The United States Army Drill Sergeant
Association Scholarship

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The United States Army Drill Sergeant Association (USADSA) has been established for the fraternal, patriotic, historical, and educational benefit of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeants. It was established as a National Member Association to strengthen camaraderie, preserve, and perpetuate the memory and history of our proud lineage and badge of honor. Since 1964 Drill Sergeants have often placed their own well being and sacrificed countless hours with their families in order to transform America’s sons and daughters into the U.S. Army’s next generation of leaders. The USADSA Scholarship Program was created to recognize the contributions by Drill Sergeants to the readiness of the fighting force and celebrate the vital role their families played in this process. It is the intent of the USADSA that a scholarship funded through contributions will be awarded annually to one individual at each of the Army’s four A.T.Cs and the USADSA wish to thank our members, supporters, and other contributors for their generosity in funding the United States Army Drill Sergeant Association Scholarship Program.

CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY:

Spouses and Children of active duty Drill Sergeants, reserve/guard and retired Drill Sergeants, or survivors of Drill Sergeant service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military after serving as a U.S. Army Drill Sergeant, and dependants of former Drill Sergeants may apply for a scholarship. Eligibility, including survivors of deceased members, will be determined using the DEERS
(Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System) database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are currently enrolled in the DEERS database and that they have a current ID card. Applicants can verify if they are enrolled in DEERS by going to “www.dmdc.osd.mil and entering their social security number, date of birth, and last name or call 1-800-538-9552.
Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, full-time in the fall of 2015 in an undergraduate program of studies leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited U.S. college or university. High school applicants must have a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis). College applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Applicants who receive an appointment to one of the U.S. Military Academies (or affiliated preparatory schools) or are awarded a full scholarship at any accredited U.S. post-secondary institution of higher education are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, fees or qualified expenses. Applicants attending a community or junior college must be enrolled in a program of studies designed to allow them to transfer directly into a four-year program. No scholarships will be
awarded to those pursuing an associate degree as their final degree, second undergraduate, or graduate school degree. Excepting extremely unusual circumstances, the awards cannot be deferred for future use; the awards must be used for educational expenses incurred during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Applicants, which are dependants of former but not retired Drill Sergeants must submit a copy of their sponsors DSS Graduation Certificate or DD-214 proving eligibility.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS:

The 2015 United States Army Drill Sergeant Association Scholarship Program will award one $500 scholarship at each of the Army’s four Army Training Centers that has qualified applicants. The awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin, rank or service of the sponsor. If the sponsor served at a now closed Training Center, those applications will be submitted and compete with the Ft. Sill, OK applicants.

HOW MAY THE SCHOLARSHIPS BE USED?

Scholarship checks issued by the United States Army Drill Sergeant Assocation are made payable to the school the recipients will attend, not to the student. IRS Publication 970 states that scholarships may be used to pay for qualified expenses, which include tuition, fees, lab fees and books. Other degree-related costs (like supplies or equipment required for specific classes) that are purchased from, and paid directly, to the school are also allowed. IRS Publication 970 specifically states that tax-free scholarships may not be used to pay for room and board.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION:

The United States Army Drill Sergeant Association will independently admisnter this scholarship program. The United States Army Drill Sergeant Association is solely responsible for the selection of scholarhsip recipients and its decisions are final. Please direct any questions or concerns to the USADSA at (757) 501- 7024 or USADSAscholarships@armydrillsergeants.com.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

  • Applicants must provide their permanent home address, not their college address, on the front page of the application. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to notify SM of any change of address.
  • Applicants who submit more than one application will be disqualified from consideration for a scholarship. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is received by the USADSA by close of business, May 1, 2015.
    Please note that this is not a postmark deadline date. There will be no exceptions made to this deadline date.
  • The applicant’s sponsor must be a dependant of a current or former U.S. Army Drill Sergeant
  • Children of civilian employees, US Public Health Service Officers, or NOAA are not eligible (unless they are otherwise qualified as identified on page 1).
  • SM will notify recipients by letter on or about June 1, 2015. Scholarship checks are mailed to the recipient made payable to the applicable college no later than August 1, 2015.
  • Non-recipients will not be notified. Applicants should check www.armydrillsergeants.com for a list of winners.

