Scholarship List

There are many scholarships available to members of the Veterans and Military Community at IOWA.

Please take a look and see if one is right for you.

General Scholarships

These scholarships are based off of Veteran and Military affiliated status.  

Please see below for details and eligibility requirements.

General Scholarships Content

Website: American Legion Auxiliary

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Description: Getting a job or staying competitive in today’s workplace involves showing employers you have the skills and experience to get the job done. In many cases, returning to college is a must. The American Legion Auxiliary's goal is to do all we can to make that happen, and that’s what the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship is all about. This scholarship helps people who are part of The Legion Family pursue a college degree later in life or allow them to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted. If you’re at this place in life, this may be the right scholarship for you.

Scholarship Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion.
  • Dues must have been paid for the two preceding years and for calendar year in which the application is made.
  • Applicant may be pursuing training in a certified, trade, professional, or technical program, or a two-year or four-year degree program.

 

Website: American Veterans (AMVETS)

Deadline: April 2020 (Check website for official schedule)

Description: All scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, and merit. The scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance for veterans, service members, and families that have exhausted government aid, or who might not otherwise have the financial means to further their education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must provide evidence of active duty status or veteran status having served honorably
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED*
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment to an eligible program
  • Must not be in default on a federal student loan
  • Must not be convicted under state or federal law for sale of or possession of illegal drugs
  • Must agree to authorize AMVETS to publicize your scholarship award, if you are selected
     

 

Website: Ankin Law Office

Deadline: 2020 Scholarships open in late fall; due July 2020 for a September 2020 award.

Description: The Ankin Law Office Annual Scholarship for Military Veterans recognizes the sacrifice our veterans and their families have made for our country. Part of that sacrifice includes delaying education and training to serve our country. We hope this $1,000 scholarship will help the award recipient transition to a civilian career. The funds will be used for tuition and books only and be paid directly to the award recipient’s educational institution. A committee will select the winner based on the essay submitted on the topic below. This scholarship is open to military veterans of the United States Armed Forces and immediate family members (parents, children) who will be enrolled full-time in fall 2019 in an accredited community college or university (undergraduate or graduate), earning credits toward a degree (associate, baccalaureate, or graduate).  Trade or vocational programs will also qualify. 

Application Requirements: 

  • Write an essay of 1,000 words or less on the topic below and publish it on your blog.
  • The winner must provide proof of military service or if a family member, proof of the relationship to the veteran and proof of military service. If not active, the military member must have been discharged honorably.
  • The winner consents to the use of his or her picture and other basic information on the winner page of the Ankin Law Office website.

 

Website: Council of College and Military Educators

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Description: The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) is pleased to offer $1000 scholarships each year to United States Service members (active duty/veterans) and spouses of Service members who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees.

All applicants must submit the CCME Scholarship Application, transcripts, and two recommendation forms. Complete and submit your online application and then send your essay, transcript, and two recommendation forms to scholarship@ccmeonline.org.

Eligibility Requirements: 

CCME Joe King Scholarship (5 awards)

  • be a uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution.
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from your current institution.
  • submit two (2) recommendation forms (form must be used) to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

CCME Loretta Cornett-Huff Scholarship (5 awards)

  • be the spouse of a uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard, veteran)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program in a regional or nationally accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution.
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from your current institution.
  • submit two (2) recommendation forms (form must be used) to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

CCME Veteran Scholarship (5 awards)

  • be a prior uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution.
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from your current institution
  • submit two (2) recommendation forms (form must be used) to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.
  • submit a copy of DD-214
     

Website: Pat Tillman Foundation

Application Opens: February 1, 2020 

The Tillman Scholar program is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Veteran and active duty service members from all branches of the military including National Guard and Reserves who have served in pre- and post-9/11 service areas
  • Current spouses of veteran or active duty service members, including surviving spouses 
  • Spouses, veterans and service members who apply must be a full-time student pursuing one of the following degrees at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution: 
  • An undergraduate degree (or above)
  • A graduate or professional degree

Please note: Strong applicants demonstrate clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential and a deep desire to create positive change. They believe their best years of service to our country are still ahead of them, and they are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world. 

