Eligibility: Program is open each year to current Combat Infantrymen's Association Members, and children and grandchildren of Combat Infantrymen's Association members who will be full time college students during the upcoming fall and spring semesters. Applicant must include either the CIB recipient’s Combat Infantrymen's Association membership number, or must enclose/attach the CIB recipient’s proof of eligibility and the membership application required for membership in the Combat Infantrymen’s Association. Acceptable proof of eligibility includes an official notation on the CIB recipient’s DD-214, DD-215, Official Army Orders, or other official documents. Proof of eligibility will then be reviewed by the Association Membership Officer for validity. Applications submitted without proper proof of eligibility will not be considered for review. Applications will be accepted between February 10 and May 15 of each year, and awarded July 1. Student must show proof of end of school year 3.0 or higher GPA by providing copy of most recent high school or college transcript.
Criteria/Judging: Scholarships are awarded based on essay responses and application completion. The purpose of the scholarship is to raise awareness among students about the Combat Infantryman Badge. Essay prompt will be provided on the application, and applicant must be able to share the story of the recipients CIB award as part of the application. Essays will be judged anonymously – meaning the judges will not know the names of the applicants. Essays will be judged by members of local, divisional and national scholarship committees who do NOT have students participating in the scholarship program.
Awards: The Combat Infantrymen's Association Scholarship program provides one First Place Award of $2500; one Second Place Award of $500 and one Third Place Award of $250. Scholarships are also offered at the local and division level, pursuant to available funding. Winners of local and division level scholarships will be submitted to the National Scholarship Committee, and first, second and third place National Scholarship Awards will be selected. Scholarships are awarded to students furthering their education at either a community college, trade school or university as a full time student. Funds are paid directly to the student in August of award year. Proof of enrollment will be required. Each year requires a separate application.
Application: Applications must be completed on line, using the form on the Combat Infantrymen's Association web site (link below, with the essay attached at the end of the form as a .pdf. Each application will be assigned a number, and each essay will be saved with the same number, and provided to the judges by number, not by name.
Funding: The Combat Infantrymen's Association Scholarship Program is funded by donations from members of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association and Association Supporters. Certain Divisions and Companies make provisions to assist in the funding of scholarships through either the solicitation of $300 convention business ads or buying a full page ad in the convention book. However, there is no obligation for doing so.
Deadline: Application is open from February 10 - May 15, each year. Applications must be received by 11:59pm on May 1
See our scholarship page for details.
2021 Combat Infantrymen's Association Alfred C. Serrato Memorial Scholarship