National Guard Association of California (NGAC)
Purpose: The NGAC Scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance on a merit-based, competitive basis to members of NGAC and their qualified dependents to assist in meeting the costs of higher education and vocational-technical training.
Awards: Scholarship awards will range from $250 to $1000 per applicant and will be paid directly to the award recipient. Successful awardees may apply for subsequent scholarships if not less than one-year apart and for a significantly different program of study. For purposes of this paragraph, a significantly different program of study will be considered as changing between the following three categories: a non-degree program, an undergraduate degree granting-program, or a graduate degree-granting program. However, no individual may receive a total of more than $1,000 in NGAC scholarship awards during their lifetime.
- Members of NGAC in good standing at the time of application and receipt of award are eligible.
- Qualified dependents of NGAC members in good standing at the time of application and receipt of award are eligible.
- Qualified dependents of Retired California National Guard service members where the sponsor is a life member of the NGAC.
- Scholarships may be awarded for attendance only in Education and Training Programs that are approved for GI Bill study as listed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (See: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resources/find_a_School.html)
- Applicants may already be enrolled in a university or other qualified program or may be planning to enroll. Applicants currently in high school must be in their senior year.
- Recommendations for scholarship awards will be made by the NGAC Scholarship Committee, which will submit a list of awardees and amounts to the NGAC President for approval or disapproval in its entirety. The President will ensure that: funds awarded for scholarships do not exceed those set aside for that purpose and validate that the process was conducted in accordance with this SOP. The President will not make decisions regarding the merit of individual applicants.
- The President shall appoint in writing the Chairperson and a Scholarship Committee consisting of not less than three persons, plus the NGAC Executive Director who will be a permanent member. All members of the Scholarship Committee must be members of NGAC in good standing while serving on the committee. The chair and members of the Scholarship Committee serve at the pleasure of the NGAC President and may be removed with or without cause at any time.
- The Scholarship Committee will meet not less than one time per year to consider applications and make recommendations to the NGAC President. The NGAC President may direct the Scholarship Committee to meet more frequently depending on the availability of funds.
- The Scholarship Committee will normally meet in June of each year with an application deadline of 19 May. If additional selection cycles are held, the deadline for applications will be posted on the NGAC website and announced by other means as determined appropriate by the Executive Director at least thirty days prior to the deadline. Applications will be accepted prior to the announcement on a rolling basis and submitted for consideration by the next scheduled session of the Scholarship Committee. Applications received after the deadline will be rolled into the next decision cycle.
- As applications are received, the NGAC Executive Director will:
- Ensure the application package is complete, per the requirements in Annex A of this SOP. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant. The deadline will not be extended for incomplete applications but they may be re-submitted if time is available.
- In the case of NGAC member applicants, review the rolls to confirm the applicant is an NGAC member in good standing.
- In the case of dependent applications, the NGAC Executive Director will review the rolls to confirm the sponsor is an NGAC member in good standing and confirm documentation that the applicant is a qualified dependent as evidenced by a copy of a DoD dependent ID card (DD Form 1173 or DD Form 1173-1), birth certificate, marriage certificate, or California Secretary of State certificate of domestic partnership.
- Applications that meet the above criteria will be transmitted to the Scholarship Committee at or prior to the beginning of its meeting to make award recommendations.
- Application packages that have been validated by the Executive Director as eligible will be assessed by the Scholarship Committee in accordance with Annex B to this SOP to determine an order of merit. The Scholarship Committee may decide upon awardees and amounts by consensus or if there is disagreement, the Executive Director will chair a vote. In case of a tie, the Executive Director will be authorized two votes to break the tie.
- Begin the application process EARLY to minimize possibility of submitting an incorrect/incomplete application or to avoid missing the submission deadline
- Write neatly, or type, all required information on appropriate applicant information forms, including sponsor information. Write applicant’s complete name at the very top of ALL pages submitted. Only neat, legible completed application packages will be accepted for consideration.
- The Application form is available for download via the NGAC Webpage at www.ngac.org.
- Submit the complete application package, postmarked on or prior to the deadline date, to:
National Guard Association of California (NGAC)
3336 Bradshaw Road, Ste 230
Sacramento, CA 95827-2615