Website: Sacramento Region Community Foundation

Deadline: March 2020 (Check website for updated deadline)

Description: Sarah Bonnifield chose that the majority of her estate be left for the benefit of several veteran organizations and other nonprofit organizations including the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 500. The Sarah A. Bonnifield Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Fund was established by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 500 to honor Sarah Bonnifield in perpetuity by providing financial support in the form of a scholarship each year to a Vietnam Veteran or a dependent or relative of a Vietnam Veteran.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a Vietnam Veteran or a dependent or relative of a Vietnam Veteran (relative may be a spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, nephew or niece)
  • Be pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university
  • Provide a copy of the Veteran’s DD214 or submit proof of military service
     

Website: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Deadline: Applications for the fall semester accepted January 1-April 30; applications for the spring semester accepted August 1-November 15

Description: The VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It’s just another way for us to say “thank you” to those who fought for our freedoms.

Scholarship Details:

  • Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants. 
  • Awarded scholarships are limited to one per family per semester. 
  • Applications for the fall semester will be accepted January 1 through April 30. 
  • Applications for the spring semester will be accepted August 1 through November 15. 
  • Fall semester scholarships will be awarded in August, and spring semester scholarships will be awarded in January. 
  • Scholarships must be used by the end of the school semester for which the veteran is applying or they will become null and void.
  • Scholarships are restricted for tuition and fees only and will be paid directly to accredited schools.   


Eligible Applicants Must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve.
  • Have completed Basic Training and follow-on training (Advanced Individual Training, technical school, etc.).
  • Separated with or currently hold a military rank of E-5 or below.
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • Participate in, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited post-secondary institution.
     

 

Scholarships Based on Degree Program 

The following scholarships are based on the degree program which you are enrolled in.

 

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Website: Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2019 

Description: Merit-based scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to: 

  • Persons on active duty in the uniformed military services
  • Honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (including Reservists and National Guard personnel)

who deployed abroad in support of one of the Overseas Contingency Operations (Operation Enduring Freedom; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation New Dawn; Operation Inherent Resolve; Operation Freedom's Sentinel).


Recipients must be currently enrolled and attending classes in an undergraduate program part time or full time in an eligible STEM major degree program at an accredited four year college or university in the U.S (see eligibility section paragraph 4 for list of acceptable STEM majors).


Distance-learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  1. U.S. citizen currently enrolled and attending a four-year accredited college or university in the United States as a sophomores or juniors at the time of application.  
  2. Freshman and senior level students are ineligible to apply.  You cannot apply the year you are graduating.Enrolled part time or full time in an eligible undergraduate degree program.
  3. An overall 3.0 GPA is required.
  4. Candidates must be majoring in the following C4I-related fields related to the mission of AFCEA: Biometry/Biometrics, Computer Engineering, Computer Forensics Science, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Systems, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geospatial Science, Information Science, Information Technology, Information Resource Management, Intelligence, Mathematics, Network Engineering, Network Security, Operations, Research, Physics, Robotics Engineering, Robotics Technology, Statistics, Strategic Intelligence, and Telecommunications Engineering
  5. Served in Overseas Contigency Operations (from 2003 to present) - provide DD214 or Certificate of Service. Paperwork must verify deployment. Remove SSN.

Website: Troops to Teachers: Proud to Serve Again

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Financial assistance in the form of a stipend or a bonus may be available to participants who meet military service requirements, program application timeframes, eligible employment, and if separated or retired, an honorable discharge. Additional conditions and restrictions apply. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Military service requirements and program application timeframes to receive financial assistance include: 

  • Retired from active duty on or after October 1, 1999 (must apply within three years from retirement date)
  • Active duty member with approved date of retirement with one year or less remaining before retirement
  • Transferred to the Retired Reserve (must apply within three years from retirement date)
  • Retired or separated for a service-connected physical disability on or after January 8, 2002 (must apply within three years after separation from service).  Physical disability must be noted on service separation document, not a VA determination.
  • Individuals transitioning from active duty on or after January 8, 2002, that served four or more years of continuous active duty immediately before separation and executed a contract to serve for three or more years in a Selected Reserve unit (must apply within three years after active duty separation date)
  • Individuals that have completed six or more years of creditable service towards retirement on or after January 8, 2002 and executed a contract to serve for three or more years with a Selected Reserve unit (must apply within three years after active duty separation date)

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Website: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Applications Available: November 1, 2019 

Description: The Society’s Education Assistance Program offers interest-free loans and grants for undergraduate or graduate education at an accredited 2- or 4-year education, technical or vocational institution in the United States. This financial assistance is available for children of active duty, retired or deceased Sailors and Marines; and for spouses of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants MUST be one of the following:
  • child (under age 23 on May 1, 2020) of an active duty, retired or deceased Sailor or Marine
  • spouse of an active duty or retired Sailor or Marine
  • MECEP/MECP student

