Talk to Your high school counselor! Scholarship providers often send information to high school counselors and many high schools post scholarship opportunities/deadlines on a bulletin board or on their website. In addition, NSPA recommends the following scholarship search tools:
Students should never pay for scholarship or financial aid information. Services that ask for payment are often scams, and even if they are not, there are many free resources available.
Local scholarships tend to have better odds for "winning" since you're usually competing against fewer students. $500 and $1,000 awards can add up so prioritize how much time you should spend on each application. For example, if a local foundation is awarding ten $1,000 scholarships and a big corporation is awarding one $10,000 scholarship, apply for both, but put more effort into the application for the local scholarship. Even though it's just $1,000, your chances of being selected are probably greater.
Apply for as many scholarships as possible! It's a BIG job! It takes a lot of work, but that work usually pays off. In addition to national listing services like College Board , check with local organizations like Kiwanis, Soroptimist, Rotary or Lions Clubs, as well as with local foundations in your area (community foundations, private foundations, etc.). If you know what field of study you plan to pursue, find out whether any professional associations (local, state, or national) in your desired field offer scholarships.
Yes, most colleges have an appeal process which might lead to a few more dollars towards your college expenses. If you've received your financial aid package, including any private scholarships you've been awarded, and the amount you still owe is more than your family can realistically afford, ask the college you hope to attend about options to appeal. Additional support is not guaranteed and we don't recommend taking advantage of this process if you don't actually need additional funding.
Students who apply for financial aid during the first three months of the FAFSA submission period (beginning October 1) tend to receive twice as much grant (free) money on average as students who apply later in the financial aid application process. Apply early to get first in line for funding opportunities from the school and the state. Many colleges have priority deadlines for filing the FAFSA, so be sure you meet those dates to receive the most funding possible. If you don't submit the FAFSA by a school’s priority deadline date, you may not be eligible for any aid from the federal government given through that college. Many scholarship providers ask for your FAFSA information as well. If you have questions about the FAFSA, contact your high school counselor(s) or the financial aid office at the college you are considering.
Award displacement occurs when one form of financial aid, such as an outside scholarship, results in a reduction in other forms of financial aid. Click here for more information and suggestions for how to mitigate displacement.
We’ve collected the following resources to help you better understand financial aid and the role it plays in helping you pay for college.
- Federal Student Aid Videos
- Federal Student Aid Facebook Page
- FAFSA Application
- Federal Student Aid Website
Usually. But not always. In order for a scholarship to be tax-free, the student receiving the scholarship must be a degree candidate at an eligible institution. In addition, the money must be used for qualified expenses, such as tuition and fees, books, supplies and equipment. If the scholarship is used for non-qualified expenses, it could be taxed. Non-qualified expenses include room and board, travel, food and other living expenses. A scholarship may also be considered taxable income if the student is not a degree candidate or if it is paid as wages. For more information about this and to see if your scholarship could be taxed visit:
Welcome Home Military Veterans Scholarship
The Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship
The Pat Tillman Foundation will be hosting an applicant information webinar next Tuesday, November 21st from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Central Time. If you can please share this opportunity with your eligible military veteran, active duty, and spouse students, or join yourself to learn more about the Pat Tillman Foundation and the Tillman Scholar opportunity. Please share this registration link with your networks.
The Pat Tillman Foundation unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of private and public sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The Tillman Scholar program supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities in all different fields. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $34 million dollars to more than 850 Tillman Scholars attending +166 universities and colleges across the country.
The Tillman Scholar Program has evolved into a world-class community accepting ~3.5 percent of applicants based exclusively on merit and potential for impact. The application is open to military service members, veterans, and spouses pursuing a full-time bachelor's, master’s, or professional degree at a US-based accredited institution. This social press kit has suggested social media messaging and additional applicant resources to easily share the Tillman Scholar opportunity with your network. Additionally, you will find this one-page overview which outlines eligibility and benefits for the Tillman Scholars program.
The application will remain open until 11:59 p.m. PST on February 1st.
Again, please share this link with anyone you think would make a great candidate. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about the Tillman Scholar Program or the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Allied.com Military Scholarship
Each scholarship is $1,000 and will be awarded to a few students pursuing a degree in logistics, supply chain management, engineering, business, or a similar field that could lead to a career related to logistics.
