Wings Over America offers scholarships, application advice

Although many college scholarships are available to military dependents, few scholarship foundations reach out to military families like the Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation (WOASF).

In February, the executive director of Wings Over America will visit Naval Base Ventura County to discuss the Wings Over America Scholarship, but she will also include general information about a variety of military scholarships, as well as how to put your best foot forward when applying for them.

WOASF was established as Wings Over the Atlantic in 1987. Its mission is to provide college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of U.S. Navy service members in naval aviation, whether officer or enlisted, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic merit, community service and extracurricular activities.

Candidates who submit applications must be graduates or graduating seniors of an accredited high school or an equivalent home school or institution and must plan to attend an accredited academic institution during the 2013-14 school year. Candidates who are dependent children of a sponsor must plan to be enrolled in an accredited college as a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 credit hours per year in order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Candidates who are spouses of a sponsor must plan to be enrolled in an accredited college as a full-time or part-time student taking a minimum of nine credit hours per year in order to graduate with an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree.

Most awards are for one year. The scholarship currently averages $2,000, and WOASF awards more than 40 one-time scholarships and a few renewable scholarships each year. Since WOASF administers other aviation scholarships, one application may enable a student to apply for several scholarships.

WOASF requires students to prequalify for scholarship funds before submitting a scholarship application. The purpose of this pre-qualification screening is to establish eligibility based on both the applicant’s dependent status and the applicant’s sponsor’s service.

Prequalification forms are available on the WOASF website and are due no later than March 1 for the 2013-2014 school year. Once the pre-qualification form is submitted, the full application and supporting materials are due March 30. All the forms will be available again Oct. 1 for the 2014-15 school year.

The scholarship is not available to dependents of Coast Guard or Marine aviators. Scholarship checks will be mailed directly to the college or university. Dependent children can win an award four times — they need not be in consecutive years — and dependent spouses have no limitation on the number of awards they can win.

Even if a student does not qualify for this scholarship, it would still be beneficial to attend the scholarship brief. General information about a variety of military scholarships will be covered. Also, general information about applying for scholarships will be available.

When looking for funding sources for college, every little bit of information can help.

The final date and time for this scholarship brief has not yet been confirmed. Please contact the NBVC school liaison officer to be placed on an interest list so you can be contacted once the brief is scheduled.

For more information about WOASF, visit the website at www.wingsoveramerica.us.

— For additional college preparation and scholarship information, or for any K-12 education-related questions, please contact the NBVC school liaison officer at 805-989-5211 or email monica.james@navy.mil.

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