senior or college student who is enrolled in college/trade school

*Have a parent, step-parent, or custodial guardian who is a Massachusetts resident, is/was a member of the National Guard or Reserve, and is/was activated overseas under Title 10 since September 11, 2001 for a force protection mission. (This does not include active duty for training.) The service member should be in good standing or honorably discharged OR a family member of a service member who has lost their life in relation to their military service since September 11, 2001.

*Proof of application for FAFSA (Free application for student financial aid) or other financial aid assistance

Patriot Scholar recipients will be selected by the Military Friends Foundation. Only the winners will be notified via phone and award recipient’s names and photos will appear on www.militaryfriends.org.  A public presentation of the scholarships will be made and all scholarship recipients are expected to attend this ceremony. Please submit a completed application to Military Friends Foundation, 14 Beacon Street, Suite 706, Boston, MA 02108. There is no grade point minimum to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS 2014

1.  Family members proof of military service (DD-214, LES, DD-1300)

2.  Three letters of recommendation (maximum 500 words each)

-One letter must be from an educator or guidance counselor

-Please have the authors of each letter sign the letter and include their contact information

3. Typed list of extra-curricular activities (e.g. student government, athletics, the arts), community involvement and other awards/recognition

4. High school seniors should submit official high school transcripts with grade point average. College freshmen should submit official high school transcripts with grade point average and first semester official college transcripts

5. Proof of FAFSA application

6. Typed response to the essay question below (maximum 500 words)

The Military Friends Foundation is proud to assist National Guard and Reserve Families and Families of Fallen Service Members. Significant support for our programs comes from people across the state who make a voluntary donation under Question 32E – Mass. Military Family Relief Fund – on the Massachusetts State Tax Form.

Please write a letter to the editor which appear in your local newspapers at tax season about why people should take the time to make a donation through Question 32E to support military families.

7. Other: Please type any additional information you wish to share with the Committee (optional)

Applicants must complete the Patriot Scholar application in full and mail: Military Friends Foundation, 14 Beacon Street, Suite 706, Boston, MA 02108.

Patriot Scholar recipients will be selected by the Military Friends Foundation. Only the winners will be notified via phone and award recipient’s names and photos will appear on www.militaryfriends.org.  A public presentation of the scholarships will be made and all scholarship recipients are expected to attend this ceremony.