Requirements and Application

SDI/EANGUS Scholarship

Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) is proud to partner with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) to offer the SDI/EANGUS Scholarship. The scholarship provides full tuition and fees each semester for the Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program to one recipient annually.

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

The SDI/EANGUS Scholarship is a full academic scholarship for SDI’s Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program. Students that are awarded an SDI Scholarship while already attending SDI are responsible for the charges applied through the current semester. The SDI Scholarship will be applied at the beginning of the next semester following the date the scholarship is awarded. All applying candidates must:

  • Be member of EANGUS or a spouse of an EANGUS member, or unmarried son or daughter of an EANGUS member, or unmarried spouse or unmarried dependent son or daughter of a deceased EANGUS member who was in good standing at the time of their death.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for the firearms industry and gunsmithing trade by answering essay questions.
  • Submit a regular SDI application for enrollment, with all relevant supporting documentation.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
  • Applicants must meet Sonoran Desert Institute’s admissions requirements.
  • Scholarship recipient must begin studies at SDI within 6 months of being awarded the scholarship.
  • The Scholarship is only valid in the name of the original recipient. It cannot be transferred.

Continuing Eligibility:

  • Meet SDI’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and be free of any financial holds on their accounts.
  • Recipients must be continuously enrolled to retain scholarship eligibility.

Application: Applicants must complete the SDI/EANGUS Scholarship application in its entirety, including essay, by the deadline dates described below. Remit any supplemental documentation to

Deadline: To be considered for the award, SDI must be in receipt of all application documentation as noted above by the following deadlines:

  • By 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time on May 31 for the annual award.

Evaluation Process: Applications will be reviewed by a Scholarship Committee. The selected recipient will be identified based on a combination of factors, including:

  • Essay Score
  • Letter of recommendation

Award Procedures: Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision approximately 30 days after the scholarship application deadline. The chosen recipient must respond within 30 days indicating their intent to accept the scholarship. Students that are awarded an SDI Scholarship are responsible for the charges obtained within the semester in which they are currently enrolled in. The SDI Scholarship will be awarded at the start of the next full semester after the approval date.

If you would like more information about the SDI/EANGUS scholarship, please contact Walter Howard at


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