These merit-based scholarships are available to military dependents of active-duty, retired, or deceased military members living in the Monterey County area or military dependents of Naval Postgraduate School alumni living anywhere.

 The MBSC scholarships vary in amount and selection is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and essays. A scholarship is also available to a military dependent seeking a degree in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

 Scholarship Eligibility Criteria


1. Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria and be able to verify with documentation: 

·       Current MBSC member. 

·       Immediate family member of any MBSC member. (Immediate family member is defined as "spouse or child of military member"). 

·       Immediate family member of any active duty, retired or deceased military member in the Monterey Bay area, including NSA Monterey, NPS, POM/DLIFLC, FNMOC, etc. 

·       Dependents of NSA Monterey, NPS, POM, DLFIC, FNMOC, Coast Guard or any Alumni from a Military Post on the Monterey Peninsula- past or current- (including international military students). 

2.  The applicant must intend to pursue a degree or certification at any accredited post-secondary institution on either a full-time or a part- time basis. This includes, but is not limited to: associates, undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees; trades certifications; or continuing professional accreditation. The Board of Directors has final discretion on this issue.

3. Scholarship recipients have until 31 December of that year to provide proof of enrollment in college, on official school letterhead, and a point of contact in the Financial Aid office before the scholarship check is issued to the institution. 

4. If a recipient accepts appointment to a service academy, the scholarship will automatically be transferred to a qualified first alternate. If no alternate has been chosen monies will return to the scholarship fund. 

5. Applicants will be judged based on merit, academic promise, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, references, and an essay. The application form provided by MBSC must be used by all applicants. 

6. Applications received after the specified deadline will not be considered. 

Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, and national origin, rank of sponsor, sex, age, or financial need.

Scholarship Requirements:


  • In order to be considered for an award, your completed application package must fulfill all of the following scholarship requirements: Applicants must meet all of the scholarship eligibility criteria.
  • Applicant must submit a completed application package. Application packages must include ALL of following:
  • A completed MSSC Scholarship 2020 application.
  • A sealed official copy of the applicant’s most recent high school or college/university transcript.  Only originals or certified copies are acceptable.  If no transcripts are available, please complete personal statement of academic history.
  • If an applicant is attending a non-credited school the applicant must provide a GED score.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons outside your family.  Examples of acceptable sources for letters of recommendation include school faculty members, work supervisors, members of volunteer organizations, members of clergy, or members of the community who can attest to your character. Both letters of recommendation must be confidential, and be placed in sealed envelopes and signed across the seal by the writer of the letter.
  • Applicants must submit the typed application package to the MBSC Scholarship 2020 Committee by mail postmarked by April 5, 2020 to be for considered for an award.
  • If selected for an award, applicants must provide proof of military dependent status before scholarship monies will be issued to their institution. 

Instructions For Submitting the Scholarship Application


To be considered for an MBSC Scholarship award, all application packages must include the following components and comply with the stated instructions. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

  • The application must be typed  and held together with a clip, NOT stapled. Essays must be typed. 
  • All application packages must be submitted as hardcopies. Electronic versions will NOT be accepted.
  • Sign and date MBSC Scholarship 2020 application, thereby acknowledging all statements to be true and factual, that all work contained is your own, and that you are fully aware of all the rules and requirements of the application.
  • Include your transcripts or your personal statement of academic history.
  • Complete the essay section of the application (located in Section 5 of the MBSC Scholarship Application).
  • Include two (2) letters of recommendation, confidential, and sealed.  Both letters of recommendation must be written and placed in sealed envelopes and signed across the seal by the writer of the letter.
  • All application packages must be mailed to the address provided and submitted as a hardcopy.  Hand-delivered applications will NOT be accepted.  Applications should not be folded and must be postmarked by April 5 2020 Mail your completed application package to:

MBSC Scholarship 2020

c/o Scholarship Committee

PO Box 8306

Monterey CA 93943

Scholarship Selection Criteria and Awards

The following criteria will be used in judging application packages and selecting recipients for the 2020 MBSC Scholarship Awards:

  • Academic achievement including transcripts, test scores, etc.
  • School sponsored extra-curricular activities
  • Community involvement
  • Any additional achievements and/or recognition's
  • Military influence statement
  • Essay
  • Sealed letters of reference

After anonymous judging has taken place, scholarship recipients and non-recipients will be will be notified via e-mail. Scholarship recipients will be required to provide proof of military dependent status.

Scholarship recipients have until September 30, 2020 to provide proof of enrollment and point of contact in the financial aid office before the scholarship monies are issued to the institution.  If a recipient accepts appointment to a service academy, the scholarship will automatically be transferred to a qualified first alternate.  Monies will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s designated institution of higher learning to apply toward tuition, room and board, books, and other fees.

 2020 Application 

If you have any questions about the application process or eligibility criteria, please contact the scholarship chairperson at

    Thank you for your interest in MBSC scholarship opportunities. The application period for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 scholarship will open January 15, 2020.  If you have any questions please email



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