Academic Excellence Pays Off for Military Kids with Exchange’s You Made the Grade Program

DALLAS – Military students who study and succeed can pick up extra spending money from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

Through the Exchange’s You Made the Grade program, first- through 12th-graders, including homeschooled students, with a B average or higher are eligible to receive a $5 Exchange gift card each grading period during the 2019-20 school year.

“Since 2000, the Exchange’s You Made the Grade program has honored the resiliency of military kids,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “It’s a privilege to reward them for thriving in the classroom.”

According to Department of Defense Education Activity, the average child in a military family moves six to nine times during a school career—three times more often than non-military families.

“Military children face unique challenges,” Reyes said. “These young scholars have a lot on their plates. They cope with multiple moves, parental deployments, making new friends and more. You Made the Grade helps prove that hard work really does pay off.”

To receive the $5 Exchange gift card, students must present a valid military I.D. and proof of a B average or higher during any grading period. Students who make the grade qualify to enter a worldwide sweepstakes to win a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card. Drawings are held in December and June. 2019’s spring semester winners hailed from Hurlburt Field, Luke Air Force Base and Shaw Air Force Base.

You Made the Grade sweepstakes entry forms are on the back of the gift card carrier sleeve. Students can send completed forms to:

You Made the Grade

PO Box 227398

Dallas, TX 75222-7398

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 62nd-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.3 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


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