Exchange Rewards Academic Excellence With You Made the Grade Program

DALLAS – Besides handling daily schoolwork, studying and tests, military students face unique challenges, including coping with separation from parents during deployments and multiple moves. In fact, according to the Military Child Education Coalition, military children typically move six to nine times by the time they’ve completed 12th grade, with many making multiple moves during high school.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is rewarding military students who excel in the classroom with its You Made the Grade program, now in its 15th year. Students in first through 12th grades who maintain a B average or better are eligible to receive a coupon book filled with free offers and discounts. 

You Made the Grade offers for 2015 include free food items such as a Burrito Supreme or Taco Supreme from Taco Bell; small chicken Philly sandwich at Charleys; Popeyes Chicken Po’Boy; and a bacon double cheeseburger and small fry from Burger King. 

Students who make the grade will also score Snack Avenue coupons for a free fountain drink, including Yeti, a frozen carbonated drink, and a complimentary hot dog or roller grill item. Other offers include discounts on backpacks, shoes and more. 

Scholars can also enter the You Made the Grade semiannual sweepstakes to receive gift cards worth $2,000, $1,500 or $500. Entries for the gift card sweepstakes drawing can be submitted twice a year, with drawings typically held in June and December.

“The Exchange understands and appreciates the sacrifices military students make,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “Those who excel in the classroom, especially while dealing with multiple moves and parents’ deployments, deserve to be recognized.” 

Students, including those who are home schooled, can receive a You Made the Grade coupon booklet by presenting a valid military I.D. and proof of an overall B average at their nearest Exchange customer service area. Eligible students can pick up one booklet for each qualifying report card. 

Students and guardians can check with their local Exchange store manager for more information about the Exchange’s You Made the Grade program.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at or follow us on Twitter at


 Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or [email protected].