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Merit Awards

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RSAMCC 2024 Merit Award Winners

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Gabriel Joly

Virginia Tech

$2,500 RSAMCC Merit Award

RSAMCC 2024 Awards Night Photos

2025 Merit Award Application will open in December

The Redstone Arsenal Military and Civilians’ Club (RSAMCC) will be awarding educational merit awards in 2024 to eligible students whose parent is a member in good standing with RSAMCC and/or a child or grandchild of an HCMOAA member, JROTC cadets who are seniors, or a dependent spouse of an Armed Forces Service Member who is assigned to Redstone Arsenal.  RSAMCC Merit Awards are educational scholarships for eligible students to include rising college freshman, current undergraduate and graduate college students for the fall semester of the 2024 academic year.

THE RSAMCC IS A 501(c) 4 PRIVATE ORGANIZATION NOT AFFILIATED WITH REDSTONE ARSENAL OR THE US ARMY.
 

There are two types of scholarships to apply for this year. Make sure to read the eligibility requirements in the form carefully.  Select which award you are applying for (if you qualify you can select both)

 

1. RSAMCC Merit Award – For members of RSAMCC and their dependents.

 

2. Military Community Scholarship 2024 – Please read eligibility requirements in the form. Applicants do NOT need to be a member of the RSAMCC Club to be eligible.

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  February 19, 2024:  All applications must be received through the below RSAMCC online application form before 9pm (CT), February 19th, 2024. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Award recipients will be notified during the month of April.  The awards ceremony will be held on 14 May, 5:30 p.m. at The Summit at Redstone Arsenal. Details will be sent via email to award recipients at time of notification of their award. Award amounts will be announced at the ceremony, as well as a letter after the ceremony. 

If you have any questions please email rsamccmeritawards@gmail.com.

23-24 RSAMCC
Merit Application
Checklist

We are glad you have chosen to apply for the
RSAMCC Merit Award scholarship. Please
ensure the following items are attached and
submitted with your application:

Headshot

Unofficial transcript indicating current
GPA

Completed application

Parent signature for photo release (if under age 18)

Please note eligibility and requirements for the 2024-25 Application may differ from previous applications. Check back in December for updated information

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  1. Merit Awards eligibility is open to the following:  graduating high school seniors of the Class of 2024 who plan to continue their education, currently enrolled full-time college students, and military spouses enrolled in college (full- or part-time).  If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, your application will NOT be considered.  Additional proof may be required on a case by case basis.

  2. Eligibility Requirement categories: 

Category 1 - RSAMCC Merit Awards
The Applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  1. Sponsor must be a member of RSAMCC in good standing by December 12, 2023.

  2. Applicant must not be in receipt of a full scholarship (pays tuition, room or board) or full post 9/11 GI Bill for the upcoming school year to include appointment to military academies for all service branches.

  3. Be a graduating high school senior attending a high school within a 50-mile radius of Redstone Arsenal (with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale).

  4. Plan to pursue an Associate's, Bachelor's, or higher-level degree from an accredited college or university for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  5. Satisfy all limitations, conditions, and restrictions set forth in the "Limitations and Conditions" section of the application.

Category 2 - Huntsville Chapter Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
The applicant must meet one of the criteria for 1-3 and criteria 4:

  1. Be a child or grandchild of an HCMOAA member

  2. Be a legal dependent spouse or child of an Armed Forces member who is:                                         -Active Duty and assigned to a Redstone Arsenal unit and resides within a 50-mile radius of Redstone Arsenal at the time this application is submitted, OR                                                                        -A Reserve Member and assigned to a Redstone Arsenal unit and resides within a 50-mile radius of      Redstone Arsenal, OR                                                                                                                  -A National Guard Member and assigned to a Redstone Arsenal unit and resides within a 50-mile        radius of Redstone Arsenal, OR                                                                                                    -A retired military member residing within a 50-mile radius of Redstone Arsenal

  3. Participate in a local JROTC program within a 50-mile radius of Redstone Arsenal

  4. Plan to pursue an Associate's, Bachelor's, or higher-level degree from an accredited college or university for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Individuals currently enrolled in a program must possess at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.        

  5. Satisfy all limitations, conditions, and restrictions set forth in the "Limitations and Conditions" section of the application.

