By Joe Gschwendtner
Last July we briefed our readers on the Castle Pines chapter of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Scholarship Foundation. We now share time-sensitive information that could benefit relatives or people you know.
The application window for 2014 - 2015 USMC scholarships will be closing on March 1. With more than $7 million in funds available this academic year, Craig Sundquist, co-chair of the local USMC Scholarship Foundation urges all Castle Pines Connection readers to review the award criteria to determine whether they or out-of-state friends/family qualify.
Here are a few guidelines for applicants:
May be any child of mother or father who serves or who has served in the USMC or child of a navy corpsman serving or who has served with the Marines.
Scholarship dollars may be used for college or vocational education.
Adjusted parental gross income of up to $93,000 is acceptable, rising by $10,000 for each additional child in a family.
If the applicant qualifies, he/she receives a scholarship. There is no limit on the number of scholarships awarded
The process is simple, just visit www.mcsf.org. The website is user-friendly and detailed, anticipating virtually any question that might arise. Have a copy of the service-member’s DD214 available and parents’ previous year’s federal tax returns. Then, fill out the on-line form to see if you qualify.
“We would be happy to see scholarship money go to an applicant in Castle Pines,” said Sundquist. “It is not a selection process; if the applicant(s) qualify, they get the money.”