And all students MUST be:

  • Registered in DEERS (Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System)
  • Enrolled, or planning to enroll, as a full-time student for the entire year (Aug-May) at the same institution and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at a post-secondary, technical, or vocational institution that is: 
    • Located in the United States
    • Accredited by a regional/national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education
    • A participant in the U.S. Department of Education Title IV Financial Aid Programs
  • Have a cumulative 2.0 or better GPA on a 4.0 grade scale
  • Able to DEMONSTRATE FINANCIAL NEED

Program Details:

  • Interest free loans and grants range from $500 to $3,000 per academic year
  • Amount to be provided to each applicant will be determined by NMCRS
  • Funds are payable and provided to the student’s academic institution, not the student
  • Funds are to be used only for tuition, books, fees, room, and board
  • Repayment of interest free loans must be by military payroll allotment or EFT within 24 months of the loan disbursal and must begin September 1, 2020
  • Students must complete a new application for each academic year

 

Application, and ALL supporting documentation, must be postmarked no later than MAY 1, 2020!

Website: Google: Build your future

Deadline: 2019 applications closed; check back for 2020 application cycle 

Description: As part of our commitment to military veterans, Google established the Google SVA Scholarship in partnership with Student Veterans of America. The scholarship provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD for the upcoming school year and will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer.

Eligibility Requirements: 

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a college or university
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the United States for the following academic year
  • Maintain a strong academic performance
  • Pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field
  • A current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve) as proven by a DD-214 and transcript, or a student on Active Duty as proven by submission of Active Duty orders and a Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer indicating that you are currently in good standing with your unit and transcript
  • Has received an honorable discharge, or is in good standing with his/her branch of service
     

Scholarships By Branch: Army

The following scholarships are based off of service in the Army.

 

Scholarships By Branch: Army

Website: AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Deadline: Check back in January 2020 for 2020-2021 year application cycle

Description: The AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established to render financial assistance for the college-level education of members of the Army Aviation Association of America, Inc. (AAAA). The spouses, unmarried siblings, children and grandchildren of current and deceased AAAA members are also eligible. 100% of every dollar donated to the Scholarship Foundation goes to a scholarship or endowed principal based on the AAAA paying all overhead expenses for the Scholarship Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements: 

In order to apply for an AAAA Scholarship you must meet one of the following criteria: 

  • You must be a current member of the Army Aviation Association of America, or
  • the spouse of a current AAAA member or deceased member, or
  • the son or daughter of a current member or deceased member, or
  • the grandchild of a current member or deceased member, or
  • the unmarried sibling of a current member or deceased member.

In all the above instances, the member's effective date must be on or before May 1 of the previous year in which the applicant is seeking aid, unless the member is deceased. This requirement is waived for uniformed members of the Active Army, ARNG and USAR. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university or selected for fall entry as an undergraduate or graduate. No recipient can hold concurrent AAAA Scholarships.

Website: Army Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: Check back in January 2020 for 2020-2021 application cycle deadlines

Description: The Army Scholarship Foundation awards one-year financial scholarships (not grants or loans) on an annual basis to qualified and deserving students. The amount of award ranges from $500 to $2000 for undergraduate studies at accredited educational/technical institutions. Scholarship recipients may apply to renew their scholarships annually for a total of four years of higher education. Renewal is not automatic, but depends on academic performance and continued academic eligibility. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record and participation in school and community activities.

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must:

  • Be sons or daughters of regular active duty, active duty Reserve, or active duty National Guard U.S. Army members in good standing, OR
  • be spouses of serving enlisted regular active duty, active duty Reserve, or active duty National Guard U.S. Army members in good standing, OR
  • be sons or daughters of former U.S. Army members who received an honorable discharge or medical discharge, or who were killed while serving in the U.S. Army.
  • Be high school seniors, high school graduates, or registered as undergraduate students at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical institution.
  • Have a 2.0 grade point average on a 4 point system.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Not have reached their 24th birthday by the application deadline date in the year they apply if they are a child of an Army member.
  • Not have previously earned a bachelor's degree from a college or university.

 

Website: Army Women's Foundation

Deadline: Check back in Fall 2019 for the 2020-2021 application cycle, due in early January 2020. 

Description: 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. Community College Legacy Scholarships: Applicant must be a high school graduate with a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or GED and must be currently enrolled in an accredited community college.
  3. Certificate Program Legacy Scholarships: Applicant must be a high school graduate with a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or GED and must be currently enrolled in accredited Certificate granting institution.
  4. College and University Legacy Scholarships: Applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and have completed 30 credit hours of course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  5. Graduate Program Legacy Scholarships: Applicant must have achieved an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must be enrolled in or accepted into a Graduate level program — Masters or Doctoral.

