SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Scholarship Objective
To help deserving, academically successful students who are children or spouses of the heroes who serve or have served as Special Operations Professionals within the United States military who meet the Noble Argus Foundationís criteria for awarding scholarships both based on academic achievement in high school or college, and to overcome a financial need which would prevent or hinder them from attending institutions of higher education. Scholarships will be awarded to assist with payment of student costs, including, but not limited to tuition, institutional fees, books and other education-related costs, and living expenses.
Eligibility
Spouses and children of individuals who performed honorable service as Special Operations Professionals in a military or civilian billet under the listed units of USSOCOM and the Intelligence Community. In order to certify eligibility for a Noble Argus Foundation Scholarship, please consult www.socom.mil and www.dni.gov.
Criteria for Award
Current students who meet all the criteria below may apply for scholarships, to be evaluated by the Noble Argus Foundationís Board of Directors. There are limited funds for this scholarship during the fund-ed period and all cash grants will be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors. To be eligible, in addition to being a child or spouse of a current or former Special Operations Professional, a scholarship candidate must:

1. Be accepted for enrollment, or currently be enrolled at a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education that grants associateís, bachelorís or masterís degrees.

2. For high school student applicants, provide a letter of acceptance to the institution that the student plans to attend. For both high school and college applicants, provide: (a) documentation from the institutionís financial aid office that includes the estimated tuition and fees that the student will be required to pay in order to be enrolled for the subsequent academic year, including the amount of grants and loans offered by the institution; and (b) the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that the applicant submitted to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid.

3. Have a demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Noble Argus Foundation Board of Directors.

4. Have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 GPA scale) in their high school educational or college career (or the equivalent for students enrolled in institutions that use a different scale). Provide a transcript from the applicantís high school with at least three and half years of grades earned or from the current institution of higher education with the grades earned for all of the courses that the applicant enrolled in.

5. Demonstrate that he or she is the spouse or child of a Special Operations Professional.

6. Write a 300-word personal statement regarding the meaning of sacrifice within the applicantís life (in 12-point font, one-inch margins, in Microsoft Word or PDF format). Please provide specific experiences within the personal statement.

7. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from an employer, guidance counselor, instructor, or other third party.

8. Provide a resume, including any extracurricular activities and work experience.

9. Submit the completed application no later than May 1, 2014.

Process and Rules
Information regarding this scholarship is posted on the Noble Argus Foundation website: www.nobleargusfoundation.org. Any student meeting the above-listed criteria may apply. To be eligible, students must submit a full application including the required items listed above.

Students who apply and meet all of the requirements will be considered for this cash grant. Determinations of which students will receive the award will be based on a competitive review of all applications received by the deadline. Of those applications received, each will be reviewed for completeness and authenticity of all information provided. Of those viable applications, the award will be given to the students with the greatest financial need, academic credentials, and best personal statements. All viable applications will be reviewed by the Noble Argus Foundation.

Applicants will be notified via U.S. mail after the deadline date. Cash grants will be awarded for one academic year at a time. The cash grants are not automatically renewable; students who receive cash grants who seek to receive cash grants in subsequent academic years must re-apply annually to the Noble Argus Foundation.

The Noble Argus Foundation does not discriminate against or tolerate the harassment of any potential applicant or student for its scholarships on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.

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