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If you are among the brave men and women who have served, currently serve, or plan to serve in the U.S. Armed Forced, you have our gratitude. Not only that, but you have a ton of opportunities for assistance in your newest mission, getting a college education.

In 1944, the U.S. passed the GI Bill® into law. Among the sweeping promises this Bill made to the generation of soldiers who served honorably in World War II was access to a quality education. In the next decade, the Bill helped to send more than 2 million soldiers to college, another 5.6 million into trade schools, training and certification.

The GI Bill was signed into law almost 75 years ago, but its promise is even more vital today. More than 1.4 million Americans are standing on the front lines to protect our Republic, many with the expectation of ultimately attending college. A great many others view college as an excellent path to beginning a military career. In either case, you have a few advantages over the average student. As an affiliate of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or, Coast Guard, you've earned yourself a few specialized opportunities, the kind that could save you a ton of money on college.

The GI Bill game-changer for American education, opening a world of educational and professional opportunities to a whole generation of Americans. Today, the bill is the inspiration and the conceptual foundation behind a world of programs, grants and scholarships aimed at assisting those who have served, who plan to serve, or who hope to advance an already existing career in the military.

If you fall into any of these categories, there are all kinds of military divisions, government agencies, companies, charitable organizations, foundations and private benefactors who wish to thank you for your courage by assisting with the cost of your education.

Hereafter, we'll do our best to give you the quick and actionable low-down on the scholarship programs available to military veterans, aspiring servicemen and women, students enrolled in college, and those currently serving in the military.

We'll begin with a quick look at the nation's leading military academies, following by a glance at those scholarships that are made available specifically by the leading divisions of the U.S. military. Thereafter, we'll draw your attention to a number of prominent, publicly-funding scholarship programs. Finally, we'll provide you with a comprehensive list of military scholarship opportunities as availed by a broad cross-section of corporations, foundations, and private benefactors. In each case, we will provide you with a direct link to either an application or instructions on how to apply.

Before you proceed, it's very important that you take note of one distinction when it comes to military scholarships. Depending on the source of your scholarship, acceptance of your grant may require you to agree to an obligation of service. This agreement is usually legally binding. Be sure that you fully understand the terms of your service obligation before accepting a scholarship.

It's also important to take note that deadlines are always passing and new opportunities are always emerging. If a deadline for one of the opportunities below has passed, come back and visit in a few weeks for updates and changes. And if you see anything out of place or are aware of any scholarship opportunities we might have missed, let us know! And of course, good luck in your search!

Military Academies

If you're looking to launch or advance a military career, one of your best opportunities for an educational scholarship may be through an actual military academy.

Federal Military Academies

The five major federal military universities are distinguished by a high level of competition for admission and by their academic excellence. In order to gain entrance into the Military Academy in West Point, for instance, an applicant is required to present a letter of commendation from a Senator or congressperson, or failing that, the President or Vice President of the United States.

If you should gain entrance into one of these institutions, however, you will be going free of charge. Admission into the U.S. Military, Air Force, Naval, or Coast Guard Academy comes with a full scholarship, funded by the military branch in question. This scholarship covers tuition, housing and, in some cases, provides a stipend for fees, books and/or living expenses. The Merchant Marine Academy charges no tuition and is largely funded directly by the federal government. In each of these cases, bear in mind that your admission will come with a mandatory service obligation. If you are prepared to make that commitment, admission into one of the following federal military institutions would be entirely free of charge.

In addition to these federal academies, the military maintains affiliations with a fairly broad range of institutions, both public and private, and at the prep and college levels, that provide a wide spectrum of scholarship opportunities for aspiring cadets. To be considered for a scholarship or a free ride, reach out directly to the college or prep school of your choice as listed below:

Private College Prep Schools

Public Military Schools

The following public military academies are part of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program, and are therefore funded directly through the United States Department of Defense.