Selection of the Legacy Scholarship recipient(s) are made by a Scholarship Committee appointed by the Board of Directors of the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation. Each level of scholarship award will be evaluated and considered separately by the USAWF Scholarship Committee who will also determine the number of scholarships awarded for each level and the amounts of each scholarship. Army women will be considered in one category and the children of Army women will be considered in a separate category. In this way, peers will compete with peers. Past AWF Legacy Scholarship recipients may receive a total of two awards in any category except Graduate Studies which may only receive one award. For example, a recipient may be selected and awarded one year for the University Scholarship award and the next year applies as a graduate student. They are eligible still for the one graduate studies award. The scholarship funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees, books, and school documented room and board. Scholarships are awarded only to students attending accredited institutions. The funds will be sent to the academic institution for documented expenses and must be used in the academic year awarded. The academic year of the award begins the Fall semester after the award announcement. These funds may not be used for prior academic expenses. If selected, AWF Legacy Scholarship recipients are to provide: a) a photograph and a statement for use in AWF publications, newsletter, website, social media, and marketing materials, etc. and b) follow-up information and feedback as to how the AWF scholarship assisted in their education for AWF research and marketing.


 

Website: Women's Army Corps Veterans Association - Army Women United (WACVA-AWU)

Deadline: February 2, 2020

Description: The Women's Army Corps Veterans Association Scholarship has been 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. A $1500.00 scholarship will be given annually. The recipient will be notified by mail or email. The check will be forwarded to the acceptance institution. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Is a United States Citizen.
  • Is a high school Graduating Senior, showing academic promise, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Include a letter from the high school attending, with transcripts.
  • Submit a biographical sketch and letter stating goals and how the scholarship will be used.
  • Applicants must plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States in pursuit of a degree course of study.
  • Applicants must be a child, grandchild, niece or nephew of an Army Service Woman, and must submit documentation of sponsor's military service.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Academic achievement.
  • Leadership ability as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement.
  • Biographical sketch.
  • Recommendations.

 

Scholarships by Branch: Air Force

These scholarships are based of of service in the Air Force.

Scholarships by Branch: Air Force

Website: Air Force Aid Society

Deadline: Check back in January 2020 for 2020-2021 application cycle

Description: The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program,also known as the Hap Arnold Grant, is the centerpiece of AFAS education support. The application process for the Arnold Education Grant serves as the platform for other key education support opportunities at the Society.

The Hap Arnold Grant is competitive in its needs-based selection criteria and is uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education costs.

Eligibility Requirements:

The Arnold Education Grant is available to applicants who fit one of the 3 following established criteria at time of application and throughout the award year:

1. Dependent* sons and daughters of U.S. Air Force members in one of the following categories:

  • Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve on extended active duty, and Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty. All members must be on active duty through December 1 of the academic year to be awarded
  • Retired due to length of active duty service or disability, or retired AGR/Reserve with 20+ satisfactory service years creditable for retired pay and placed on the USAF Reserve Retired List (no other retired classifications are considered eligible)
  • Deceased while on active duty or in retired status

*For financial aid purposes, a “dependent” student is one who will not reach age 24 during the award year; will not be a graduate or professional student; will not be a veteran; will not be in legal guardianship; will not be an orphan or ward of the court; will not be married or have legal dependents other than a spouse.
*For a student applying as a stepchild of a sponsoring member to be considered a “dependent”, student must either reside with the sponsoring member, or sponsoring member must provide more than half of student’s financial support. Proof of support will be required.

2. Spouses of active duty U.S. Air Force members and Title 10 AGR/Reserve on extended active duty. Member’s active duty must extend through December 1 of the academic year to be awarded. To be eligible, a spouse must be legally married to the member (not separated or pending divorce) at the time of application and disbursement of award.

3. Surviving spouses of U.S. Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status

And who also meet the following requirements:

  • Will be a high school graduate enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate student in the upcoming academic year
    • *Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses should check with their school official to verify their enrollment meets their school’s full-time status requirements
  • Will be enrolled or accepted in an accredited college, university or vocational/trade school approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in federal aid programs
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

 
NOTE – Awards are not automatically renewed. Students must re-apply and re-compete each year. Eligibility in future years requires previous grant recipients to demonstrate satisfactory progress by promotion in school grade level. Any applicant not meeting this requirement must provide college transcripts (unofficial) and statement of explanation upon request.