CHECKLIST:

    • I have enclosed a transcript or copy of my grades with my application.

    • I have enclosed my essay with my name on each page.

    • My parent or guardian (the sponsor) has signed the application.

    • My sponsor is deployed, my other parent, or a guardian, has signed the application.

    • I am a dependent of an active duty, reserve/guard, retired military member, former Drill Sergeant or survivor of service member who died while on active duty or survivor of individual who died while receiving retired pay from the military after performing the job of a Drill Sergeant.

    • I am not a dependent child of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Public Health Service, other federal or military related agencies or activities, or a DoD civilian employee.

    • I have signed the application.

    • My high school code # (if available) is on the application.

    • I have kept a copy of my application and essay.

    The separate 2 page application, along with your essay and transcript (or copy of your grades) must be submitted to the following:

    the United States Army Drill Sergeant Association Scholarship Program 210 Dillon Circle Newport News, VA 23604

    No later than May 1, 2015

    Please remember that this is not a postmark deadline date.

    Please do not submit this or the preceding page.

    SM strongly recommends that applicants visit www.gibill.va.gov. Enter VA Form 22-5490 in the search box for information on all “GI Bill” programs for which they may be eligible.

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    The sponsor’s spouse, or the applicant’s guardian, may sign if the sponsor is deployed or deceased)

    We certify that, to the best of our knowledge, all responses are true and factual, and the sponsor, as well as the applicant, possesses a valid DD Form 2 or DD Form 1173 United States Uniformed Services Identification Card and is enrolled in DEERS. We also agree that, if the applicant is selected as a recipient, any and all information submitted with this application (including photos when submitted at a later date) may be used for purposes of news and publicity by the United States Army Drill Sergeant Assocation, Scholarship Managers and all current and future promotions of this program.

    May be found at www.actstudent.org/regist/lookuphs. If you attend a DOD high school in a foreign country leave country as US, drop down Armed Forces box, select AE or AP and look for the name of your school.

    Cumulative, unweighted GPA (on a 4.0 basis) - must be converted from letter or numerical grades.

    Cumulative, unweighted GPA (on a 4.0 basis) - must be converted from letter or numerical grades.

    AABA/BS

    If more space is needed for this and the following 2 sections, please duplicate this page – résumés or any other format will not be accepted. Please enter dates in a month and year (mm/yyyy) format.

    Please enter dates in a month and year (mm/yyyy) format.

    All applicants must also submit their most recent transcript or copy of their grades, preferably from the fall of 2014, (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). College freshmen must submit a first semester college transcript. The transcript may be in a sealed and separate envelope but must be submitted with this application.

    Since 1964, Drill Sergeants have successfully performed the task of transforming America’s sons and daughters into the next generation of U.S. Army leaders. Every Soldier in the U.S. Army and especially Drill Sergeants are grounded by a common set of values; Army values, which include Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. These seven Army values have helped the Soldiers of the U.S. Army face and overcome adversity and challenges as well as fight and win our Nations wars. How can you relate to the Army Values and how can or have they helped you throughout your high school career.

    The essay must be 500 words or less, typewritten or computer-generated, double spaced, no longer than 2 pages and stapled to this application. Please place your name in the upper right hand corner of each page of the essay.

    If it is not possible (due to distance considerations) for the applicants to submit their applications in person, they may also mail, UPS, or FedEx their completed applications to the USADSA or A.T.C. CSM office. Please go to www.armydrillsergeants.com to get the official mailing address of the USADSA. Faxed or emailed aplications will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to ensure that the application and all necessary materials arrive to the appropriate location no later than

    May 1, 2015

    THIS IS NOT A POSTMARK DEADLINE DATE

    This program is independently administered by Scholarship Managers (SM)