SCHOLARSHIP FAQs

Eligibility

My family's income is higher than your limit. Can I still apply?

Yes. Be sure to provide an explanation of your family’s circumstances in the indicated section of the application.

Are step-children eligible to apply?

Yes! Step children are welcome to apply. If you’re a step-child you may be required to provide proof of your relationship to the qualifying military parent using either a tax document or a marriage certificate.

I'm a part-time student. Am I still eligible to receive a scholarship?

Yes! Awards are available for part-time students.

I’d like to attend career training or trade school for a non-degree certificate program. Am I eligible?

Yes! Scholarships are available to students attending career training or trade school for a non-degree certificate program at any accredited school.

We verify accreditation through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). To see if the school you want to attend is accredited visit http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ and search for your school.

Application

How do I apply?

If you’re a new applicant, click here.

If you were awarded a scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year, click here.

How do I change my User ID or Password for my MyMCSF account?

For the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation MyMCSF Account:

User ID: Your User ID cannot be changed. If you forget your User ID, go to the login page and click Forgotten Password/Forgotten User ID. Follow the instructions and your information will be e-mailed to you. DON’T CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT.

Password: If you forget your password, go to the login page and click Forgotten Password/Forgotten User ID.  Enter your User ID or e-mail and your information will be e-mailed to you. DON’T CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT.

I am a new applicant. Are any documents required for the application?

Yes. You’re required to upload the following documents as part of your application:

  1. TRANSCRIPT: Your current year school transcript that shows a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  2. 2014 FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN: The first two pages of the 2014 Federal Income Tax Return (or 2013 if 2014 has not been filed) you are claimed on OR the Statement of Non-filing of a Federal Tax Return AY 2015-16 form.
  3. QUALIFYING MILITARY PARENT SERVICE DOCUMENTATION: click here to learn more about the document you’ll need to provide.
  4. PHOTO: A photo of yourself suitable for reproduction in our publications and donor relations, and is at least 500KB.

Additional information about these documents can be found in Application Documents.

You may also have to provide an additional document:

  • If you’re applying as a grandchild: you’ll have to submit an Association Document (roster list, membership card, or copy of newsletter with their name and address) proving your grandparent is a member of the association for which you are applying for.
  • If you indicate your parent was medically retired from the military: you’ll have to submit the letter from the Commandant of the Marine Corps assigning your qualifying military parent to the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL).  DON’T provide a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • If YOU served in the US Armed Forces: you’ll have to submit your own military document (DD214 Member-4 version) or Statement of Service. Your character of service must also be “honorable.” No other character of service is accepted.

I’m a renewal applicant that was awarded in the 2014-15 academic year. Are any documents required for my application?

Yes. You are required to upload the following documents as part of your application:

  1. TRANSCRIPT: Your current year school transcript that shows a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  2. 2014 FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN: The first two pages of the 2014 Federal Income Tax Return (or 2013 if 2014 has not been filed) you are claimed on OR the Statement of Non-filing of a Federal Tax Return AY 2015-16 form.

Additional questions about these documents can be found in the Application Documents.

What if I don’t have a scanner?

Visit your local copy center, school library, or consider asking a teacher, friend, or family member if they can help you.

Can I email, postal mail or fax my documents?

No. All documents must be scanned and uploaded into the application. Any supporting documents sent by e-mail, postal mail, or fax will not be accepted and will be destroyed.

I have previously been awarded a scholarship. Do I need to apply again?

Yes.  You are eligible for four paid awards, but are required to re-apply and continue to meet eligibility each year. The renewal application is simple and shouldn’t take too long to complete.

You’re not required to be awarded in consecutive years, but if you weren’t awarded in the 2014-15 academic year, you’ll need to complete the application process as a first time student.

What is the dollar amount of your scholarship awards?

Scholarship awards range between $1,500 to $10,000 per academic year.

Application Documents

Transcript

I won’t be able to get my official transcript by the application deadline. What can I do?

You can provide an unofficial transcript, but it must include:

  • Your full name (first & last)
  • Name of your school
  • Cumulative, unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Semester/date your grades are through

Screenshots are considered valid, if the items listed above can be seen. Microsoft Word, text, or editable documents aren’t acceptable.

GED recipients: provide a copy of your GED if you haven’t attended college or career training since earning your GED.

