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The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensation rating of 100%.

Obama bookThe scholarship grants for this special program are underwritten by the author's after tax proceeds from the book "Of Thee I Sing. A Letter to My Daughters" written by President Barack Obama, as well as corporate sponsorships and private donations. The amount to be awarded each year depends on the amount of royalties, sponsorships and other donations designated for this program.

Who Can Apply for a Scholarship

Dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active duty personnel, Reserve/Guard and retired military members, or survivors of service members who died while on active duty may apply for a Heroes' Legacy Scholarship if they meet one of the following additional criteria:

  • One of the parents died while serving on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 in any branch or component of the U. S. Armed Forces OR

  • One of the parents, while serving on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, became disabled - meaning that the parent qualified for receipt of Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) OR

  • One of the parents, who was on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, received a permanent and total compensation rating of 100% from the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs.

If a student or parent is not sure whether they qualify, they can submit documentation to Fisher House Foundation which will make such determinations on a case by case basis. Documentation should be sent via email to BGawne@fisherhouse.org. Please include "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" in the subject line. If no response is provided within one week, please call Fisher House Foundation at (888) 294-8560 to ensure the email was received.

In addition to the above, the student must possess a DD Form 1173 (United States Uniformed Services Identification Card). Eligibility, including survivors of deceased members, will be determined using the DEERS (Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System) database. Applicants can verify if they are enrolled in DEERS by having the sponsor go to www.dmdc.osd.mil and entering their social security number, date of birth, and last name (requires a CAC card or DFAS ID) or call 1-800-538-9552. Alternatively, the personnel office at your closest military installation can access DEERS and verify if the applicant is enrolled.

Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate program of study leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2018. High school applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis). College applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. College freshmen must submit a first semester college transcript.

Recipients may be asked to provide an "Awards Letter" from the college or university they plan to attend. An "Awards Letter" verifies the costs to attend a particular college or university, and it includes all grants the student has qualified to receive.

Excepting extremely unusual circumstances, the awards cannot be deferred for future use; the awards must be used for educational expenses incurred during the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

The awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin, rank or service of the sponsor.

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What You Need to Apply

Each application will include the following which must be submitted as
ONE PACKAGE:

  • The completed two-page application
  • Transcript or copy of my grades
  • Short typed essay. You may review the question here.

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Scholarship Awards Information

The Scholarships
The amount to be awarded each year depends on the amount of royalties, sponsorships and other donations designated for the Legacy Heroes' Scholarship Program. Prior year recipients must reapply to be considered.

Excepting extremely unusual circumstances, the awards cannot be deferred for future use; the awards must be used for educational expenses incurred during the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

The awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin, rank or service of the sponsor.

The Selection Process
Recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Participation in school, community and volunteer activities
  • Work experience
  • An Essay

The Notification Process
Letters will be mailed to recipients on or about June 15th.

Scholarship Managers will mail a check to the recipient’s home address on file on or about August 1st. The check is made payable to the college or university selected by the scholarship recipient. It is the recipient’s responsibility to forward the check to the appropriate office at the college or university.

All applicants will be notified of their status.

It is the responsibility of the recipients to ensure that Scholarship Managers has their most current address on file.

How may the scholarships be used?
Scholarship checks issued by Scholarship Managers 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 scholarship money used to pay for room, board and travel is not tax exempt, and as such, is beyond the desired purpose of this program.

Program Administration
This program is independently administered by Scholarship Managers (SM), a nonprofit scholarship service organization which has no connection to Fisher House Foundation, the President, the First Lady, or the Executive Office of the President.

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