 

 

Website: Air Force Association 

Deadline: Applications accepted between December 1 and April 30

Description: Through AFA scholarships, caring organizations and individuals help students pursue their dreams of higher education with generous scholarships, awards, and grants. These programs exemplify the lifelong bond of Airmen and the commitment of our supporting community.

Eligibility Requirements:

Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship

This program was made possible by a bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Judith Burgstein in memory of their devoted son and AFA lifetime member, Colonel Aaron Burgstein. Family, friends, and colleagues have contributed additional funds.

The Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship was established to aid minor dependents of (officer or enlisted) Active Duty, veteran, or retired service members; reservists; or National Guard members of all branches pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university. Priority is given to dependents whose parent or guardian served for eight or more years, who have had a parent die while serving on Active Duty, or who have a parent classified as a wounded warrior through the Air Force Wounded Warrior program. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded annually.

 
Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial Scholarship

The Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial Scholarship provides $1,000 in financial assistance and recognition to an Active Duty, full-time Guard, or Reserve (officer or enlisted) Airman pursuing a master's degree in a non-technical field.

 
Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarships

The AFA Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship program awards two $2,500 scholarships annually to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue associate/bachelor undergraduate or graduate/postgraduate degrees.

 
Lt. Col. Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Lt. Col. Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti, and was established for minor dependents of Air Force Active Duty, Reserve, or Air National Guard enlisted Airmen pursuing an undergraduate STEM degree. A committee will award $5,000 to a student based upon several factors, including academics, character, and financial need.

 
Col. Loren J. and Mrs. Lawona R. Spencer Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible through a generous endowment from the Spencer estate. It provides $5,000 for Air Force personnel (officer or enlisted, Air Force civilian, full-time National Guard, and full-time Reserve) to pursue graduate-level education in management and administration fields in preparation for senior-level leadership roles.

 
John C. and Blanche Lee Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was made possible by a bequest from Mrs. Elizabeth L. Lindsay, widow of Lt. Col. John Lindsay, in memory of their children John C. and Blanche Lee Lindsay who passed away before Lt. Col. and Mrs. Lindsay. One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a child of members of the United States Air Force who are pursuing a college degree.


 

Scholarships by Branch: Marine Corps

The following scholarships are based off of service in the Marine Corps.

Scholarships by Branch: Marine Corps

Website: Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation 

Deadline: Applications available January 1- March 1

Description: Founded in 1962, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. For more than 55 years, we’ve been providing access to affordable education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsman attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs.

Eligibility Requirements: See website for details on each scholarship

Scholarships by Branch: Navy 

The following scholarships are based off of service in the Navy.

Scholarships by Branch: Navy

Website: Anchor Scholarship Foundation

Deadlines: Application opens in October 2019 for the 2020 application season

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

In the past 37y ears , Anchor Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to over 1,000 recipients. In 2018 alone, ASF awarded 43 scholarships (13 of which were renewable) valued at over $128,000. 

Anchor scholarships are awarded based upon an equal weighting of academic performance, character, extracurricular activities and financial need.  Endowed and administered scholarships have additional criteria; not every applicant is eligible for every endowed or administered scholarship. 

Eligibility Requirements:

There are several different types of scholarships; all of which can be applied for with ONE scholarship application.

Detailed information about specific scholarships can be found on the corresponding pages.

ALL recipients must submit the Anchor Scholarship application to be considered for ANY of these scholarships.   

Website: Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund

Deadline: 2020-2021 Applications open January 1, 2020 

Description: Where It All Began: In November 1994, the USS CHIEF (MCM14) was commissioned in honor of the dedicated service of the Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy, as well as for the honored wartime service of her namesake, USS CHIEF (AM315), and she sails today as a testament to that tradition.

The planning and all subsequent activities leading up to the commissioning was all Chief Petty Officer evolution. One of the significant results of the event was the creation of the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund (CPOSF). The fund came to fruition with the signing of the Charter of the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund in January 1998 at the U.S. Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) in Newport, Rhode Island.

