Guidelines

  • Applications will be accepted May 01 – July 31.
  • All spouses must be currently enrolled in community college, college, or a university course accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, or enrolled in a certificate, licensure, or technical program.
  • Scholarship awardees must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to remain eligible.
  • Scholarship awards are up to $5,000 per academic year ($20,000 lifetime award per applicant). Funds are awarded per payment term (fall, spring, or summer), not to exceed half per term. If, after completing the check in for each payment term, it is determined that the awardee has an unmet need of less than half of the awarded scholarship, the Think GREAT Foundation will only disburse the actual unmet need as shown on the statement of account and will retain the remaining balance.
  • Applicants must reapply each year if interested in receiving funds from the Think GREAT Foundation.
  • Maximum awards = 4 academic years.
  • All applicant information, including application, essays, and supporting documents must be submitted via the Think GREAT Foundation website: www.ThinkGreatFoundation.org/scholarships.
  • Documentation is not accepted via USPS, fax, or over the phone.
  • Offer or denial notifications will be sent on or before September 01.
  • All funds are sent to the educational institution. No funds are sent or released to an individual.
  • The applications will be reviewed, and recipients selected by the Think GREAT Foundation Board.
  • A formal invitation will be sent to attend the Homefront Heroes Luncheon.
  • Please submit any questions to: scholarships@thinkgreatfoundation.org

Steps to Apply for a Think GREAT Foundation Scholarship

  • Review the Scholarship FAQ page.
  • Review the Scholarship Program and Guidelines document.
  • Review the Scholarship Checklist and obtain all the required documentation.
  • Complete the Scholarship Application at www.ThinkGreatFoundation.org/scholarships.
  • Submit completed application, including essays, and supporting documentation.
  • Receive confirmation of completed application via e-mail.
  • Receive status of application via e-mail – you will be notified of any additional information required.
  • E-mail any questions to scholarships@thinkgreatfoundation.org

Helpful Scholarship Tip: Make sure you visit your school’s academic advisor or military liaison. There are many tuition assistance programs for military families.

Required Documentation

Please email the following documentation to: scholarships@thinkgreatfoundation.org

  • Proof of Dependency - Dependent Military ID - Must include BOTH sides and list the service member
  • Proof of Service - DD214
  • Proof of Service (Deceased) - DD1300
  • Proof of Marriage - Marriage Certificate

FAQ General Scholarship Questions

  • I’m interested in a scholarship. How do I apply? Who can apply? What do I need to apply? 
    All scholarship information can be found at www.ThinkGreatFoundation.org

  • The Think GREAT Foundation scholarship is based on unmet need. What is an “unmet need”?
    “Unmet need” as defined by Think GREAT Foundation, is the portion of your tuition, fees, on-campus dormitory housing (Higher Ed), on-campus meal plans (Higher Ed) and required textbooks for the term that are not covered by other sources of awards or financial aid.

  • Do I have to maintain a certain grade point average to qualify for the Higher Education scholarship?
    Think GREAT Foundation scholarship requirements dictate that a 3.0 grade point average for each term is required. If the term GPA falls below 3.0, you will be put on academic probation with TGF. You will still be awarded the second half of the scholarship, provided you complete the requirements for the checkin process. However, you will need to provide us with another transcript at the end the next term to show that your GPA has improved to 3.0 or better to be eligible to be considered for the current academic year. Please be looking for an email from TGF with more details. If you have a 3.0 GPA or below for two consecutive terms, your scholarship will be revoked, and you will not be eligible to reapply with TGF until you can maintain a 3.0 GPA for two consecutive terms.

  • Are there expenses not allowed under the Higher Education scholarship?
    The Think GREAT Foundation scholarship cannot be used for the following: off-campus housing (any housing NOT billed through the bursar), Greek housing or fees, computers (accessories), special field (nursing, teaching) exams, student insurance (usually over $1000), previous semester (year) charges, parking/transportation passes, sports tickets, credits/bucks to the bookstore/campus, application fees, etc.

  • Can my Higher Education Scholarship be used all in one semester?
    The Think GREAT Foundation Scholarship Guidelines require that the payment be up to half of the total amount of the scholarship per term. The funds cannot be paid in one lump sum. The Think GREAT Foundation offers three payment windows to utilize the scholarship funds. Payment windows are July – August (fall), December – January (spring), April – May (summer).

  • How do I know if my school or tutoring service will be approved for payment? The institution selected by the recipient/guardian must be accredited. Our board vetting team will determine eligibility according to IRS guidelines that we must adhere to. We do not have a ‘list’ of approved vendors and we do not do any ‘off cycle’ vetting of institutions. We encourage you to apply when our application window is open.
  • I’m attending college and ready to use my Future Use Scholarship. What do I do? 
    If you have a Future Use Scholarship that has not been used, please complete a Higher Education Scholarship application.

Application Questions

  • I’m now planning on attending a different school than I originally listed in the application. How do I make changes? 
    If a scholarship award is offered, you will be sent a “Scholarship Acceptance”
    invitation email that will have further instructions on how to complete a check-in section and update this information. At that time, you will change the name and address of your school, by marking “YES, I HAVE CHANGED SCHOOLS”. The fall term statement of account fall term financial aid statement and fall class schedule should all come from the new institution (school) you will attend and will need to be uploaded into the check-in section by you.

  • When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?
    All scholarship offers (and denials) will be sent NLT July 31 of the application year.
    Please check the email address that the account was registered under for an email from scholarships@thinkgreatfoundation.org.

Application Form

APPLICANT InformationFor Think GREAT Foundation Purposes, the STUDENT (MILITARY SPOUSE) is the APPLICANT.
  • Annual Household Income (select one)
Higher Educational InformationPlease list the university, college, community college, or technical/certificate program.
Service Member InformationComplete with the information about the service member (SM) you are/were married to.
Essay Questions
  • Complete with the answers that pertain to the spouse and service member in the application. Please share as much as you are comfortable sharing. These types of answers are extremely helpful when special opportunities become available.
Survey QuestionsAnswer questions based on the military spouse (applicant).
  • I am interested in attending special events on behalf/in honor of the TGF?
Required Documentation
Statement of Accuracy
  • Read each of the statements in this section carefully. If you have questions, please review the information on this page or email the scholarships department at scholarships@thinkgreatfoundation.org for clarification BEFORE submitting the application.
Finalize
  • By submitting this application:
Validation

Reminder: Applications must be received no later than July 31.

Thank You: For all the sacrifices you have made. We appreciate you more than you will ever know and wish you all the best as you pursue your education goals.

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