Scholarships available for spouses Published Dec. 16, 2009 By Maj. Belinda Petersen National Military Family Association RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- National Military Family Association officials are accepting scholarship applications from military spouses, and the deadline is Jan. 31. The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship program awards up to $1,000 to military spouses to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school. The program consists of a general scholarship, a scholarship for spouses of the wounded, and a scholarship for spouses of the fallen. "The National Military Family Association recognizes that unique challenges like frequent moves and deployments can interfere with military spouses' ability to complete their education. In order to help spouses reach their career and educational goals, we offer scholarship opportunities, as well as a web portal stocked with military spouse education resources and information," said Joyce Raezer, the executive director of the National Military Family Association. Applications will only be accepted online at http://www.militaryfamily.org/scholarships. Spouses of uniformed service members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and survivors) of any branch or rank are eligible to apply. The scholarship funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees, and school room and board. Award notifications will be made in March and scholarship checks will be mailed by June. If selected for a scholarship award, applicants must be able to enroll in a school or vocational program and show proof of eligibility by April 1. For more details about this scholarship program, including how to apply, visit http://www.militaryfamily.org/our-programs/military-spouse-scholarships/scholarship-instructions.html.