Bernard E. Dillon Vocational Skills Scholarship

  • Deadline: 03/01/2023
  • Renewable: Unknown
  • Number of Awards: 5
  • Award Amount: $1,000
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  • Phone: 800.424.2969
  • Fax: 518.324.5204
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  • Address: 5436 Peru St. #1 Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Five annual $1,000 scholarships for American high school seniors and undergraduate students attending vocational-technical study programs at an accredited vocational-technical school, college or university.

Full Description

The American Military Retirees Foundation (AMRF) was created to generate resources for funding initiatives of the American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) in providing educational opportunities for AMRA members and their families, as well as in supporting AMRA programs which provide assistance and education to their military members.

They offer five annual $1000 scholarships in honor of the AMRA Past National President, Bernard E. Dillon, who struggled to increase the amount of the scholarships. The competition is open for high school seniors or undergraduate students enrolled in or planning to attend a full-time two- or four-year vocational-technical program at an accredited school, college or university, and who are current members of AMRA, or members’ spouses, children or grandchildren.

The applicants are required to write an up to 750 words essay/motivational letter explaining why they think they deserve to be awarded the AMRA scholarship. The essays must be original and include a word count at the end. The selection of the winners will be based on the applicants’ educational achievements, community service, leadership abilities, character, and citizenship. The scholarship should be used for educational expenses (e.g. tuition fees, books).

The deadline for the application is March 1, 2023 and the scholarships will be paid between June 15, 2023 and April 30, 2024.

Who's eligible?

Applicants should be enrolled in an American high school (seniors), or pursue a vocational-technical undergraduate degree at an accredited college, school or university in the United States.

The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens.

How to Apply

The candidates must submit their application forms electronically (email/fax) by March 1, 2023 and include the following additional information/documentation:

  • Applicant’s full name and contact details
  • Sponsor’s name (a current member of AMRA)
  • Name, address and contract details of his/her future or current vocational-technical school, college or university
  • His/her essay/motivation letter of up to 750 words
  • Three recommendation letters from a teacher, a previous employer or a project leader

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