Limitations & Conditions
Restrictions- Applies to ALL Eligibility Categories

  1. An Applicant must NOT be a previous awardee of a RSAMCC scholarship.

  2. RSAMCC reserves the right to determine eligibility and to increase, decrease or withdraw any or all awards.

  3. Applicants who accept a full four-year tuition/room & board scholarship, a full four-year grant, or an appointment to a military academy will NOT be eligible to receive any RSAMCC scholarship monies.  Additionally, any student who receives from a family member a Post 9/11 GI Bill disbursement that covers the entire cost of the yearly tuition/room & board, will NOT be eligible to receive RSAMCC Merit Awards Scholarship monies.

  4. Recipients must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in their accredited college or university for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  5. The number of scholarships awarded and the dollar amount of each scholarship are determined by the success of fundraising endeavors of the RSAMCC and HCMOAA.

  6. Scholarships presented at the annual RSAMCC Merit Awards banquet must be deposited into the student's school account to be used for the costs of tuition, room and board for the 2024 Fall Semester.

Proof of Eligibility Requirements

If you are notified that you are an award finalist, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility.  

A copy of unofficial transcript is required upon submission of application.

Important Dates

December 1, 2023 - RSAMCC 2024 Merit Awards Applications available online

December 12th, 2023 (before midnight) – Full Year 2023-24 RSAMCC Membership Application Deadline (with dues paid)

February 19, 2024 (before 9pm(CT)) – Completed RSAMCC Merit Award Application Packet Deadline

May 1, 2024 – All applicants will be notified and award recipients will be required to present further eligibility documentation if needed.

TUES, May 14, 2023, 5:30 p.m. - RSAMCC Merit Award Presentation at The Summit on Redstone Arsenal. Applicants are required to be in attendance to receive their award.  Any exceptions must be approved by the RSAMCC Merit Award Committee Chair with approval from the RSAMCC Board.
 

RSAMCC Merit Award Application Packet Checklist

Please refer to the checklist above to make sure you have all items to complete your application.

Photo Release

If applicant is selected for a RSAMCC Merit Award, the applicant’s photo will be published on RSAMCC’s website including RSAMCC social media, and used in future RSAMCC marketing/advertising.  Please see photo release statement in the application.

RSAMCC 2024 Merit Award Application

Redstone Arsenal Military & Civilians’ Club 2024 Merit Award Application: Please read the entire application before completing. Please direct any questions to rsamccmeritawards@gmail.com. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.  

Category of Consideration

Please submit your Unofficial Transcript either below by uploading the file or emailing it to rsamccmeritawards@gmail.com upon submission of your application. All required documents must be received by 9pm Feb. 19th. 

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If you are a current undergraduate college student- What year will you be entering in the Fall of 2024?

Limitations & Conditions

Restrictions- Applies to ALL Eligibility Categories

  1. An Applicant must NOT be a previous awardee of a RSAMCC scholarship.

  2. RSAMCC reserves the right to determine eligibility and to increase, decrease or withdraw any or all awards.

  3. Applicants who accept a full four-year tuition/room & board scholarship, a full four-year grant, or an appointment to a military academy will NOT be eligible to receive any RSAMCC scholarship monies.  Additionally, any student who receives from a family member a Post 9/11 GI Bill disbursement that covers the entire cost of the yearly tuition/room & board, will NOT be eligible to receive RSAMCC Merit Awards Scholarship monies.

  4. Recipients must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in their accredited college or university for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  5. The number of scholarships awarded and the dollar amount of each scholarship are determined by the success of fundraising endeavors of the RSAMCC and HCMOAA. 

  6. Scholarships presented at the annual RSAMCC Merit Awards banquet must be deposited into the student's school account to be used for the costs of tuition, room and board for the 2024 Fall Semester. 

  7. Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to RSAMCCmeritawards@gmail.com.  Application will be considered incomplete until all required documents are received.  They must be received by 9pm Feb. 19th. 

Category of Scholarship Eligibility:

Please read the following categories carefully and then select your category or categories that you are eligible for below:
Category 1 - RSAMCC Merit Awards
The Applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  1. Sponsor must be a member of RSAMCC in good standing by December 12, 2023. 

  2. Applicant must not be in receipt of a full scholarship (pays tuition, room or board) or full post 9/11 GI Bill for the upcoming school year to include appointment to military academies for all service branches.

  3. Be a graduating high school senior attending a high school within a 50-mile radius of Redstone Arsenal (with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale).

