COMMISSARY FAST FACTS – ISSUE 123 – January 2012 

1/3/2012 

2012 Scholarships for Military Children applications available

Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program are now available at commissaries worldwide as well as online through a link on http://www.commissaries.com and directly at http://www.militaryscholar.org. The program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary. Scholarships are funded by donations from commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must have a current military ID card and be an unmarried child – no older than 21, or 23 if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.  Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24, 2012.

Commissary Commando winners announced

The Fort Knox, Ky., Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program won the grand prize of $1,500 in the 2011 Commissary Commando Competition, the Defense Commissary Agency announced. The group’s winning video submission was posted to DeCA’s YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2TMIVyMcJc along with a complete list of prize winners on Nov. 30. Other winners in this year’s competition were: First Prize – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., $1,000; Second Prize – Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, $750; Third Prize – U.S. Army Garrison Camp Zama, Japan, $500; Fourth Prize – Fort Sill, Okla., $250; and Honorable Mention – Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., $150. In September, commissaries worldwide opened their doors to single service members for Commando events, offering groups opportunities to learn more about their commissary benefit while competing for cash prizes from DeCA’s industry partners. Groups brought single service members in for commissary tours, completed trivia quizzes, reached out to their peers through social media and even created their own videos to explain the benefits customers are missing if they don’t shop their commissary. The American Logistics Association’s Consumer Awareness Team, a group of DeCA’s industry partners, sponsors the contest and awards the prize money to the winning groups. They also give a $100 incentive check for the first group at each installation to submit a completed tour roster.

Commissary Gift Cards extend the gift of groceries

Unveiled this summer, the Commissary Gift Card comes in denominations of $25 and $50. Anyone can purchase a card through the DeCA website, http://www.commissaries.com, or in a commissary. However, only authorized commissary customers can use it in a commissary. The gift cards can be used for in-store purchases, as long as they have a balance. They cannot be redeemed for cash, and there is no monetary change for unused portions of the card. However, customers can always use gift cards with other forms of payment at the register. The gift cards also can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Outside the United States, gift cards can be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses.