DLA Foundation Scholarship FAQs

DLA Foundation Scholarship FAQs

  1. What is the DLA Foundation?
The DLA Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization whose members include civilian and military employees and retirees who have served with DLA. The DLA Foundation is dedicated to being a “force for good” by bestowing scholarships and conferring other benefits to former and current DLA employees
  1. Is the DLA Foundation a nonprofit organization?
Yes, the DLA Foundation is registered by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  1. What is the purpose and intent of the DLA Foundation Scholarship Program?
The purpose of the DLA Foundation Scholarship Program is to defray the cost of post high school education for students with high-potential and financial need. Scholarships are competitively awarded and can be used for at accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as trade and technical schools that require a high school diploma or equivalent.
  1. Is there only one kind of DLA Foundation Scholarship?

The scholarships for close family members are the primary DLA Foundation scholarships. There are three other scholarships, which are:

  1. Through the generosity of MG (Ret.) Charles R. Henry, USA, who served 6 tours in DLA, the DLA Foundation has a scholarship that is focused on military members and their families. Please see the separate FAQs on the MG Henry scholarship for eligibility and application information.
  2. Through the generosity of an anonymous Friend of the DLA Foundation, the Foundation has a scholarship that is focused on students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors. The scholarship is in honor of Mr. Frank Lotts, a former DLA SES, who was a mentor and inspiration to the entire DLA community.
  3. The DLA Foundation will provide scholarships to children of DLA military and civilian employees killed on duty. The scholarships are provided without applications.
  1. Who can apply for a DLA Foundation Scholarship?
Close family members of current or former civilian or military DLA employees can apply for scholarships. Close family member is defined as a child, step-child, grandchild, niece, or nephew.
  1. How many scholarships will the DLA Foundation award?
The DLA Foundation will award multiple scholarships each year. Decisions on the scholarship amount and the number of scholarships are made by the Board of Directors. The Board’s decisions consider what best meets educational objectives, without jeopardizing the Foundation’s financial stability. The goal is to award up to 75% of the money available each year in scholarships. All DLA Foundation scholarships are for the same amount.
  1. What are the basic qualifications to apply?
Applicants must be a high school graduate, a high school senior who will graduate upon completion of his or her senior year, or a college student who has completed at least a semester of undergraduate school or trade/technical school. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Proof of acceptance into an accredited college or trade/technical school as a full-time student (12 semester hours or equivalent).
  1. Does the Scholarship cover multiple years of study?
No, all scholarships are for a single year of study. Eligible applicants may re-apply for successive scholarships on an annual basis, contingent upon the sustainment of at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, and no adverse disciplinary or academic probation.
  1. Are DLA Foundation Scholarships renewable?
No. See answer to question 6.
  1. What if I receive another scholarship?
A scholarship award from another source, such as a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship, does not necessarily disqualify an applicant from receiving a DLA Foundation Scholarship. However, acceptance of scholarship aid from other sources that constitutes a "full scholarship" -- all tuition, room, board, and fees -- will eliminate the applicant from consideration. Service Academy appointees are considered to have full scholarships and cannot apply for a DLA Foundation Scholarship.
  1. What is the DLA Foundation scholarship selection process?
A call for applications will be issued annually with instructions on how to apply, due dates, and other pertinent information. Selection criteria will be established and approved by the Board of Directors in advance of the application period. A selection committee will be named and will sort through the applications, rank and rate the applicants and select the winners in accordance with the established selection criteria. The program is competitive; not all applicants will be selected as recipients.
  1. How do I apply for a DLA Foundation Scholarship?
Applicants must complete the DLA Foundation Scholarship Application Form and provide the documents required as attachments. Only completed applications received by the published deadline will be considered. Failure to provide all required information is grounds for rejection. Applications are submitted online to https://dlafoundation.awardspring.com
  1. When are applications due for the DLA Foundation Scholarship program?
The DLA Foundation will publish the application deadline and the schedule for evaluations and award announcements each year at www.dlafoundation.org. Generally, applications will announced in the first quarter of the calendar year, and awards will be announced in the second quarter. 
  1. What are the Selection Criteria?

Applicants are evaluated on merit and financial need. The criteria are:

  1. Scholastic achievement (Grade point average, class rank, standardized test scores)

  2. Financial need (Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR))

  3. Notable achievement (Leadership and participation in school, community, athletic or other organizations)

  4. Personal essay

The relative importance of each factor is assigned a weight to provide additional objectivity in the selection process. Weighting is recommended by the Scholarship Program Committee and approved or adjusted annually by the DLA Foundation Board of Directors.

The DLA Foundation Scholarship Program Selection Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, or religious preference.


  1. How will the Scholarship funds be distributed?
Funds will be provided directly to the educational institution.
  1. Will the DLA Foundation keep records of award recipients?
Yes, the DLA Foundation Scholarship Committee will maintain case histories on scholarship awards. 
  1. How is my personal information protected?
All involved in the evaluation process sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). The application website is a secure site. Applicant information resides on the website and is not shared via email.
  1. How does the DLA Foundation address possible Conflicts of Interest?
Evaluators do not know the name of the person whose applications they are evaluating. Before applications are sent for review by evaluators, the Administrator removes the name and identifying information of the application. If evaluators believe they recognize an applicant through other information, they will notify the Administrator and the Administrator will reassign the evaluation to another evaluation. The Administrator does not perform evaluations.

The Board of Directors is not involved in any aspect of the evaluation process. They do not know the awardees until the selections have been made.