I hope military students could find this helpful and would appreciate it if you would consider including it in your list of scholarships. The application form and additional details can be found here:
Student Veterans of America
General Eligibility Requirements:
** See SVA’s Scholarship Page for most up to date eligibility/application requirements including award specific requirements at www.studentveterans.org/scholarships
At Study.com, we aspire to make education accessible to everyone, and that means supporting all members of our community, including active duty service members, veterans, and their families. With this in mind and in honor of Military Appreciation Month, we have also developed a $500 scholarship for military children! Students can apply now through July 1st.
A variety of scholarships are available to veterans and their spouses and families.
Academic Top Scholars (ATS) – Accessible to all dependent children, age 24 and under, and all spouses of Active-Duty U.S. military Service Members are eligible to apply for scholarships with ThanksUSA
AFCEA Educational Fund – afcea.org/education/scholarships. Provides $2,000 to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree while employed in the science or technology disciplines directly related to the mission of AFCEA.
Air Force Aid Society General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) – Administered by the Air Force Aid Society that provides tuition assistance to the spouses of active-duty U.S. Air Force service members residing overseas. worldwidelearn.com/military/Family.
Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program afas.org/Education – Provides $2,000 grants 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 (stateside) of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies.
American Legion Auxiliary Department Scholarship – Applicant must be sponsored by an Auxiliary Unit, be the child of an honorably discharged Veteran, be a Florida resident, and attend school in Florida.
American Legion Legacy Scholarship – Available for children or legally adopted children of active duty U.S. military and Guard, and Reserve personnel who were federalized and died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
American Legion Scholarship – American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students. Available to current dues paying (for past two years) member of the American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion who is a student who has had at least one year of college and is in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate degree.
America’s Child – Higher Education Assistance – americaschild.org – Established to provide college education and welfare assistance to the surviving children of military heroes who have already given their lives in patriotic service to their country fighting our nation’s war against terrorism as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Philippines, Operation Iraqi Freedom or future conflicts.
AMVETS – Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to Veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, who are seeking new skills in order to be competitive in the job market.
AMVETS National Scholarship Program – Available to financially assist Veterans who have exhausted government aid, or who might not otherwise have the financial means to continue their education.
AMVETS Scholarships – Annually awards scholarships to Veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased Veteran is also eligible.
Ankin Law Office Scholarship for Military Veterans– Scholarships of $1,000 each are offered to Military Veterans or immediate family members and Disabled Veterans. These scholarships differ from most others as the veteran can choose between trade/vocational schools, 2 year or 4 year universities.
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Scholarship – Scholarships of $2,500 each are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. Military Veterans (to include Reservists and National Guard personnel) of the Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom operations. Candidates must be majoring in certain fields of study – see application for details.
Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarships for Military Children – afcrossroads.com/education – Offered to college-bound military children at installations served by a commissary. Open to qualified sons and daughters of U.S. military ID card holders to include active duty members, Reserve and Guard members, and retirees.
Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Scholarships – quad-a.org – For college-level education of members of the AAAA, and the spouses, unmarried siblings, unmarried children and unmarried grandchildren of current and deceased AAAA members.
Army Emergency Relief: Dependent Children Scholarship Program – The MG James Ursano Scholarship program is for dependent children of Service Members on federal active duty, retired, or deceased while in active or retired status.
Army Emergency Relief: Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program – To provide spouses of active duty and retired Service Members and widows(ers) of Service Members who died either on active duty or in a retired status, and residing in the U.S. with need-based financial assistance in pursuing educational goals.
Army Scholarship Foundation – armyscholarshipfoundation.org/scholarships – One-year financial scholarships awarded on the basis of academic record and participation in school and community activities
Army Women’s Foundation – The Army Women’s Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship Program offers financial support in four areas: Certificate programs, Community College coursework, Undergraduate Degrees, and Graduate Degrees. Scholarships are awarded only for coursework from accredited institutions. Scholarships are based on merit, academic potential, community service, letters of recommendation, and need. Community College and Certificate Program Legacy Scholarships will be awarded up to $1,000. College, University, and Graduate Program Legacy Scholarships will be awarded up to $2,500.
Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund – cposf.org – For qualified family members of Chief Petty Officers including spouses and children (natural born, adopted or stepchildren).
