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$7 Million in USMC scholarships available

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.”

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