State-supported maritime colleges and universities

Senior Military Colleges

Military Branch Scholarships

U.S. Army Scholarships

Army ROTC Scholarships


If you have plans to attend college on your way to a military career, the Army ROTC is a college elective for undergraduate & graduate students. Learn about joining ROTC for merit based scholarships & great career opportunities. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a great place to start. The ROTC is a college elective for undergraduate and graduate students that provides unrivaled leadership training for success in any career field. If you have a passion for it, you can find a place to fit in the Army as an officer and get the training you need to turn that passion into a career. The ROTC program is available at more than 1,100 participating colleges and universities. There are also a number of scholarships for aspiring cadets. ROTC scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of merit and are not disbursed based on financial need. Like most merit-based scholarships, the pool for the ROTC's prize money is highly competitive. The ROTC offers scholarships for high school students, students already enrolled in college, and enlisted soldiers who wish to obtain the education needed to become officers. In short, the ROTC is a direct pathway into an upwardly mobile military career regardless of your starting point. As high school senior, you'll be competing with 12,000 other applicants for 2,000 Army ROTC scholarships. If you do earn one of these scholarships, you could gain access to anywhere between two, three and four years of grant money to complete your degree. This would include full tuition coverage or, in its place, coverage for room and board pending qualification. Scholarships also typically include an allowance for additional books, fees, and even monthly living expenses.

U.S. Air Force Scholarships

U.S. Air Force ROTC Scholarship


Air Force ROTC scholarships cover your tuition and most lab fees. Also, you’ll receive an annual textbook allowance and up to a $500 spending cash monthly stipend. A variety of full and partial scholarships are available, and certain scholarships have specific requirements.

U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Scholarships

The NROTC Program was established to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps.


In addition to meeting basic eligibility requirements, you should be aware that you will have to complete an Applicant Fitness Assessment

National Scholarships


“Scholarships will be awarded to an NROTC unit in conjunction with the academic major and tier the applicant specified on their application. If offered the scholarship, the student will be expected to attend the school where their scholarship is placed and have the ability to request a change of placement as needed or desired. Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis and are mainly dependent on the scholarship availability at the requested school at the time of processing.”

Two and Three-Year Scholarships


“You must apply via the NROTC unit of the university you wish to attend. You must conduct an NROTC Applicant Fitness Assessment (AFA) and provide your scores to the NROTC Unit from which they are seeking a nomination in order for their application to be considered complete and forwarded for consideration by the selection board.”

The Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship


As part of the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Scholarship Program, the Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship is named in honor of the first African American Marine Corps officer who was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on November 10, 1945. It is available at seventeen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Contact the financial aid office at the corresponding school to apply.
  • Allen University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Dillard University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Huston-Tillotson College
  • Morehouse College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Savannah State University
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Spelman College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Xavier University
  • Kennedy King College (non-HBCU participant)

The Pedro Del Valle Leadership Scholarship


As part of the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Scholarship Program, the Pedro Del Valle Leadership Scholarship is named in honor of the first Hispanic Marine Corps Lieutenant General. It is available at three Hispanic Serving Institutes (HSI):
  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • Pima Community College
  • University of New Mexico

National Guard Scholarships

To receive one of these scholarships, you must be involved in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) with a National Guard unit while in school, and have a letter of acceptance from a local Guard unit stating that they will accept you in an SMP status.

The Dedicated Army National Guard (DEDNG) scholarship


Recipients receive full tuition, plus up to $1,200 for books, and are paid a monthly allowance in the following amounts: $350 during sophomore year, $450 during junior year and $500 during senior year. Grad students can also apply if they have only two years remaining until they graduate. In addition to a monthly allowance, you can also receive the drill pay of a sergeant, approximately $225 per month, when you participate in the SMP.