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation – fallenpatriots.org/ – Providing college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in combat or accidents. Our vision is that every such child can have a debt-free college education.
Coast Guard Exchange System Scholarship Program – uscg.mil/mwr -Scholarships to students who are dependents of Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and military retired members, current civilian NAF and APF employees, and current Coast Guard Auxiliarists that meet eligibility requirements.
Collects and disburses donations in support of Service Members and their Families in need, including assistance with airfare, special medical attention, college tuition for the children of Service Members and more.
Colonel Christie Marine Corps Scholarship – Monthly stipend given to a former enlisted Marine leaving the Marine Corps to attend a four-year institution. This award recognizes a Marine who has demonstrated exceptional courage and integrity in the face of great obstacles.
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation – grants are available, on a competitive basis, to high school or college children/stepchildren (unmarried, under age 24 at time of deadline) of: (1) members or former members of the Submarine Force who have qualified in submarines and have served in the Submarine Force for at least eight years; or of (2) Navy members who have served in submarine support activities (e.g., submarine bases, tenders, and rescue vessels) for a minimum of ten years.
Fallen Warrior Scholarship Fund – Established to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to U.S. military Family members of our Fallen Warriors in their pursuit of higher education.
Fisher House Foundation Scholarship Programs – militaryscholar.org – Open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers.
Folds of Honor Foundation (FHF) provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of Service Members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation. Can be applied to schooling now or held by Folds of Honor on behalf of young children until needed at the time of enrollment. foldsofhonor.com/
Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund – Students are eligible if they are the dependent child of an active duty Service Member who was killed or permanently disabled (100%) rating as the result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA.
Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships – Open to dependent unmarried children under age 23 of those who have died or have become disabled through their active military service on or after September 11, 2001.
Hope for the Warriors – hopeforthewarriors.org The Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship program identifies, recognizes, and rewards spouses/caregivers for their strength, fidelity, and resolve despite adversity. Scholarships aid in continued education at a reputable, accredited university, college, or trade school for spouses/caregivers as they assume critical roles in the financial well being of their Families.
Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship – scholarships4students.com/ – Awarded to Veterans who have served under the United States Military Operation in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operation Iraqi Freedom beginning Sept. 11, 2001 or later.
Huebner Scholarships Competitive scholarships for children and grandchildren of former members of the Division as well as children of active-duty 1st Infantry Division Service Members.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant -A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.
JOANNE HOLBROOK PATTON MILITARY SPOUSE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Administered by the National Military Family Association (NMFA). Fisher House Foundation contributes $100,000 to the NMFA in order to expand the number of scholarship grants awarded each year
John A. Keller Scholarship scholarships4students.com. Available to dependents of members in good standing of the Chief Warrant Officers Association. Additional Information http://www.cwoauscg.org/scholarship.htm .
Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association – la-fra.org Helping deserving students reach their educational and professional goals for decades, presenting annual awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing college and graduate degrees.
Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. – mclef.org – Assistance primarily rendered to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving our country at home or abroad. These funds enable us to provide these children with scholarships for their higher education. When a child of a United States Marine is afflicted with a physical or mental disability and requires special medical equipment or tutoring, our Foundation may grant financial assistance to that Family if their personal insurance does not cover the complete cost of treatment for this child.
Marine Corps League – Scholarship Program – mclfoundation.org/scholarship – Over three hundred scholarship grants are given annually to applicants. The foundation has started a blocked scholarship fund to build a trust to assist in the funding of its regular scholarship program. Scholarships are applied for and awarded by the Marine Corps League Scholarship Committee using applications and standards developed by that committee.
Military Officers Association of America Scholarships and Grants – Visit the MOAA Scholarships and Grants site for information on a variety of different scholarships, grants and interest-free loans.
Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship – Available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a Veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) – : military.com – Provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields.
Military Spouse Fellowship Program for Financial Counseling – afcpe.org– FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s 2010 Military Spouse Fellowship gives spouses the training they need to earn the Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) designation, which gives them marketable job skills and provides them with the knowledge and tools they need to help military Families overcome financial challenges.
