How do recipients get chosen for a scholarship?
All applications for eligible candidates are carefully reviewed by an independent panel of Master Chiefs at the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island. The panel grades the applications and develops the slate of selected awardees using standard evaluating criteria. The panel then presents that slate to the CPOSF Board of Directors. The CPOSF board does not participate in, influence, or question this panel's final decision or the results. The CPOSF Board of Directors, in order to be fair and impartial, does not receive or handle in any way any of the applications and, therefore, will never know the identity of the applicants, except for those selected by the panel as awardees and alternates.

Am I eligible if I've received a previous scholarship?
Anyone who meets the basic requirements will be considered for a scholarship.

If the CPO is deployed can the spouse sign by Power of Attorney (POA)? If so, do you need a copy of the POA attached to the application?
All we need from the spouse is the application and the sponsor's (chief) name. The spouse or guardian can sign on the sign the sponsor / guardian line.

Do we need to submit SAT scores with the application? How about college acceptance letters?
We do not need to know the SAT scores to award the scholarships nor do we require college acceptance letters. We send the scholarship directly to the college bursar in August or September in the name of the recipient.

My sponsor was a Chief who was selected into the LDO/ CWO community.  Am I still eligible to apply for a CPOSF scholarship?
Currently our scholarships are not available to those chiefs who chose to convert to LDO and CWO. We base this on relative need and feel that an average LDO and CWO has more disposable income than CPOs. Since we do not currently require a financial aid statement this becomes a criteria.

When are the applications due?
Your application should be received at the address listed on both the checklist and on the application form, no later than 1 April of each year.

Where It All Began
In November 1994, the USS CHIEF (MCM14) was commissioned in honor of the dedicated service of the Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy, as well as for the honored wartime service of her namesake, USS CHIEF (AM315), and she sails today as a testament to that tradition.

The planning and all subsequent activities leading up to the commissioning was all Chief Petty Officer evolution. One of the significant results of the event was the creation of the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund (CPOSF). The fund came to fruition with the signing of the Charter of the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund in January 1998 at the U.S. Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) in Newport, Rhode Island.

Fundraising Efforts
The CPOSF is 100% supported by charitable donations and volunteers and we're proud that we've awarded over $1,360,000 to qualified candidates since 1998.  We do not employ professional fundraisers. Some signature events held by our group include:

The Best of the Mess Culinary Competition          

Annual Golf Tournaments    

MCPON Walker Legacy Ride         CPO Day at Harbor Park       Various Coin Auctions

Donors are encouraged to support the CPOSF through your own fundraising efforts.
For more information please contact one of our Board Members.


The Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity organization, incorporated under statute by the Commonwealth of Virginia and registered with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs for the legal solicitation of charitable donations. Any questions or inquiries as to the operations and functions of this organization should be directed to

The CPOSF shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, or religion in the administration of any of its educational, admissions or employment policies, programs and operations

Contact Us

Board Member:


Chairman, MCPON Duane Bushey, USN (Ret)

Vice Chairman, FORCM Jess Elliott, USN (Ret)

President, Joe Schnurbusch, USN (Ret)

Treasurer, Vicky Aldridge

Secretary, Tuesday Alaniz

Webmaster, David Prahl                 


Mailing Address:

Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund
328 Office Square Lane
Suite 101A
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

FRA Scholarship Program

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Veterans Resources

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In 2016, we participated in the National Combined Federal Campaign as a member charity of Military Family and Veterans Service Organizations of America Federation under the banner of Independent Charities of America. A very successful fundraising year allowed us to award $106,000.00 is scholarship money to fifty children and spouses of Chief Petty Officers all across the country and in every fleet concentration area around the globe.

In 2016, we awarded the seventh annual MCPON Thomas Crow Memorial Scholarship of $5,000.00 to the top seeded applicant chosen by the Senior Enlisted Academy Alumni Association Selection Committee. In 2012, we established the MCPON Walker Honorary Scholarship, also for $5,000. The fifth MCPON Walker scholarship was awarded during the 2016/2017 academic year.

As a member of the Military Family and Veterans Service Organizations of America Federation under Independent Charities of America, not only were we a part of the National CFC Campaign but we participated as an affiliated member in good standing in state, local, and United Way campaigns throughout the 2016 fundraising year as well.

Our Articles of Incorporation were renewed and recorded by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, as well as our registration with the Offices of Consumer Affairs in Florida, California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, and Virginia, in compliance with state statutes regarding solicitation of charitable contributions for state employee fundraising campaigns. We continue to develop efficiencies in our record keeping processes to ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, and reporting requirements to which our organization might be subject.

In 2016, we reviewed and re-affirmed our organization Bylaws. A copy of our Bylaws is available on request.

In 2016, we held our sixth annual fund raising event called “The Best of the Mess,” a top chef style cook-off featuring Navy Culinary Specialists. The 2016 Best of the Mess title went to the team from USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, CVN 72. Due to its great success, The Best of the Mess remains our signature annual fundraising event. Also in 2016, we hosted our eighth annual CPOSF Day at Harbor Park.

In 2016, we received donations from many separate Chief Petty Officer organizations. These funds were raised through events such as golf tournaments, 5K runs, CPO 365 functions, and donations “in honor of.” We continue to receive donations from active duty military organizations/personnel via direct donation and payroll deduction and through check disbursements from military retirees through the Defense Finance and Accounting Services.


Download: Annual Report - CPOSF17.pdf

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