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) contract


Similar to the DEDNG scholarship, the GRFD scholarship is mainly for students entering their junior year of college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They also must join the SMP of a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) unit on their campus. GRFD recipients are funded each year at full tuition and receive $1,200 for books. They are given an ROTC allowance for 10 months of the year at $450 per month during their junior year and $500 per month during their senior year. As a member of the Guard, they will also receive drill pay.

Coast Guard Scholarships

Scholarship Resources for Coast Guard Children


The 2017 scholarship season for unmarried dependent children of enlisted men and women of the US Coast Guard began on March 1 and ended on April 15.

Education Grants for Enlisted Coast Guard Members


The Coast Guard Foundation Education Grants are administered via the Coast Guard Institute. Coast Guard members looking to apply for education grants for continuing studies please check back here soon for further information on availability.

Enlisted Reservists and Dependents


The Foundation is awarding scholarships to enlisted Coast Guard reservists or their eligible dependents for the 2017–2018 academic year. Application packages and official transcripts must be received no later than July 31, 2017.

Coast Guard Spouse Education Grants


The Foundation’s Lisa Cook Reed Spouse Education Grants are intended to assist non-military spouses of Enlisted Coast Guard members in ranks E3 – E6 pursuing professional development courses, licensing courses, certificates, certifications, and college and graduate level degrees from a nationally or regionally accredited institution. Check back here in early 2018 for the next funding cycle.

More Coast Guard Programs


Assorted Military Scholarships

!Adelante! HOPE Veteran's Scholarship


The Hispanic Organization for Public Employees is pleased to offer the following scholarship for one U.S. Military Veteran attending any college or university in Texas.

Adrian and Corena Swanier Education Scholarship


The Adrian & Corena Swanier Education Scholarship was established in 2010 to recognize the contributions and provide educational assistance for our Military Children. This program will award a $1,000 Scholarship for use towards a four-year degree, vocational, or technical certificate.

AFAS General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant


The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program is competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors. Grants are awarded to selected sons and daughters of Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, Retired, Retired Reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses of Active Duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their full-time undergraduate studies. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program


The Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program is a state student assistance program established by the Legislature of the State of Alabama and is designed to provide financial assistance to Alabama National Guard members who are residents of the State of Alabama and are enrolled in degree programs at accredited post-secondary institutions of higher learning located within the State of Alabama.

American Legion Scholarships


The American Legion Auxiliary believes that the more knowledge our young people gain, the better citizens they will become. That is why the organization is so committed to education. Investing in the education of our young people is investing in the future of our country.

Anchor Scholarship Foundation


The Anchor Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to eligible family members (children and spouses) of active duty, retired or honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel.

AOC Enlisted Tuition Grant


The AOC headquarters provides monetary support to approximately 5 chapters that participate in the AOC Enlisted Tuition Grant Program. The procedures are the same as for scholarships. Find the chapter closest to you, contact the chapter president, and return the completed Application (same Student Data Form in FP1-1).

Army Engineer Memorial Awards


The Army Engineer Memorial Awards were established in 1973 as a living memorial to Engineer Officers killed in Vietnam and are given annually to honor all Engineer Officers who died in the line of duty. A candidate for an award may be any graduating high school senior who is a citizen of the United States and whose sponsor, parent, or legal guardian is a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, retired or deceased), National Guard U.S. Army Engineer, Reserve U. S. Army Engineer, or current Department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as well as a current member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club.

Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Education Fund


One of the Army Nurse Corps Association's major initiatives is the Scholarship Program. Its purpose is the support of nursing education through scholarship funding to worthy students who are US citizens in an accredited program in baccalaureate or graduate nursing, anesthesia, or related healthcare field. Below are the eligibility criteria and general information.