National Guard Educational Foundation (NGEF) – NGEF, DRS Technologies Create College Scholarship For Children of Fallen National Guardsmen: The National Guard Educational Foundation (NGEF) created a college scholarship fund for the children of more than 650 National Guardsmen killed in the war on terrorism. DRS Technologies, Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., will provide up to $6,250 per year to selected students attending a four-year institution or a two-year program at a community college or technical school.
“The DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund drsfoundation.net/guard is open to any high school or college student who is a son or daughter of a Guardsman killed in an operational or training mission in support of operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom or New Dawn.
National Military Family Association (MNMFA) Military Spouse Scholardhip Program – NMFA Awarded only to military ID-carrying Uniformed Services’ spouses (active duty, retiree, Reserve, National Guard, and/or survivor
National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program – Awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school.
Navy League of the United States – Currently, the Navy League Foundation has a total of 25 endowed scholarships. Navy League Councils across the United States provide additional scholarships to students and Sea Cadets in their cities and regions.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Programs – NBCC Foundation – The NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship Program is designed to encourage Service Members and Veterans to pursue careers in professional counseling. The program provides financial support to students who enroll, or seek to enroll, in a CACREP accredited counseling program during or after military service, and who commit to serving military personnel.
Scholarship Program was established in 1986 to help members and their immediate Families gain post-secondary education from accredited colleges and universities across America. Since the program’s inception, the organization has funded $319,000 in scholarship awards.
Patriot Scholarship divinemercy.edu/financial-aid–This 10% tuition scholarship is for students enrolling in a new program of study at Divine Mercy University who are eligible veterans, active duty military, reservists, retired military, and/or spouse/dependents of the same.
Patriot Legacy Fund patriotlegacyfund.org/scholarships – provides post-secondary educational scholarships for the dependent children of service-disabled veterans. Scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $2,500 and $5,000 to eligible applicants.
Pat Tillman Foundation – Individuals eligible for the Leadership Through Action – Tillman Military Scholars program include Veterans and active Service Members of both pre- and post- 9/11 service; Service Members who wish to start, finish, or further their education; Service Members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve); Service Members pursuing undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, two-year, four-year, public, private, vocational, and trade degrees or certifications; and dependents of Service Members (children and spouses).
Posse Veterans Program – possefoundation.org/. A national college access and leadership program for post-9/11 GI Bill-eligible veterans. Selected Posse Veterans Scholars attend top-tier, selective US colleges/universities in teams of 10 and are guaranteed four years of full tuition funding after GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon benefits are applied. Posse Veterans Scholars have access to top internships, career coaches, a diverse professional network, and comprehensive training for leadership positions in the workforce. Current college/university partners: Vassar College (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), the University of Virginia (VA), and the University of Chicago (IL).
Ranger Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund – rangermemorial.com/forms/scholarship. The National Ranger Memorial Foundation, Inc. serves U.S. Army Rangers of all eras through recognition in a granite monument, display of Hall of Fame members, scholarships to deserving individuals, and assisting Ranger Families
Reserve Aid – iava.org/content/reserve-aid – reserveaid.org – 972-383-8080 – Committed to providing financial support to the Families of Reserve Service Members from all services, who have been called to active duty and are experiencing financial difficulty.
Retired Enlisted Association – The Retired Enlisted Association’s (TREA) National Scholarship program. TREA members are proud to be able to offer these scholarships to our Nations high school student. The program is open to any high school student.
Rosewood Family Scholarship – Applicant must be a direct descendant of Rosewood Families affected by the incidents of January 1924. Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application is required for verification. Applicant must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made. Tuition and fees up to $4,000.
Scholarship awards are $5,000 to be made co-payable to the scholarship recipient’s institution for payment of tuition, books and supplies and may be reapplied for up to four years for a maximum of $20,000. The application process is the same for new applicants and renewals.
Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service Members – The Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service Members (CSDDV) provides scholarships for dependent children or un-remarried spouses of Florida Veterans or Service Members who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service connected 100% permanent and total disabilities. CSDDV also provides funds for dependent children whose parent is classified as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the Armed Forces of the United States or as civilian personnel captured while serving with the consent or authorization of the United States Government during wartime service. CSDDV provides funding for tuition and registration fees at an eligible postsecondary institution or the equivalent at an eligible private postsecondary institution in Florida.
Scholarships for Military Children – The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military Families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military Family community. If your mother or father is active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military personnel or you are the survivor of a deceased member, and you have a military dependent I.D. card you can apply!.
