Rear Admiral Rick Williams led a number of operations during his time in the US Navy, where his accomplishments included overseeing Carrier Strike Group training and averting crises as a deputy Fifth Fleet commander. In addition to his work in the navy, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which administers the Education Assistance Program for the children and spouses of active-duty, retired, and deceased sailors and marines.
The program distributes interest-free loans and grants toward the pursuit of a postsecondary education at an accredited technical, vocational, or educational US institution. Interest-free loans and grants range between $500 and $3,000 per academic year and cover costs for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Eligible applicants include spouses of active-duty or retired sailors or marines, MECEP/MECP students, and children of active-duty, retired, or deceased sailors or marines, provided the child is under the age of 23 prior to the application deadline.
Students must register for the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System and make plans to enroll as a full-time student for the following school year in pursuit of an initial undergraduate degree. In order to qualify for a loan or grant, they must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better and demonstrate proof of financial need. Institutions must be participants in US Department of Education Title IV financial aid programs.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Assistance Program is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. All supporting documentation must hold a postmark of no later than May 1, 2018.