Army ROTC Three-Year College Scholarship


The Army ROTC Three-Year College Scholarship is available for students already enrolled in a college or university with three academic years remaining. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 26, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, score a minimum 920 on the SAT / 19 on the ACT, meet physical standards, have a high school diploma or equivalent and agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard). Students' commitment upon receiving the scholarship includes serving full-time in the Army for four years; selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career. Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to join Army ROTC and incentives available. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Army ROTC Two-Year College Scholarship


The Army ROTC Two-Year College Scholarship is available for those who have two academic years of college remaining. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 26, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, score a minimum 920 on the SAT / 19 on the ACT, meet physical standards, have a high school diploma or equivalent and agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard). Students' commitment upon receiving the scholarship includes serving full-time in the Army for four years; selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career. Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to join Army ROTC and incentives available. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship


The Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship provides $1,000 in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on August 12, 2003. Recipients must be pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security studies.

Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship


Applicant must be a woman who has served or is serving honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard or the child of a woman who served honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Bernard E. Dillon Vocational Skills Scholarship


The Dillon Scholarships are for post high school students attending vocational-technical classes at an accredited vocational-technical school. Criteria for evaluation and award of a scholarship are the student's educational achievements, leadership abilities, character, citizenship, and community service.

Boundless Opportunity Scholarship


The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship (BOS) is designed to benefit highly-motivated non-traditional students who recognize the power of education to create a better life for themselves and their families.

BVA Kathern F. Gruber Scholarships


The Blinded Veterans Association will again award 16 Kathern F. Gruber scholarships for the upcoming academic year, according to John Williams, Administrative Director at the Association's National Headquarters. Six scholarships of $2,000 each will be available. The scholarships are limited to spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans, but the blinded veteran in question is not required to be a BVA member. Scholarships are awarded on a

CCMW Educators Scholarships


The Council of College and Military Educators Scholarship is available to military service members working toward the completion of higher education degrees. You must be working on associate, bachelor's or master's degree and submit a 400-750-word essay on the topic: What has your experience been pursuing a degree while serving in the military and how will the scholarship be used to enable you to meet your educational goals?

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation


Enrolling with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is the first step in ensuring that your child or children will receive the financial support they need to get a college education. We provide tailored scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

Combat Medic Service Scholarship


This scholarship program is dedicated to respecting and supporting the commitment that the CMB represents. We hope in this small way, to help CMB recipients to continue to serve their fellow man and to achieve their dreams and scholastic goals. Every life they touch they make better. For full details and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Connor Montgomery Cloud Memorial Scholarship


Students Supporting Veterans (SSV) at the University of Wyoming (UW), a student veterans organization, is provided funding for the specific purpose of providing scholarship support to veterans attending UW. This is a one-semester scholarship that will be offered for the fall and spring semesters, and it may be available again in the future. All recipients must be veterans.

Corvias Foundation Scholarships


Corvias Foundation strives to support the educational goals of the children of active-duty service members. If you are a high school senior with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and the child of an active-duty service member stationed at one of the following installations, you are eligible to apply for the Corvias Foundation Scholarship.

CSUB Dr. Robert W. & Jean L. Sheldon Scholarship


This scholarship was established by medical colleagues in honor Dr. Robert W. Sheldon, a local physician, to support CSUB transfer students from Bakersfield College. The donors are personally supplementing an additional $15,000 annually for an additional six (6) scholarships in the amount of about $2,375, in addition to the earnings from the endowment.

Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship


The Daughters of the Cincinnati have contributed generously to the scholarship fund for over a century. Applicants must be daughters of career commissioned officers in the United States military. If you are eligible, you must apply during your senior year in high school.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War


Members may apply for funding during their senior year in high school. The applicant must have been active as a duv for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years. The applicant must have and maintain a satisfactory scholastic standing. No more than four (4) duvs scholarships shall be awarded at any National Convention.

Delaware Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans and Others


The State of Delaware provides educational benefits for the children of deceased veterans of the military services of the United States, military service personnel held as a prisoner of war and military service personnel officially declared to be missing in action.

Edward T. Conroy


To be eligible for the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program, you must be a Maryland resident at the time of application and enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college/university, as a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student or attend a private career school.