Selby Scholarship – Applicant must be a resident of DeSoto, Manatee, or Sarasota County in Florida, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be eligible for financial aid.
Society of the Daughters of the United States Army (DUSA) – dodea.edu/students – Academic scholarships for college education.
Society of the First Infantry Division – – 1stid.org/foundation – for children of Service Members killed in combat or training accidents while serving in a unit assigned or attached to the 1st Infantry Division and authorized to wear the 1st Infantry Division patch.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation College Scholarship – specialops.org – the scholarship program process starts in the 10thgrade.
Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) – www.afas.org/Education/STAP.cfm – partial tuition assistance for spouses of Active Duty airmen or officers, who accompany members to overseas locations and wihttp://www.afas.org/Education/STAP.cfmll be attending college programs. The focus of the program is on the completion of degree or certificate programs that provide increased occupational opportunities for spouses.
Tailhook Education Foundation – tailhook.org/Foundation – must be a high school graduate and the natural, step, or adopted son, daughter or grandchild of a current or former Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, or Naval Aircrewman. Also eligible are individuals or children of individuals who are serving or have served on board a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier in ship’s company or the air wing.
That Others May Live Scholarships – thatothersmaylive.org/ – scholarships, Family counseling, and aid to surviving children of United States Air Force (USAF) Rescue Heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice during a Rescue mission, training, or other Personnel Recovery (PR) collateral mission.
The AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military Veterans (to include Reservists and National Guard personnel) of the Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Iraqi Freedom Operations. Candidates must be currently enrolled and attending either a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States. Candidates must be majoring in the following or related fields: electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering, computer engineering technology, computer information systems, information systems management, computer science, physics, mathematics, or science or mathematics education.
The Bonsai Finance Veteran’s Scholarship The scholarship celebrates veteran and dependent students who strive for excellence in their lives and provides a one-time payment of $2,500 for current or future education costs. For details visit, bonsaifinance.com/veterans-scholarship/
The Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association Scholarship Established to recognize relatives of Army Service Women. This scholarship is based upon academic achievement and leadership as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement. armywomen.org
The Fund for Veterans Education – To help meet the cost associated with higher education for Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001 and who are now enrolled in college or vocational-technical school.
ThanksUSA Scholarships – Academic Top Scholars (ATS) – Accessible to all dependent children, age 24 and under, and all spouses of Active-Duty U.S. military Service Members are eligible to apply for scholarships .
Tillman Military Scholarships – VeteransScholarships – To support educational opportunities for Veteran and active Service Members and their dependents (children and spouses). Intended to cover direct study-related expenses such as tuition, fees, and books, as well as other needs such as room and board and child care.
Undergraduate Scholarship Program – CIA – www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities -If you are a high school senior planning to enroll in a 4-or 5-year college program, or you are a college freshman or sophomore enrolled in a 4-or 5-year college program, who is looking for career experience in a dynamic environment, apply to the CIA’s Undergraduate Scholar Program and contribute to the work of the nation before you graduate.
VA Mortgage Center Scholarship – An ongoing scholarship offer for students with military affiliation, ROTC, and children of military members.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Scholarship Programs – The Veterans of Foreign Wars has several scholarship programs across the nation. Visit the site to learn more or contact your local VFW.
VFW Military Scholarships – The VFW’s Military Scholarship program provides 25 $3,000 scholarships annually to VFW members who are currently serving in uniform or have been discharged within the 36 months before the December 31 deadline.
Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation – wingsoveramerica.us – To provide college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of all US Navy – officer and enlisted – active duty, retired or deceased who served within Naval Air Forces. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic merit and community service.
Army ROTC Scholarships
Eligibility Requirements: The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) offers full scholarships to more than 1,000 participating schools. The ROTC's monthly stipends may also help offset the cost of education.
College Loan Repayment Program
Eligibility Requirements: Applicants entering the Army may qualify for this program, which helps repay up to 15% of education-related loans, including Stafford loans and Perkins loans. Only soldiers with a qualifying Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) can participate in the program. Applicants should contact their recruiter for a current list of qualifying MOSs.
Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Supporting current or former members of the Air and Space Forces, Reserves, or Air National Guard, this scholarship helps pay for flight training, undergraduate, or graduate education.
