FAQ scholarships

Fall 2021 applications will be accepted starting Jan 15th with an April 15st deadline.  Applicants will be notified of award decisions in the latter part of April. Financial disbursements to schools will occur in August, but award recipients whom are awaiting acceptance to a program may experience a delay in payment disbursement.

Have a VA rating of at least 70%, or in pending Med Board with a statement from a command liaison verifying member will be DOD qualified as a wounded warrior with a 70% or higher rating.  Or the service member has died during time of service.

No. Only unmarried dependent children age 23 and younger and spouses of Qualifying Military Sponsors are eligible for OSC scholarship awards.

No. Page 2 Secondary Dependents and other extended family of a Qualifying Service Members are not eligible for consideration.

Yes, you are eligible. Keep in mind that scholarship awards are for a single academic year and do not renew for subsequent enrollment years. Currently an individual awardee may receive no more than two (2) OSC scholarships.

Scholarships are only awarded to U.S. Department of Education accredited schools. Please go to their website to confirm your intended educational institution is listed: https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/home

No application, or portion thereof, will be accepted beyond the April 15st deadline.

No. OSC scholarships are intended for qualified applicants pursuing postsecondary education, not to exceed a first award of a 4-year degree.

OSC scholarship is $2,500, and up to 10 may be awarded.

No. OSC does not require a minimum score on any exams or during school. We do factor academic performance into our evaluation matrix, but understand that for the demographic we are targeting with this scholarship there are life experiences that can drastically affect traditionally evaluated performances.

No, but it is taken into consideration in our evaluation matrix.

Unmarried dependent children must be 23 years of age or younger. There is no age limit for spouses.

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

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

Yes! Organizations and individuals are encouraged to visit our Donation page by clicking the “Donate” button at the top of the screen. No matter the amount of the donation, please be sure to have “OSC Scholarship Fund” selected in the “Program your donation supports:” field under the “Survey Questions” section of the page.

Donations under $2,500 will be added to the general scholarship fund that are awarded in increments of at least $2,500 until all funds are exhausted.

Donations of $2,500 or more are eligible to be named in memory of an individual or for the company/organization making the donation if the donation is made on or before April 1st for the Fall 2020 awards. Please select “Make this donation in honor of an individual” in the top section of the donation page and that will generate a “Tribute Information” section. This section will let us know how you want your scholarship to appear when it is awarded.

If at any time you have any questions, or would rather talk to us directly to make the donation, please feel free to call (301) 972-1080.

All questions not covered in the FAQ can be emailed to the Scholarship Program Director at scholarships@operationsecondchance.org