GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The deadline to apply for academic scholarships, as well as welfare grants, is quickly approaching.

Each year, the Bavaria Community Spouses' Club awards money to community members for educational purposes, as well as welfare grants for community organizations in need.

And each year, the BCSC grows more and more generous.

"We raise money through our on-post thrift stores and fundraisers," said Cheryl Hintz, president of the club. "We have numerous volunteers who aid in our success, and all the money that goes to the club we turn around and give back to the community."

Last year, the club awarded more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships to local community members.

While education scholarships are geared toward higher education, the welfare grants are open to any organization on post, including schools, FRGs, Boy Scouts, the Red Cross, and other charitable organization in need.

Hintz suggested community members "ask for the moon," when filling out applications.

"Big or small, we will do whatever we can to help," she said. "Our efforts have always been in support of this great community."

Applications for scholarships can be found at

Deadlines for welfare grants are Feb. 14 and April 18. Educational scholarship applications are due Feb. 28, and vocational applications must be received by April 25.