Eligibility: Candidates submitting scholarship applications must, in the year of submission of their scholarship application: 

  • be about to graduate or have graduated from an accredited high school, or equivalent educational institution or have successfully earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) 
  • must intend to enter, or be currently enrolled in a community college, vocational college, college or university to complete the curriculum prescribed in or to be graduated with an AA, AS, BA or BS degree. 
  • must be the immediate family member of either an active duty, retired, reserve or deceased Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy (children may be natural, adopted or step-children) 

Website: Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: Check site in October 2019 for timeline updates

Description: Dolphin Scholarship Foundation grants are available, on a competitive basis, to high school or college children/stepchildren and spouses of members or former members of the submarine force or those who have served in submarine support activities.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant Eligibility

Dependent Children

  • Be a child or stepchild of a member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force
  • Be a high school senior or be currently enrolled as a student in a college or an accredited vocational or technical institute
  • Be unmarried and under the age 24 at the time of the application deadline, March 15
  • Intend to or be enrolled as a full-time student working toward an Associate's or Baccalaureate degree at a two or four year accredited university or college or be working toward vocational/technical certification at an accredited institute. Scholars attending any Military Service Academy are NOT eligible for the Dolphin Scholarship.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Be the dependent spouse of a member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force
  • Intend to or be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours per year in order to receive an Associate's or Baccalaureate degree at a two or four year accredited university or college or be working toward vocational/technical certification at an accredited institute.

Sponsor Eligibility
Sponsor must meet one (1) of the following requirements:

  • Sponsor must be qualified in submarines and served on active duty in the Submarine Force for a minimum of 8 years.
  • OR; Sponsor must have served on active duty in submarine support activities (e.g., submarine bases, tenders and rescue vessels) for a minimum of 10 years.

Restrictions on Eligibility

  • Former Dolphin Scholars who have received the maximum amount of scholarship funding ($13,600) are not eligible to apply for a vocational/technical scholarship.
  • Members of the immediate family of any employee of the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation are not eligible to receive a Dolphin Scholarship.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Years of service need not be consecutive; however, qualifying years must have been served on ACTIVE DUTY.  Time served as a Naval Academy or NROTC midshipman, in Officer Candidate School,  in "Boot Camp", or as a member of the inactive or Selected Naval Reserve cannot be used to establish eligibility.

Time in service requirement may be waived by DSF if Sponsor qualified in submarines and was medically disqualified (but still eligible to wear the Submarine Warfare insignia), discharged or retired due to injury or illness which occurred in the line of duty.

There is no minimum period of service for children of qualified submariners who were killed in the line of duty while serving in the Submarine Force.

 

Website: The Tailhook Association 

Deadline: Applications open on December 15 and due March 1. 

Description: Here is a quick review of our Tailhook Educational Foundation (TEF) scholarship process. Our scholarship application window is open each year from 15 December through 1 March. TEF’s scholarship committee, consisting of about 10 board members and academic professionals, reviews the 500–600 applications for several weeks. The more than 100 scholarship awardees receive notification in May of their selection to receive a TEF grant for the upcoming academic year. Applicants are eligible to receive scholarships each year they are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program. However, they must apply and compete for a TEF scholarship each year. Please believe us when we say the competition for these valuable TEF grants remains fierce. By June, the awardees are assigned to a specific scholarship, with our highest scoring awardees receiving TEF’s top valued scholarships. TEF issues the grant checks to each student via their school bursar office in August. TEF also updates our “Scholars and Donors” webpages in August with the latest list of scholarship awardees and sponsors.


Eligibility Requirements:

​High school graduate and child or grandchild of a current or former Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, 
or Air-crewman.

- Or - 

Children / grandchildren of individuals who served onboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. 

- And -

Accepted for undergraduate enrollment at an accredited college.

 

Website: Wings Over America

Deadlines: October 1, 2019, pre-qualification opens, due February 1. March 1 deadline for application submission. 

Description: The Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation is sponsoring over 50 scholarships to further the post secondary education of Navy dependents from the aviation community. Most scholarships are $3,800 and some are renewable. Scholarships can only be used for tuition charged by the college. This is for undergraduate work only and Reserve Officer Candidate Programs (full scholarship students including service academies) or any other full scholarship recipients are not eligible.

Eligibility Requirements:

DEPENDENT CHILDREN CANDIDATES

Children are defined as: natural born, adopted or stepchildren, unmarried, up to the age of 22 on March 1st of applying year. Those who are children (no grandchildren) of a sponsor must be graduates or graduating seniors of an accredited high school or an equivalent home school or institution and must plan to attend an accredited academic institution in the 2019-2020 school year. College students must be enrolled in a regionally accredited Trade/Technical School, College or University as a full time student taking a minimum of 12 credits in order to graduate with an A.A., A.S, B.A. or B.S degree or industry certification.  Children of a sponsor can receive up to four (4) awards.

