The United States Army Drill Sergeant
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 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.
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.
- 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.