SCA Academic Scholarship Program
History: One of the primary purposes of the Silver Caduceus Association (SCA) is to help enhance continuing education. The SCA Scholarship Program was established at the 2004 SCA reunion with the mission to promote that purpose among family members within its membership. COL(R) George E. Hammond Jr. chaired the scholarship committee from its inception thru 2018. The committee awarded their first scholarships at the 2006 reunion and continued to award scholarships at the biennial reunions through 2010. As the result of an extraordinarily successful donation campaign at the Colorado Springs 2010 reunion collecting over $14,000, the SCA President, COL(R) George Waters, authorized opening the scholarship application process on an annual basis beginning January 2011. The program continues today offering scholarship opportunities annually.
Donations: The Scholarship Program is funded entirely by donations and has been successful over the years due to the exceptional generosity of its members and others who help support the program’s mission. The SCA reunions have historically been a time when many members have made donations, but donations can be accepted anytime throughout the year. Your donations to the program are critical to make it possible for the SCA to continue to award scholarships to deserving individuals. Therefore, we now offer the option of making an online credit card donation to our scholarship program through our secure payment form provided by Stripe. To make a credit card donation please click on the link below.
You still have the option to donate by check if you so desire. Simply make out a check payable to the SCA and annotate on the “For” line that the check is for the Scholarship Program. Then mail the check to SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 39514, San Antonio, TX 78218.
As a reminder, the SCA is an IRS approved 501c (19) tax exempt organization and as such your donations are tax deductible. All credit card donations receive a confirmation email with a printable PDF document that acknowledges their donation. Individuals who donate via check and would like a letter acknowledging their donation may request one by including a note along with their check or contacting the Scholarship Committee Chairman, Roger Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications: The SCA awards academic scholarships to eligible applicants based on proven academic ability, exhibited leadership skills, community service, demonstrated personal financial need and special considerations for those non-member applications related to former Army Medical Service Corps Officers, KIA or disabled in combat, and retired from active duty due to a disabling condition. The number of scholarships and the dollar value awarded each year depends on available money, normally they are in the amount of $1,000.00 each. Click on the link below to download an application.
Eligibility: Below are the scholarship eligibility criteria. Please review these before asking a family member to complete an application.
- Applicants must be recommended by an SCA member who is in good standing with a Lifetime membership or is active and has completed at least two (2) years of membership.
- A member may nominate one applicant no more than every two years.
- Applicants may receive a maximum of two awards.
- Applicants must be related (spouse, child, grandchild, great-grandchild, sibling, child or grandchild of sibling) to the member nominating them. Exceptions will be considered for those related members of former Army MSC officers who were killed in action or disabled in combat and retired from active duty for those disabling conditions.
- Applicants are not limited to high school seniors. They may be attending college at the time of application; an adult wanting to attend college for the first time or to continue their education after a break in attendance.
Scholarship Application Timeline: Scholarship applications will be accepted between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021. Download an Application. Completed applications and attachments should be mailed to the address shown on the application form.
Questions regarding the application process may be directed to COL(R) Roger F. Williams, SCA Scholarship Committee Chairman at email@example.com.