My school will only postal mail my official transcript, but you won’t accept any documents by mail. What should I do?

Request your transcript be mailed to you. When you receive your transcript, open it, scan it, and upload it to your application. We will accept your transcript as “official” even though the sealed envelope has been opened.

If your school mails your transcript to our office, we will not accept it and will destroy the document. No application documents are accepted by e-mail, postal mail, or fax.

Tax Document

What tax forms are accepted?

The first two pages of the 2014 federal income tax return (or 2013 if 2014 has not been filed) you are claimed on.

Even if you file your own taxes, you may still have to provide your parent’s tax document. Check out the next question to determine which tax document we’ll need.

You’re not required to provide the tax document for your qualifying military parent (unless that’s the parent that claims you!). If your parents are divorced, submit the tax document for the parent that claims you.

Acceptable federal tax forms are:

  • Federal (US) 1040 – submit first two pages
  • Federal (US) 1040A – submit first two pages
  • Federal (US) 1040EZ – acceptable for independent students only

Unacceptable tax forms include:

  • Summary pages
  • Form 1040-ES
  • Form 1040-X

The general IRS site for all forms is: http://www.irs.gov

How do I know if I submit my parent’s tax return, or my tax return?

There are two types of students in the Financial Aid world: dependent and independent.  Determine the type of student you are here:  www.studentaid.gov/dependency.

  • Dependent applicants must provide their parent’s tax return of which they’re claimed on (this means your name will appear in box 6c of the 1040!). Even if you file your own taxes, you’ll still have to provide your parent’s tax document.
  • Independent applicants must provide their own tax return.

Not living with your parents, being responsible for your own educational expenses, or not being claimed by your parents on your tax forms doesn’t make you an independent student.

If you are a dependent student and aren’t claimed on your parent’s tax document, contact us.

I’m not considered an independent student, but I am paying for my own education. Do I have to submit my parent’s tax return?

Yes. If you’re considered a dependent student, you have to submit your parent’s tax document (your name will appear on the tax form in box 6c of the 1040).

Not living with your parents, being responsible for your own educational expenses, or not being claimed by your parents on your tax forms doesn’t make you an independent student.

If you are a dependent student and aren’t claimed on your parent’s tax document, contact us.

My parents are divorced or separated. Whose tax document should I use?

Submit the tax document for the parent that claims you (your name will appear on the tax form in box 6c of the 1040). You’re not required to provide the tax document for your qualifying military parent (unless that’s the parent that claims you!).

What if my parent’s federal taxes will not be finalized until after the application deadline?

If they won’t be finalized by the March 3 application deadline, then upload the previous year tax document. You may be required to provide updated tax returns at a later time.

What if I, or my parents, do not file a tax return?

You’ll need to provide the Statement of Non-filing of a Federal Tax Return form in lieu of a tax document. The form can be found within the application and must be signed by you and your parents.

If awarded, you’ll be required to complete IRS Form 4506-T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return), and provide us with an IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter.

Awardees that fail to provide the official confirmation, or provide false statements, risk forfeiting their scholarship award.

Military Service Documentation

What military document do I need from my parent for the application?

If your parent is no longer serving in the Marine Corps or Navy:  DD214 (Member-4) form.

If your parent is currently on active duty or is a drilling reservist:  Statement of Service (dated within 90 days of March 3, 2015).

If your parent was killed in action, killed in service, or killed in training: Report of Casualty DD Form 1300

What is a DD214 (Member-4 version) form?

This document is provided to your parent upon discharge from the military and should be used if your parent is no longer serving in the Marine Corps or Navy.

The Character of Service on the DD214 must read: HONORABLE. No other character of service is accepted for our application. Read the next question to find where this information can be found on your parent’s form.

The following documents will NOT be accepted in lieu of the DD214 Member-4: Honorable Discharge Certificate, Certificate of Release or Discharge,  DD214 Member-1 forms (or short forms), DD214s that don’t indicate “Character of Service,” letters from Veterans’ Affairs, disability documents, duty orders, or military IDs.

Where can I find the “Character of Service” on the DD214 (Member-4 version)?

You can find the character of service on your parent’s DD214 using the table below.  The form number/date appears in the bottom left corner of the DD214.

DD Form 214, Aug 2009: Box 24
DD Form 214, Feb 2000: Box 24
DD Form 214, Nov 88: Box 24
DD Form 214, 1 Jul 79: Box 24
DD Form 214, 1 Nov 72: Box 9e
DD Form 214 MC (1900), 1 Jul 66: Box 13a
DD Form 214, 1 Nov 55: Box 13a

Some DD214s don’t show the character of service on the form. That doesn’t mean your parent didn’t serve honorably—it just means they don’t have the final version! Your parent will need to obtain a final version online at: www.archives.gov/veterans.

What if I don’t have my parent’s DD214 (Member-4 version), or proof of their honorable service?

Your parent will need to obtain their military record online at www.archives.gov/veterans.  These generally get turned around quickly, but it can take up to several months to obtain this information, so plan accordingly.

My parent is currently on active duty or is a drilling reservist. What kind of service proof do you require?

If your parent is still on Active Duty or a drilling Reservist you’ll need to submit their Statement of Service.  The Statement of Service must be on official letterhead and signed by the Adjutant, Personnel Officer, Executive Officer, or Commanding Officer of the unit and dated within 90 days of March 3, 2015.

The following documents will NOT be accepted in lieu of the Statement of Service: duty orders, military IDs, Honorable Discharge Certificate, Certificate of Release or Discharge, DD214 forms, letters from Veterans Affairs, or disability documents.

My parent was killed in action, killed in service, or killed in training. What service document do you require?

If your military parent was killed in action, killed in service, or killed in training you’ll need to provide the Report of Casualty DD Form 1300.  Have more questions about this? Contact us!

My parent is wounded, ill, or injured. What service document do you require?

Depending on your military parent’s service status (discharged, active duty, or drilling reservist) you’ll need to provide the appropriate service document as indicated above.

If your parent has been placed on the Marine Corps Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL), then you’ll need to also provide a copy of the letter from the Commandant of the Marine Corps assigning your parent to PDRL.

There is no need to provide us with documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Have more questions about this? Contact us!

Photograph

Why do I have to include a photograph of myself in the application?

We use photos of our awardees for various publications and donor relations.  Your photo isn’t used to determine eligibility, but is important for donor and investor relations.

What are the requirements for the photograph I need to include in my application?

All photos must meet the following requirements:

  • High resolution
  • A clear, recent face shot
  • Suitable for various publications and donor/investor relations to include: our website, newsletters, donor communications, and/or event materials.

Examples:

  • Senior portraits
  • Photos taken on campus with college apparel
  • Photos taken when wearing business or formal attire

DO NOT SUBMIT:

  • Selfies
  • Photos that are inappropriate or provocative
  • Have distracting elements in the background
  • Photos that have other people in them
  • Poor quality, grainy, or highly pixelated photos

I’ve been awarded… now what?

I’ve been awarded a scholarship! …now what?

Congratulations!  Your next step is to login to your MyMCSF account and complete your post-award steps.  Remember, we won’t send your scholarship to your school until you’ve completed all your post-award steps.

I’ve completed all my post-award steps! …now what?

After completing all post-award steps, login to your MyMCSF page to track the progress of your scholarship.  You can also find more information about when and how your scholarship will be paid after logging in.

I'm not attending the school I indicated on my application. What should I do?

No need to update us on your change of plans—just be sure to indicate the correct school on your Expenses and Aid form.  The amount you were awarded was not based on your choice of school. If you change your school, it will not result in a decrease or increase in your scholarship award.

I'm transferring schools in the spring semester. How can I make sure the remaining balance of my award is sent to my new school?

You’ll find a transfer student checklist on your MyMCSF page.

If you didn’t attend school during the fall semester, and you’ll attend a new school in the spring semester, then you only need to provide the Student Expenses and Aid form for the school you’ll be attending.

If I attend summer classes, can my scholarship be applied to those expenses?

Yes. Communicate this with your school early in the academic year, so your award can be distributed to include the summer semester.

I have funds leftover from my scholarship. Can I use them for the next academic year?

No. Your scholarship is only for use in the academic year for which it was awarded. If your scholarship is paid partially, or in full, it will count as one of the four paid awards allowed for each recipient. Any unused portion of your scholarship must be returned to us at the end of the academic year.