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Military Child of the Year Award

Awards to USA Military Dependents, Ages 13 to 18,
for Leadership, Volunteerism, and Character

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

12/04/17 11:59 PM CST


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Awards of $10,000 to USA youth military dependents, ages 13 to 18, to recognize exceptional volunteerism, scholarship, extracurricular involvement, and character in the face of a challenging military family life. In addition to the cash prize, awardees will also receive a laptop computer and other donated gifts and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for the April 18-April 20 gala award presentation, during which senior leaders of each branch of service will present the awards.

Awards are presented in the following categories: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard. The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge. In addition to the other prizes, the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation recipient will work with a Booz Allen Hamilton team to develop a plan to scale the award recipient’s project — drawing on technology and strategic thinking as a part of the corporation’s competitive Summer Games.

For reference, in 2017, the average Military Child of the Year Award Nominee:

- Has moved four times or more.
- Experienced at least one parent deploy for 29 months or more.
- Volunteered with service groups an average of 370 hours during the year.
- Maintained above average grades, often with honors.
- Excelled in sports, theatre and/or music.
- Held leadership positions in school and community groups.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176359

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$10,000 and additional gifts

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations may be made by parents, other family members, teachers, counselors, coaches, community officials, church leaders, neighbors, and others. Anyone may nominate a child for this award, so long as the child meets the following eligibility requirements:

- Child must be a legal military dependent. Status confirmed by Military ID or DEERS enrollment form.
- Child must be between the ages of 13 and 18, at the time of nomination.

If the Veteran is a "military retiree", the child is eligible to apply. A military retiree is any member or former member of the uniformed services who is entitled, under statute, to retired, retirement, or retainer pay on account of service as a member, or who receives military retired or retainer pay.

Pre-Application Information:

Online nominations are due December 4, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST.


About the Award:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply on the RFP URL below.

For questions, contact:

Emily Miller, Special Events Manager
(240) 403-7516

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