Just like any future college student, the kids and spouses of active-duty service members have to overcome a number of obstacles to pursue their educational dreams. Several misconceptions exist surrounding military dependents’ access to government funding for college. One, for example, is the belief that all military dependents have access to GI Bill benefits. While the service member may have access to a GI Bill benefit, the total value of that benefit does not automatically extend to the family. Even when benefits can be transferred, one GI Bill cannot cover the higher education costs for a whole family. Additionally, military dependents face in-state tuition eligibility challenges in most states, often made more difficult by having to move frequently throughout their lives.Using my nearly fifteen years of experience as executive director of Corvias Foundation, during which I have reviewed hundreds of applications for our annual scholarship programs dedicated solely to the military-dependent community, I can share four tips to help you stand out in the sea of applicants. The good news is that there is still time to apply for a number of scholarship programs.