Applicant Eligibility

Dependent Children/Step Children/Grandchildren/Great Grandchildren

  • Be dependent of a current member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force.
  • Be a high school senior or be currently enrolled as a student in a college or an accredited vocational or technical institute.
  • Be unmarried and under the age of 24 at the time of the application deadline, March 15.
  • Intend to or be enrolled as a full-time student working toward an Associate's or Baccalaureate degree at a two or four year accredited university or college, or be working toward vocational/technical certification at an accredited institute.
  • Scholars attending any Military Service Academy are NOT eligible for the Dolphin Scholarship. (ie. United States Naval Academy, Westpoint, or United States Coast Guard Academy).

Spouse Eligibility

  • Be the dependent spouse of a member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force.
  • Intend to or be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours per year in order to receive an Associate's or Baccalaureate degree at a two or four year accredited university, or college or be working toward vocational/technical certification at an accredited institute.

Restrictions on Eligibility

  • Former Dolphin Scholars who have received the maximum amount of scholarship funding ($14,000) are not eligible to apply for an additional Dolphin Scholarship or vocational/technical scholarship.
  • Members of the immediate family of any employee of the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation are not eligible to receive a Dolphin Scholarship.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Years of service need not be consecutive; however, qualifying years must have been served on ACTIVE DUTY.  Time served as a Naval Academy or NROTC midshipman, in Officer Candidate School,  in "Boot Camp", or as a member of the inactive or Selected Naval Reserve cannot be used to establish eligibility.

Time in service requirement may be waived by DSF if Sponsor qualified in submarines and was medically disqualified (but still eligible to wear the Submarine Warfare insignia), discharged or retired due to injury or illness which occurred in the line of duty.

There is no minimum period of service for children of qualified submariners who were killed in the line of duty while serving in the Submarine Force.

For questions concerning the eligibility of applicants or sponsors, please contact the Scholarship Administrator at: scholarship@dolphinscholarship.org

 

Dolphin Scholarships:

Dolphin Scholarship:

Children/Stepchildren, and Spouses (Sponsor must have served a minimum of 8 years total Submarine military service/10 years in assignments in support of the Submarine Force. e.g. Submarine groups or squadrons, training and maintenance facilities, Submarine Tenders etc.).

 

Laura W. Bush Scholarship:

Children/Stepchildren (Sponsor must have served aboard USS Texas (SSN 775) for a minimum of 2 years OR been a Plankowner (crew member on September 11, 2006) + a minimum of 8 years total submarine service).

 

Administered Scholarships:

 

USS Colorado (SSN 788) Scholarship:

Children/Stepchildren, Spouses, and Service Members (Sponsor or Service Member must have served aboard USS Colorado (SSN 788) for a minimum of 2 years).

(This scholarship is non-renewable and students must

re-apply annually).

 

USS Indiana (SSN 789) Diane Donald Scholarship:

Children/Stepchildren, Spouses, and Service Members (Sponsor or Service Member must have served aboard USS Indiana (SSN 789) for a minimum of 6 months).

(This scholarship is non-renewable and students must

re-apply annually).

 

USS Hampton (SSN 767) Scholarship :

Children/Stepchildren, Spouses, and Service Members (Sponsor or Service Member must have served aboard USS Hampton (SSN 767) for a minimum of 2 years).

(This scholarship is non-renewable and students must

re-apply annually).

 

USS Nautilus Scholarship:

Children/Stepchildren, Grandchildren, Great-Grand Children, Spouses, and Service Members (Sponsor or Service Member must have served aboard USS Nautilus (SSN 571), USS Nautilus (SS 168), or Historical Ship Nautilus for a minimum of 30 days).

(This scholarship is non-renewable and students must

re-apply annually).

 

All scholarship applicants must be pursuing their first four-year undergraduate degree. They may have previously completed an Associates degree and continuing on to complete a Bachelors degree.

 

Scholarship applications for *New* applicants for the 2022-2023 school year are open Oct 1, 2021 - March 15, 2022

New applicants may visit this link to apply: https://subforcescholarships.smapply.io/

ONLY the scholarship recipients for the Dolphin Scholarship and the Laura W Bush Scholarship can renew without competing with other applicants.

 

Previous recipients must fill the corresponding renewal forms and return by no later than June 15, 2022:

 

Scholarship Renewal Forms:

Dependent Children Renewal Form (Download Here)
Dependent Spouse Form (Download Here)
Laura W. Bush Children Renewal Form (Download Here)