Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the scholarship timeline?

    Applications will be accepted from March 1st – April 16th.
    Award decisions will be emailed to applicants on June 1st.
    Financial disbursements to schools made August 1st.

  • What is a Qualifying Military Sponsor?

    The OSC Scholarship Program is intended to support the educational needs of dependents and spouses of Qualifying Military Sponsor (not the service member themselves). Qualifying Military Sponsors are current or former members of the armed forces who meet one of the following:

    • Disabled and honorably discharged Veterans
    • Active Duty
    • Reserves and Retired Reserves
    • Deceased military members

  • Are Active Duty Military Service Members eligible?

    No. Only dependents and spouses of Qualifying Military Sponsors are eligible for OSC scholarship awards.

  • I am extended family of a Qualifying Service Member. Can I apply?

    No. Only legal dependents and spouses of a Qualifying Service Member are eligible for consideration.

  • I was awarded an Operation Second Chance Scholarship the previous year, can I re-apply?

    Yes, you are encouraged to reapply. Keep in mind that scholarship awards are for a single academic year, and not automatically renewable for subsequent years. An individual awardee may receive no more than four OSC scholarships.

  • How can I confirm my school or trade institute is eligible for the Scholarship Program?

    Reference the U.S. Department of Education website for a list of accredited school:

  • Will applications be accepted late?

    No applications will be accepted beyond the deadline of April 16th.

  • Do you provide scholarships for graduate (masters or doctoral) degrees?

    No. The OSC scholarships are intended for undergraduate studies only.

  • What is the amount of a scholarship?

    The amount and number of the scholarships OSC awards may vary from year to year, depending upon mission-based needs of the organization. Awards for the current academic period are expected to average $2,500 per recipient.

  • Is that per year for all four years, or is it a one-time award?

    Current scholarships are for one year only, but applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships in subsequent years, for up to four years of awards in total.

  • Is there a fee to apply for a scholarship?


  • Is there a minimum SAT score required for a scholarship?

    No. OSC does not require a minimum score on the SAT, ACT, or other similar test.

  • Is there a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required for a scholarship?

    No. While academic performance will be reviewed and considered, in some instances OSC may elect to award a scholarship for reasons other than scholastic achievements.

  • Is there an income limit for applicants and/or Qualifying Military Sponsors?


  • Is there an age limit for scholarship applicants?

    Dependents must be 23 years of age or younger. There is no age limit for spouses.

  • Do I have to be a United States citizen in order to apply for a scholarship?

    Yes. Applicants are required to be U.S. citizens.

  • How are the scholarships paid out?

    OSC will arrange payment directly to the educational institution’s finance department. Payments are never made directly to the award recipient. If the scholarship award amount exceeds the recipient’s applicable outstanding educational expenses (tuition, fees, room and board, etc.), the value of the award will be reduced commensurately.

  • I would like to honor the memory of a wounded or deceased family member who served in the Military. Can I establish a scholarship in his or her name?

    Yes. You can establish a perpetual or a one-time scholarship in memory of your loved one. Please contact us by phone (301-972-1080) to discuss.

All questions not covered in the FAQ can be emailed to the Scholarship Program Director at

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