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Our  Scholarship

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

Candidates submitting scholarship applications must, in the year of submission of their scholarship application:

  • be about to graduate or have graduated from an accredited high school, or equivalent educational institution or have successfully earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • must intend to enter, or be currently enrolled in a community college, vocational college, college or university to complete the curriculum prescribed in or to be graduated with an AA, AS, BA or BS degree.
  • must be the immediate family member of either an active duty, retired, or reserve Chief Petty Officer (children may be natural, adopted or step-children)

How to Apply

In addition to a completed application,

  • Packets must also include the following items:
  • 3 letters of recommendation (emailed letters will not be accepted).  One letter must be from a non-academic source.
  • A "Statement of Service" letter on command letterhead. (a document that legal departments prepare all the time for Sailors. It should not be difficult for a sponsor to acquire.) If you do not have a "Statement of Service" you may provide a DD-214 instead.
  • A 200-500 word autobiographical essay discussing significant experiences, community involvement, and qualities of character and leadership

Mail your completed packet to:

Senior Enlisted Academy Alumni Association
c/o The CPO Scholarship Fund
1269 Elliot Avenue
Newport, RI 02841-1525

Applications postmarked after April 1, 2017 will not be accepted.




Once you have discovered you are a recipient of a CPO Scholarship - please fill out the Awardee Form and mail it to The CPOSF at the following address:

Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund

328 Office Square Lane
Suite 101A
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

This form must be filled out and completed by August 1st so the CPOSF can send your award to your school.

NOTE:  If you are having difficulty viewing the "Awardee Form" try downloading the file. On a PC with "Internet Explorer" you can right click the link and click "Save Target As...".



The 2017 Application is no longer available. The 2018 Application will be available January 1, 2018.