Fisher House Foundatino Scholarships for Military Children


Dependent unmarried children under age 21 (23 if enrolled as a full-time student) of active duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of deceased members, may apply for this scholarship. Dependent children of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Public Health Service, other federal or military related agencies or activities, or DoD civilian employees are not eligible unless they meet the above requirement.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund


The mission of the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund is two-fold. First, it helps offset the high cost of a college education for the sons and daughters of American heroes. Second, it is a reminder to the recipient that their parents' sacrifice will never be forgotten by a grateful nation.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.


Graydon & Myrth Fox Scholarship


The Graydon & Myrth Fox Scholarship was established to assist individuals who are seeking to further their job skills or improve their circumstances through education. This award is available to students who are pursuing a degree through either the business schools at California State University, Chico or the University of Florida, Gainesville; or a degree in elementary education at the Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. There is no age restriction for this scholarship.

Horizons-Michigan Scholarship


The HORIZONS-Michigan Scholarship encourages women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States and provides development opportunities to women already working in these fields. Applicants must be citizens of te U.S. and residents of Michigan, either a full-time or part-time graduate or undergraduate who has attained at least junior level status.

Illinois AMVETS Scholarships


The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois High School students a scholarship for their continued education. This one-year scholarship is non-renewable. To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

Illinois National Guard Grant Program


The Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant pays tuition and eligible fees (registration, graduation, general activity, matriculation and term fees) at all Illinois public universities or public community colleges. The ING Grant is an entitlement program and is awarded to eligible recipients regardless of the funding level.

Jack E. Barger, Sr., Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund


This scholarship fund was established by the Department of Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in 1989 to address the State's nursing shortage. Established in the memory of Department Commander Jack E. Barger, Sr., this scholarship has benefitted more than 110 students, including active duty service members and veterans.

Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship


The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint National Security Scholarships offers to help further the education and career development of scholars, especially in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. Workers in these fields and their children are encouraged to apply with the goal of improving national security and global understanding.

KASF Scholarship for Descendants of American Korean War Veterans


To express gratitude to American Veterans who served in the Korean War era, KASF-ERC offers a scholarship program that recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated outstanding talents and the potential for success. Applicants must be a descendant of an American Korean War Veteran in the state of Georgia.

Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation Scholarship Program


The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation is for high school seniors and college students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities, community service and/or outstanding personal achievements. Special consideration will be given to students with a demonstrated financial need; who have parents that did not attend college; who have overcome significant adversity; etc.

Lee Essie and Charlie McMillan, Jr. Active/Inactive Military and Military Veteran Scholarship


In Saginaw, Mrs. McMillan worked as a licensed beautician and a pianist for several local churches. Mr. McMillan worked full-time at General Motors Grey Iron foundry - a career spanning 41 years. At the same time, Mr. McMillan worked several part-time jobs.

Lt. Jon C. Ladda Memorial Scholarship


Scholarships will be awarded to a child of a United States Naval Academy graduate or United Sates Navy member who served in the submarine service who has died on active duty or has been medically retired with a 100 percent disability.

Maine Veterans Dependents Educational Benefits


Dependents of 100% Permanent & Total disabled veterans in Maine are eligible for a full tuition waiver at schools in the University of Maine system, Maine's Community Colleges, and the Maine Maritime Academy. Qualifying dependents are defined by Title 37B, Chapter 7, Section 505(2) of the State of Maine Statutes. The program is administered by the Bureau of Veterans' Services.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation


Since 1962, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has been Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children. The Nation's oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, the Scholarship Foundation pays particular attention to those students whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat or has demonstrated financial need.

Mary Rowena Cooper Scholarship


The Mary Rowena Cooper Scholarship was established in January 1998 to provide financial aid for children of veterans who served in Vietnam. The non-renewable scholarship is for students seeking degrees, certificates, or diplomas at vocational/technical schools, colleges, or universities. Award amounts vary and are based on financial need.

Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program


The Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program was established in recognition of the hardship that a family experiences upon the loss of a parent and or spouse who is killed or missing in the line of public service duty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This grant program was established to provide educational opportunity to the remaining family members.

Matthews and Swift Educational Trust Scholarships


Delegates to the 62nd Supreme Council Meeting in August 1944 voted to establish an Educational Trust Fund by the raising of $1 million through a special per capita tax on the members of the Order. Scholarships provided from the income of this fund would become a living memorial to Knights who gave their lives for their country during World War II, or who became totally and permanently disabled through service-incurred injuries. Originally these scholarships included tuition, room, board, books, and fees.

Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund


The Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund is for nontraditional students enrolling in at least 9 credits in a degree-seeking or certification program at Boise State University or College of Western Idaho. Students must be a resident of the state of Idaho and demonstrate financial need. Must be 24 years or older.

Military Child of the Year Award


The Military Child of the Year Award recognizes outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership and achievement in their communities Recipients, along with a parent or guardian, travel to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition Gala. They also receive a laptop computer and the $10,000 award.

Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund


The New York Chapter of the American Logistics Association (ALA) has established a scholarship program to assist children of select active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student's choice.

Minority Serving Institute Scholarship Reservation


The Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation, or MSISR, offers the same benefits as the Four-Year National Scholarship and is exclusive to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), High Hispanic Enrollment Schools (HHEs), and other Minority Serving Institutions. This scholarship applies to Navy option students only.

Monterey Bay Officer Spouses Club Scholarship Award


These merit-based scholarships are available to military dependents of active-duty, retired, or deceased military members living in the Monterey County area or military dependents of Naval Postgraduate School alumni living anywhere. A scholarship is also available to a military dependent seeking a degree in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

Nam Knights of America


The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club established the Nam Knights M/C Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of fallen military veterans and law enforcement officers, who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The scholarship is open to New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents only.

National Military Fish and Wildlife Association


The purpose of the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Scholarship is to provide financial aid to wildlife and fisheries biologists, botanists, ecologists, range conservationists, foresters, and/or wildlife law enforcement agent-oriented students. Anyone who will have junior, senior or graduate level standing at a college or university is eligible to apply.

NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship


The military scholarship was created to increase the number of counselors available to serve military personnel and families suffering from a shortage of available mental health professionals. The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the military scholarships for service members, veterans and their spouses pursuing a career in professional counseling.

NEHA/AAS Scholarship


The purpose of the NEHA/AAS Scholarship program is to encourage early commitment by students to a career in EH and to stimulate past and present graduates to pursue postgraduate studies in EH sciences and/or public health. The program offers financial assistance to individuals with a demonstrable need, and serves to introduce adequately trained professionals into the EH.

New Hampshire Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans


The New Hampshire Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans is for students whose parent(s) died, while a NH resident, as the result of a service related disability while serving in the U.S. armed services in a combat situation. Eligible students are students between the ages of 16 and 25, who are legal residents of New Hampshire and whose mother or father served in the United States armed services during an approved period and either died while on active duty or died of a service connected disability and were residents of New Hampshire at the time of his or her death as certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration or as determined by the higher education commission.
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NROTC National Scholarship


In order to be eligible for a NROTC National Scholarship, you must be between the ages of 17 and 23, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and meet physical/medical requirements. Applicants may apply to one of three program options - Navy, Marine Corps, or Nurse.

NYSHESC Regents Award for Children of Veterans


Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans were created to provide financial aid to students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified times of national emergency. Students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, died, suffered a 40% or more disability, was classified as missing in action, or was a prisoner of war. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at the time of death.

Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program


Provides 100 percent tuition to Ohio National Guard members attending a two- or four- year public college or university. Participants must commit to and/or complete a six-year enlistment in the Ohio National Guard. New enlistees must complete basic training and obtain a military job skill to qualify for a scholarship.

Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver Program


The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver is established as an incentive for qualified young men and women to join the Oklahoma National Guard and as a means to retain skilled, productive citizens within the state.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company Veterans ERG Scholarship


Veterans Employee Resource Group shares a vision of excellence through leadership. Part of our mission is to act on behalf of veterans, both within PG&E and the communities we touch.

Park Foundation Scholarship


Two awards are given to full-time students, one male and one female. Recipient must be either a single female, head-of-household student with dependents; a single male, head of household with dependents; or a Vietnam veteran who no longer has access to educational benefits and has a GPA of at least 3.0. Student must be a custodial parent and must demonstrate financial need.

Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired Inspiration Scholarship


The Lint Center for National Security Studies is pleased to announce the Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, (Retired) Inspiration Scholarship. Lieutenant General Hughes' career serves as an example to today's scholars. We hope his life story and our scholarship will embolden the next generation of emerging leaders to follow Lieutenant General Hughes path in the national security career field. His career included military, federal civilian service, and as a federal contracting executive. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Pro Vets Memorial Scholarship


ProVets is as an independent organization whose primary purpose is to provide financial help to veterans and their families needing professional and/or academic assistance through grants and scholarships. Scholarships for Veterans is administered by ProNet International Gifts & Scholarships, Inc., a 501(C)(3) public charity that seeks to assist veterans and their families fulfill their educational goals.

Purple Heart Scholarship Fund


Higher education is expensive and can run into the tens of thousands of dollars per year. The Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill both provide a strong foundation for educational finance, but even these solid tools often fall short of footing the bill. This scholarship program provides financial support to service men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart and are college-bound.

Raytheon Patriot Scholarship


The Raytheon Patriot Scholarship supports U.S Army student veterans who are entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of undergraduate study or are enrolled in a graduate program. Students must demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community and a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study.

Rockwell Collins SVA STEM Scholarship


While a postsecondary degree or credential has become indispensable for entry into professional careers and the middle class, the cost of college continues to increase. Student Veterans of America is proud to partner with Rockwell Collins to award three $2,500 scholarships to student veterans that are interested in pursuing a STEM degree path.

Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association


Children and grandchildren of Seabees qualify for an SMSA scholarship. Seabees are enlisted personnel with a Seabee rating, CEC Officers, others who have served or are serving in a Naval Construction Force (Seabee) unit. Seabees can be active, reserve, retired, deceased or honorably discharged.

Second Marine Division Association Memorial Scholarship


The Second Marine Division Association Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship grant in the form of a check made payable to the applicant and the school. Applicants must reapply each year. In recent years, the value of the grant has averaged $1,000 per year.

SGM Douglas R. Drum Memorial Scholarship


The Sergeant Major Douglas R. Drum (SGM) Memorial Scholarship was developed to honor the Founder and first National President of The American Military Retirees Association (AMRA). Scholarships are funded by donations to the American Military Retirees Foundation from AMRA members in honor of SGM Douglas R.Drum.

Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP)


The purpose of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program is to encourage students to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard, the United States Coast Guard, or the United States Merchant Marine, or to become commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States.

Tillman Scholars Program


The scholarship assists with academic expenses, including tuition and fees, books, and living expenses for U.S. veterans and active duty service members of all branches of the U.S. Military including the National Guard and Reserve. Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members (including surviving spouses) are also eligible.

TKE Michael & Candy Yakimo Scholarship


Frater Yakimo was initiated into Beta-Eta Chapter at Missouri University of Science and Technology on February 7, 1965, and graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with an engineering degree. He went on to law school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, graduating in 1976. Frater Yakimo is self-employed as a patent attorney in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tuition and Fee Waivers for Guard Members


The Massachusetts National Guard Education Assistance Program provides a 100% tuition and fee waiver for Massachusetts National Guard soldiers attending a state college, university, or community college program. Generally, these state-supported programs are offered during the day as part of a degree program.

