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VADM Robert L. Walters Scholarship

Deadline to Submit: 1 March

The Surface Navy Association Scholar receives an academic scholarship awarded for demonstrated leadership, community service, academic achievement and a commitment to pursuing higher educational objectives.

This award is a grant totaling $10,000 limited to $2,500 per year for a maximum of four years provided a cumulative 3.0 grade point average is maintained.

  • Must be a Surface Navy Association Member or dependent child, stepchild, ward or spouse of a current Surface Navy Association Member. The member must be in their second or subsequent consecutive year of membership.
  • Member can be serving, retired or honorably discharged and must be a Surface Warfare Officer, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, or a Permanent Cutterman. Qualified members must serve for a minimum of 3 years on surface ships of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard, Officer or Enlisted. Surface ships include carriers, combatants, amphibious, service force, mine force, tenders, and U.S. Coast Guard cutters of all classes.
  • There is no minimum service period for children or spouses of personnel who died on active duty while serving in a surface ship or cutter.
  • The Surface Navy Association scholarships are for studies in an accredited full-time undergraduate or postgraduate program. Fulltime status may be waived in the case of spouses as long as they maintain a course load of 6 semester hours.

All applicants MUST include the following with their completed application. Please have all documents ready to upload to the online application as applicants cannot save and continue later.

  • A 500 word essay
  • A list community activities, athletics and jobs. Please list with date(s) of involvement and estimated amount of time spent per week.
  • Three recommendation letters from teachers, counselors or other persons of influence in your life, other than relatives, who are in a position to address your character, citizenship, and leadership.
  • Date and documentation of SWO, ESWS, or Cutterman Qualification.
  • Sea Service Dates: Include list of dates served and name of ship (i.e., Jan 20-Dec 22, USS or USCG SHIP). Must have a total of three years on surface ships of the USN or USCG to be eligible.
High School Seniors
(additional requirements)

A transcript of your high school grades. MUST include first semester of high school senior year.

SAT and ACT scores are highly recommended. They are not required, but if submitted they may strengthen your application.

Active Duty or Drilling Reservists
(additional requirements)

A letter from your Commanding Officer commenting on your military service and leadership potential.

A transcript of the grades from your most recent four semesters of school.

SAT and ACT scores are highly recommended. They are not required, but if submitted they may strengthen your application.

College Applicants/Spouses
(additional requirements)

A transcript of the grades of your four most recent semesters of school to include high school transcript if 4 semesters of college have not been completed.

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All Hands Naval Reservist News Navy Directives Navy News Service The principal news service of the DoN. Surface Warfare Magazine
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