For Immediate Release
National Military Family Association Looks to Award Thousands in Scholarships to Military Spouses
Applications are being accepted now through June 30, 2018 from military spouses seeking funding for education, career, and business goals
May 3, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen military families, announces the opening of their scholarship application period and welcomes military spouses from all branches to apply. The first application period will run from May 1-June 30, 2018, with a second round opening in the fall.
NMFA’s website features multiple scholarship and funding opportunities for military spouses—from degree funding, career advancement funding, or spouse-owned business funding.
Since the program’s inception in 2004, NMFA has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarship funds to more than 4,000 military spouses. The expansion of the Military Spouse Scholarship program has welcomed partner schools and colleges, vocational programs, fellowships, and career-focused funding opportunities from National Sponsors, Prudential, Corvias Foundation, and the Fisher House Foundation.
“Military spouses go above and beyond in support of their loved ones,” said Joyce Wessel Raezer, NMFA’s Executive Director. “And for many, that means putting education, career, and business aspirations on hold while their military member serves our country. We are pleased to see more military spouses investing in themselves with the help of the funding NMFA offers them.”
Recipients of NMFA’s scholarships and funding can use their awards for a range of pursuits, including high school equivalency, all degree levels, licensure fees and exams, professional certifications, clinical supervision, continuing education, and most recently added, spouse-owned business expenses.
One scholarship recipient, a Navy Reserve spouse who is using her funding to pay for medical licensure exams, noted, “As a military spouse, we know obstacles are plenty, but the goal is to keep moving forward. Through the journey of obtaining licensure for my career, life becomes less difficult and dreams are made into reality.”
NMFA awards an average of $500 for career advancement, $1,000 for degrees, and $1,000 to help spouses build their own businesses (including entrepreneurs, LLCs, direct sales, franchises, contractors, and other for-profit and not-for-profit ventures).
Any spouse with a valid military ID is eligible to apply during the May 1-June 30 and October 1-January 15 application periods each year.
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, veteran, 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 www.MilitaryFamily.org