U.S. Army Loan Repayment Program


U.S Army Loan Repayment Program helps servicemen repay qualified student loans. Out of all the service branches, the Army's CLRP benefits package is typically regarded as the best, since it provides up to $65,000 in lifetime student loan forgiveness. The benefit is doled out on an annual basis, beginning as soon as a Soldier completes his first year of qualifying service, and provided at a rate of either 33.33% of his or her loan's outstanding principle balance, or $1,500, whichever amount is greater.

U.S. Navy Loan Repayment Program


The Navy will pay for up to $65,000 of qualified loans acquired from a post-secondary education. To be eligible for this enlisted program the loan cannot be in default and it must be the applicant's first enlistment. The LRP is available to all active duty Navy enlisted positions.

Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Scholarship


RJT Criminal Defense is offering two educational scholarships annually to United States veterans with PTSD. Each of the scholarships is in the amount of $1,000, the funds to be paid for tuition for secondary education, college (or community college), or trade school. Applicants need not currently be students in order to qualify for an award.

VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship


The VFW and one of its major supporters, Sport Clips Haircuts, have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW 'Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship' will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt.

Virginia Military Survivors & Dependents Education Program


The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

VOLT Military & Family Appreciation Scholarship Award


VOLT Lighting offers a twice-yearly scholarship to honor family members of the United States military. Eligible applicants include the following: Active duty and retired U.S. military servicemen and women and immediate family members, ages 16 to 25. Essay required. See site for further details.

Warrior Women in Leadership Program


The Warrior Women in Leadership program provides leadership development programming and financial assistance to women seeking a full-time residential degree at Waldorf University. These scholarships, up to full tuition, will be awarded to several women based on their leadership potential and membership in campus organizations and clubs.

WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship


In honor of Veterans Day this year, WGU is offering the Salute to Veterans Scholarship, worth up to $2,500, to retired military personnel, veterans, reservists, and military spouses and children.

William 'Joe' Gainey E-9 Scholarship


In honor of William 'Joe' Gainey for his 33 years of loyal and dedicated service to the mission and to our Nation, Trident University is offering a graduate degree scholarship to all eligible E-9 active duty, reserve, and National Guard members currently serving in the U.S. Armed Services.

William and Patsy Zorn Veterans Scholarship Fund


High School senior graduating from a public high school within Shelby County, Ohio, with a 3.5 GPA or greater, and who will be attending an accredited four-year college or university (other than Wright State University) in the coming academic year.

Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Scholarship


The Women's Army Corps Veterans Association Scholarship has been established to recognize relatives of Army Service Women. Students must be a U.S. citizen and a high school graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Women's Overseas Service League


Women's Overseas Service League scholarship assistance may be granted to women who: Are committed to advancement in military or other public service careers; Have demonstrated such commitment through life experiences; Have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of study in any institution of higher education in a program leading to an academic degree, associate degree or higher.

Wounded Warrior Scholarship Program


Colorado Technical University's Wounded Warrior Scholarship was established in 2008 in partnership with the Yellow Ribbon Fund. The program fully covers the cost of education at CTU for active duty servicemembers and veterans who were injured while serving our country, as well as the spouses of wounded service members and veterans.

Wright Patterson Officers' Spouses' Club Scholarship


The purpose of WPOSC Scholarships is to supplement higher education for military dependents. The applicant must be a bona fide dependant of an active duty U.S. military member or full-time reservist currently assigned to WrightPatterson AF; or a deceased, retired, POW or MIA U.S. military member residing within 100 miles of Wright-Patterson AFB; or an active duty international military member current assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Young Americans Overseas Travel Abroad Scholarship


The Young Americans Overseas scholarship is to support military students, students from military families, and low-income students. To qualify for the travel abroad scholarships students must be attending university full-time or part-time. The scholarship will cover airline flight to Europe.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/index.asp

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