Eligibility Requirements: The Navy League of the United States offers a variety of scholarship options for active-duty sea service men and women and to active members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
AFBA NGAUS Active Life Member Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Active members of the National Guard Association of the United States may compete for this scholarship, which supports full-time students. Graduate, undergraduate, and post-graduate learners may all qualify.
Coast Guard Foundation Enlisted Education Grants
Eligibility Requirements: Enlisted Coast Guard members can apply for this grant, which helps offset the cost of books, technology, and other education-related expenses. Sponsored by the Coast Guard Foundation, this grant may cover technical education costs and academic programs.
Scholarships Offered by Universities and Schools
Military members and veterans pursuing their education at a college, university, or bootcamp may qualify for institutional financial aid. In addition to military discounts and federal aid, many schools offer scholarship funds to help cover educational expenses. The opportunities below are just a few of the resources available.
Military Retraining Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Current service members looking to retrain in software development can access this scholarship through Coding Dojo, a cybersecurity and coding bootcamp. Applicants should discuss this opportunity's requirements with their admission representative.
CTU Patriot Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Colorado Technical University offers a full scholarship to both online and on-campus students. Recipients must be active service members or honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants need to hold a disability rating at or over 30%.
Amount: Full Tuition
Military Active-Duty and Reservist Commitment Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Arizona State University offers this scholarship to undergraduate students who are active members of the military or reserves. Applicants must study online and hold a GPA of 2.0 or better. Both Arizona residents and nonresidents may qualify.
Heroes Fund Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Service members and honorably discharged Gulf War veterans at Liberty University may qualify for this scholarship. Applicants need to have been awarded a Purple Heart or a 50-100 percent disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Recipients must be pursuing their first associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, or certificate.
Edward Nassar Veterans Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: The Southern New Hampshire University Alumni Association created this scholarship in memory of Edward Nassar, a veteran and student. The selection criteria includes both academic excellence and financial need. Applicants need at least a 2.8 GPA.
Alumni Association Scholarship for U.S. Military Veterans
Eligibility Requirements: Georgia State University students in good academic standing who are veterans may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence
The Colonel W. Patrick Naylor Military Endowed Scholarship Fund
Eligibility Requirements: Graduate or undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina who are wounded warriors, veterans, or spouses or widow(er)s of qualifying veterans may apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Preference goes to Air Force personnel.
Scholarships Offered by Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit organizations support veterans and members of the military in a variety of ways, including paying for higher education. Some organizations also seek to serve nontraditional students, which may include veterans. The list below represents a small sample of available scholarships.
The Pat Tillman Foundation
Eligibility Requirements: Veteran and active-duty military service members, including members of the National Guard, along with current or surviving spouses may apply. Applicants must complete the FAFSA and provide proof of military service. The foundation supports both graduate and undergraduate students.
AMVETS National Service Foundation
Eligibility Requirements: A Congressionally chartered veterans service organization, AMVETS offers a variety of scholarships, including one for current or active members of the military. Applicants must attend a four-year college or university and demonstrate financial need.
Boundless Opportunity Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Created to support nontraditional students at 2-4 year colleges, these scholarships can help veterans entering or returning to college. Applicants must be legal residents of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming.
The Graydon and Myrth Fox Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Veterans who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces and who demonstrate financial need may apply for this resource. The scholarship accepts applications from students pursuing a degree at an accredited college, university, or trade school.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship Program
Eligibility Requirements: Members of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and their spouses may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must also be pursuing a degree either full or part time at an accredited university or college in the U.S.
Scholarships Offered by For-Profit Organizations
Many companies show their support for America's soldiers by offering scholarships. Typically, recipients do not have to work for these institutions to receive funding. The list below provides a glimpse into the options available.
Help A Hero Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: SportsClips Haircuts raises money throughout the year to provide veterans and service members with support for higher education. Applicants can come from any branch of the service and may study one of several approved fields, including computer science.
Bonsai Finance Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Bonsai Finance offers this scholarship to both veterans and active members of the U.S. military. Recipients must plan to pursue an undergraduate degree or a program at a technical institution. Applicants must not already hold a bachelor's degree.
Google SVA Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Student Veterans of America collaborates with Google to provide this scholarship. Applicants must pursue a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field. They must also maintain a strong academic performance and be enrolled full time.