  4. Plan to pursue an Associate's, Bachelor's, or higher-level degree from an accredited college or university for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  5. Satisfy all limitations, conditions, and restrictions set forth in the "Limitations and Conditions" section of this notification.

Category 2 - Huntsville Chapter Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
The applicant must meet one of the criteria for 1-3 and criteria 4:

  1. Be a child or grandchild of an HCMOAA member

  2. Be a legal dependent spouse or child of an Armed Forces member who is:                                                                                         -Active Duty and assigned to a Redstone Arsenal unit and resides within a 50-mile radius of  Redstone Arsenal at the time this application is submitted, OR                                                                                                                                                                          -A Reserve Member and assigned to a Redstone Arsenal unit and resides within a 50-mile radius of Redstone Arsenal, OR        -A National Guard Member and assigned to a Redstone Arsenal unit and resides within a 50-mile radius of  Redstone Arsenal, OR                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -A retired military member residing within a 50-mile radius of Redstone Arsenal

  3.  Participate in a local JROTC program within a 50-mile radius of Redstone Arsenal

  4. Plan to pursue an Associate's, Bachelor's, or higher-level degree from an accredited college or university for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Individuals currently enrolled in a program must possess at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.  

  5.  ​Satisfy all limitations, conditions, and restrictions set forth in the "Limitations and Conditions" section of this notification. 

Indicate which category you are eligible for (may select more than one if it apples-see above eligibility requirements):
Are you or your RSAMCC scholarship sponsor a current member in good standing of the Redstone Arsenal Military & Civilians' Club (RSAMCC) having joined between June 1, 2023 and December 12th, 2023? Note: A current member in good standing is a member who has met RSAMCC eligibility requirements, completed a 2023-2024 Membership Application and has paid their 2023-2024 annual dues.
If yes, is the member yourself or your scholarship sponsor?
What month did the member join or renew with the RSAMCC this year?
Do you have a current HCMOAA member sponsoring you for the HCMOAA scholarship?
Are you a JROTC cadet?
Are you a spouse or child of an Armed Forces Member (see category eligibility above)?

Short Answer Essay (no more than 500 words)


 

Content Guidelines
1) Write in first person.  Use your own voice and highlight what is unique about yourself.  The reviewers are looking for evidence of your authentic voice in your responses.

2) Write in a clear and concise manner.  The reviewer must be able to understand what your main idea is and follow it from beginning to end.  

3) Answer the entire question.  Pay close attention to what is being asked and make sure that it is clear to the reviewer that you have answered the question.

4) Include specific details, examples, and reasons to fully develop your ideas.

5) Important:  Refer to the purposes of the RSAMCC in answering each of the questions:
-Provide educational, cultural, and recreational activities
-Foster and preserve the ideals of good fellowship
-Promote social welfare and support community activities
-Support military and Gold Star Families, to include those of deployed military personnel, and government civilians

 

ESSAY QUESTION

Describe a meaningful life experience that you have had and how you think it will impact your future self.

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Please provide a current headshot photograph of yourself to be used if selected for social media purposes and in our awards ceremony program and print.  Upload now or email within 48 hours of form submission to rsamccmeritawards@gmail.com

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I give my pemission for my image or likeness to be used in RSAMCC digital or print media

Accountability Statement

 I have thoroughly read the application instructions, understand, and meet all of the stated eligibility requirements.  I agree to abide by the decision of the Merit Awards Committee and in no way shall challenge/question its selection of winners.  

If I receive a RSAMCC 2024
 Merit Award, I understand and will abide by, the following criteria:
•   The RSAMCC Merit Award may only be used for tuition, room and board.
•   I must enroll in the school of my choice and use the 2024 RSAMCC Merit Award for tuition in the fall of 2024.
•    A check in the amount of the full award will be written to and sent directly to the school.
•   I will return/forfeit the RSAMCC Merit Award if one of the following occurs:  1) I am awarded a fully-funded scholarship (this includes the VA GI Bill), or 2) I fail to utilize the RSAMCC Merit Award before December 31, 2024.  
•   If you change schools prior to the start of the first semester, you must inform the RSAMCC (at  rsamccmeritawards@gmail.com) of the name and contact information of the new school to which you want the scholarship to be sent.  

Do you attest that your application is accurate and that your written essay answer is entirely of your own effort?

Signature

By typing your name in the signature blocks provided, you are attesting that all information contained within this application is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge.

Thanks for applying!

This form will not accept submissions after 9pm Feb. 19th

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