Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

Website: Dolphin Scholarship Foundation


The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation was established in 1960 with the first scholarship of $350 awarded to John L. Haines, Jr., in June 1961. Funds were raised through the efforts of submarine officers' wives' organizations throughout the United States. DSF continues to receive strong financial support from submarine spouse organizations and the submarine community, as well as support from individuals, corporations, memorial gifts and Combined Federal Campaign.



Applicant Eligibility

  • Be a dependent of a current member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force.
  • Be a high school senior or be currently enrolled as a student in a college or an accredited vocational or technical institute.
  • Be unmarried and under the age of 24 at the time of the application deadline, March 15.
  • Intend to or be enrolled as a full-time student working toward an Associate's or Baccalaureate degree at a two or four year accredited university or college, or be working toward vocational/technical certification at an accredited institute.
  • Scholars attending any Military Service Academy are NOT eligible for the Dolphin Scholarship. (ie. United States Naval Academy, Westpoint, or United States Coast Guard Academy).

Spouse Eligibility

  • Be the dependent spouse of a member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force.
  • Intend to or be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours per year in order to receive an Associate's or Baccalaureate degree at a two or four year accredited university, or college or be working toward vocational/technical certification at an accredited institute.

Restrictions on Eligibility

  • Former Dolphin Scholars who have received the maximum amount of scholarship funding ($14,000) are not eligible to apply for an additional Dolphin Scholarship or vocational/technical scholarship.
  • Members of the immediate family of any employee of the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation are not eligible to receive a Dolphin Scholarship.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Years of service need not be consecutive; however, qualifying years must have been served on ACTIVE DUTY.  Time served as a Naval Academy or NROTC midshipman, in Officer Candidate School,  in "Boot Camp", or as a member of the inactive or Selected Naval Reserve cannot be used to establish eligibility.

Time in service requirement may be waived by DSF if Sponsor qualified in submarines and was medically disqualified (but still eligible to wear the Submarine Warfare insignia), discharged or retired due to injury or illness which occurred in the line of duty.

There is no minimum period of service for children of qualified submariners who were killed in the line of duty while serving in the Submarine Force.

For questions concerning the eligibility of applicants or sponsors, please contact the Scholarship Administrator at:


All scholarship applicants must be pursuing their first Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, or trade school certification from an accredited educational institution. 

Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type

Once the applicant's and sponsor's eligibility is established, the remainder of the application will open.  

Students are then given access to the remainder of the application.  Applicants are given a checklist to assist them through the application and are provided with tracking information on the progress of the application.

Requirements for ALL sections must be met and FINALIZED by the deadline (March 15, 2021) in order for the application to be accepted for presentation to the Scholarship Selection Committee.  Application Sections:  Applicant's Information, Applicant's Academic Information, Applicant's College Costs, Sponsor Information, DD214 (non-active duty personnel only), DSF Essay and 2 References that must be completed online.

All supporting documents must be postmarked by the DSF application deadline (March 15, 2021).  The following documents are required:  SAT/ACT Test Scores (High School and College Freshman Applicants only) submitted directly to DSF by an authorized agency and Official Transcripts received directly from the institution in a sealed envelope or certified transcripts submitted electronically by an authorized agency such as Parchment.  DSF does not accept copies of transcripts.

High School and College applicants are considered separately. The number of new scholarships awarded in each category is proportional to the number of applications received.

Contact Information

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

(757) 671-3200 Press 1, Opt. 2 Mon-Thur (9am - 2pm)