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Military Spouse Scholarship Program is Open to Gay and Lesbian Military Spouses




Samuel Toba, samuel@milpfc.org

Ariana Bostian‐Kentes, ariana@milpfc.org

Tel: 571-354-MPFC (6732)


Military Partners and Families Coalition Supports National Military Family Association’s Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program

(Washington, DC, January 16, 2013) Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) is pleased to support the National Military Family Association’s Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program, which is open to ALL military spouses. Eligible spouses must submit their applications online by January 31. Spouses married to a member of one of the seven Uniformed Services (active duty, retiree, National Guard, Reserve, and/or survivor) are eligible to apply. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you must provide a copy of your marriage license/certificate as well as a document showing your spouse’s military affiliation (a complete list of required documents can be found on the Association’s scholarship page under “What you need to know.”)

Joyce Wessel Raezer, Executive Director of the National Military Family Association, stated “We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of all military families and are proud to help military spouses afford their continued education. Our top priority for the program is to ensure that only military spouses receive aid and requiring an ID card for our scholarship in the past prevented ineligible spouses from taking financial support they were not qualified to receive. While our Association has been working on a remedy that would protect spouses in same-sex marriages in the same way, the solution has not come quick enough. As a result, we have made specific changes to our scholarship program’s verification process to stay true to our goal of helping military spouses contribute to their family’s financial security by getting meaningful employment.”

“We are thrilled to share this information” said Ariana Bostian-Kentes, President and co-founder of MPFC. “The National Military Family Association was one of our first coalition partners and we cannot say enough about how supportive and responsive to the LGBT military community they have been. We are proud to stand by them as an organization and we continue to move forward with confidence that we are on the path to providing equitable support and resources for all families who serve.”

Together, MPFC and the National Military Family Association are working to support ALL military families. MPFC applauds the Association for representing voices of military families, and for the organization’s leadership in advancing equality for all military families.

For questions about the scholarship, please email scholarships@militaryfamily.org.  To know more about military family issues, visit  www.militaryfamily.org.


Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC): is a private non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 2011 by a group of spouses and partners of active duty U.S. Armed forces service members station in the U.S. and overseas. MPFC provides support, resources, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military partners and their families. For more information, go to www.milpfc.org.


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