DEPENDENT SPOUSE CANDIDATES

Those who are spouses of a sponsor must plan to be, or are currently enrolled in a regionally accredited Trade/Technical School, College or University as a full time or part time student, taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester (12 per year) in order to graduate with an A.A., A.S., B.A. or B.S. degree or industry certification. No scholarships are awarded for Graduate programs/study.

Should the scholarship recipient fail to maintain the required criteria (ex: dropping out) the scholarship award must be returned or reimbursed to the Foundation. Spouses may recieve an unlimited number of awards while pursuing an A.A., A.S., B.A. or B.S. degree.
 

 

Scholarships for Military Family Members 

Scholarships for Military Family Members

Website: Folds of Honor

Deadline: 2020-2021 application cycle begins February 1, 2020

Description: The Higher Education Scholarship program was established to provide post-secondary scholarship assistance for spouses and dependents of our nation’s service members. By standing in the financial gap of the more than one million dependents adversely affected by war, Folds of Honor is honoring their sacrifice by educating their legacy.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Scholarships are for one (1) of the following categories: high school students who are concurrently enrolled in college courses or undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in community college, college or a university; certificate/licensure/technical program (accredited programs are vetted and approved by a third-party foundation).
  • Scholarships can only be awarded to those seeking a first bachelor’s degree (master’s and graduate programs are not eligible).
  • Scholarships cannot be offered to those seeking a second bachelor’s or a certificate program after obtaining a first bachelor’s degree.
  • Scholarships awards are up to $5000 per academic year (starts Aug. 1, 2019). Funds are awarded per payment term (fall, spring, or summer), not to exceed $2500 per term. If, after completing the check in for each payment term, it is determined that the awardee has an unmet need of less than $2500, FoH will only disburse the actual unmet need as shown on the statement of account and will retain the remaining balance.

Website: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Deadline: October 1, 2019 for overseas programs that start December 2019-October 2020 

Description: The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.  Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.  With the support of the U.S. Congress, this scholarship honors the Senator’s legacy of public service by enabling children of active duty military to develop the leadership and career readiness skills and global perspective to pursue careers of service and contribute to preserving the principles and alliances that are critical to an international order based on the rule of law, human rights, and democracy.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be: 

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
  • Dependent child of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application in one of the following branches: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard;
  • Recipient of any type of Title IV federal financial aid; and
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.
     

 

Website: Hope for the Warriors 

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Description: The Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship Program identifies, recognizes, and rewards post-9/11 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.

  • Honorary Scholarship – Awarded to those seeking graduate or post-graduate degree.
  • New Beginnings Scholarship – Awarded to those pursuing entry level classes or training.
  • Restoring Family Scholarship – Awarded to Spouses of the Fallen
  • Restoring Hope Scholarship – Awarded to an MSW Student
  • Restoring Self Scholarship – Awarded to those seeking any undergraduate degree.

Caregiver and Military Spouse Scholarships are made payable to the scholarship recipient’s institution for payment of tuition, books and supplies. The scholarship is for U.S. Colleges and universities only.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must complete and submit the application/certification forms along with:

  • Proof of service
  • Proof of injury/death
  • Original essay
  • Two-page questionnaire
  • One letter of recommendation

Website: Patriot Legacy Fund

Deadline: Will be open March 1, 2020-April 30, 2020

Description: Patriot Legacy Fun is dedicated to helping the children of service-disabled veterans achieve their educational goals. We honor the service of our Nation's heroes by providing scholarships to their children and helping ease the burden of rising educational costs. Awards are based on financial need, past academic success and commitment to service within their community.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be 23 or under as of April 30th of the current application year, unmarried, and a dependent of a US veteran with a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% or higher
  • Not be a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or other military branch
  • Be enrolled, accepted, or pending acceptance into an undergraduate program of an accredited post-secondary or vocational institution in the US
  • Not be a student that has previously completed an undergraduate degree or attending a Service Academy
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (mid-year documentation is required before second disbursement)
  • Not already be fully funded by other sources 

 

Website: Scholarships for Military Children 

Deadline: Applications for the 2020-2021 award cycle opens in December 2020

Description: Commissaries are an integral part of the quality of life offered to service members and their families. The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in recognition of 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. It is the intent of the program that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.

The Scholarships for Military Children Program is primarily funded through the generosity of manufacturers and suppliers whose products are sold at military commissaries, worldwide. We encourage military families to take advantage of their commissary benefits that not only provide a savings of more than 30 percent on the products purchased, but also support the military community through programs such as this scholarship. The purchase of products from these companies funds the Scholarships for Military Children program. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

Only dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active U.S. military duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of U.S. service members who died while on active duty (also see Heroes' Legacy Scholarship) or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military, may apply for a 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. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are currently enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database (or call 1-800-538-9552) and that they have a current dependent military ID card. The DEERS database will be the primary method of verifying eligibility. 

Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate program of study leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2019. High school applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis). College applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. College freshmen must submit a first semester college transcript.

Applicants attending a community or junior college must be enrolled in a program of study designed to allow them to transfer directly into a four-year program. No scholarships will be awarded to those pursuing an associates degree as their final degree, second undergraduate, or graduate school degree. 
The scholarship awards will be given for a maximum of 4 years. Exceptions can be considered if the student is enrolled in an undergraduate program of study that normally requires more than 4 years. All exceptions will be handled on an individual basis. Except in very unusual circumstances, the scholarship award cannot be deferred for future use -- it must be used during the upcoming academic year.
 

Website: Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Currently accepting applications for 2019-2020 academic year 

Description: 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.

Eligibility Requirements: Scholarship available to the dependent son or daughter of a U.S. Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Guardsman or Marine who has:

  • Been killed in action.
  • Become 100% total & permanently disabled as a direct result of an operational or combat mission, or suffered a major limb amputation due to enemy action.
  • *Qualifying parent must have received an Honorable Discharge.
  • Been classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).
  • Been awarded the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Force Cross, or the Coast Guard Cross.
  • Been involved in a training accident that resulted in the death of the service member or caused an immediate inability to continue serving (100% total and permanently disabled).
     

 

Website: Federal Student Aid

Deadline: Application is part of FAFSA form, due Dec. 1

Description: If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

Like other federal grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants provide money to college or career school students to help pay their education expenses. However, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants have special eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Requirements: You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if

  • you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but
  • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

 

Website: LA FRA

Deadline: Check back for 2020-2021 application cycle deadlines 

Description: You may apply for LA FRA Member Scholarships if the applicant or sponsor is a member in good standing of the LA FRA or FRA, currently or at time of death. The applicant must be a LA FRA or FRA member; spouse; dependent biological, step, or adoptive child; or biological, step, or adoptive grandchild; or biological, step or adoptive great grandchild of the LA FRA or FRA member.

Eligibility Requirements:

LA FRA Scholarship: be awarded annually to the male or female candidate chosen from children or grandchildren of members of the FRA and LA FRA.

The Sam Rose Memorial Scholarship Fund: To be awarded to the male or female candidate chosen from the sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters of deceased LA FRA and FRA members.

Allie Mae Oden Memorial Scholarship: is awarded to a candidate chosen from the children or grandchildren of members of the FRA or LA FRA.

NP Scholarship: Awarded annually to the candidate chosen from children and grandchildren of members of the LA FRA or FRA, or deceased members of the LA FRA or FRA. by the National President and the committee, in the name of the Auxiliary, and designated as the LA FRA National President’s Scholarship.


 

Website: Military Child of the Year

Deadline: Applications open in September 2019

Description: The annual awards will recognize seven outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Six of them will represent a branch of the armed forces — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard — for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge.

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Child must be a legal military dependent. Status confirmed by DEERS enrollment form.
  • Child must be between the ages of 13 and 18, at the time of nomination/application
  • Child and one adult guardian must be available to travel to the Washington, DC area for the March 31- April 3, 2020 Gala award presentation.
  • Officers, directors, employees, and agents of Operation Homefront and its subsidiaries or affiliated organizations, and their immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse of each) and those living in the same households of each are not eligible to receive programs, services, grants or donated goods intended for use by Operation Homefront’s clients.
  • Previous Military Child of the Year Award® Recipients are no longer eligible.

 
In addition to the above eligibility requirements, nominees and applicants must:

  • Provide Letters of recommendation if selected as a semifinalist
  • Consent to a background check if selected as a recipient
  • Participate in media and donor opportunities

Website: Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Check in November 2020 for 2020-2021 application cycle deadlines

Description: Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need will be considered. Recipients will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants with consideration given to those who demonstrate the greatest need.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the New York Chapter of the ALA play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

The first 100 applicants will be notified in late March. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants to the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund must:

  • be dependent children of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who hold valid Exchange & Commissary shopping privileges at the time of application,
  • be high school seniors or graduates who have not attended college yet and plan to enroll in a full time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year and
  • have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, at the time of application.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Provided there are qualified applicants, two awards will be given per branch of service (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard). Awards are one time only and not renewable.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

 

Website: Army Daughters: The Society of Daughters of the United States Army

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Description: Our annual Scholarship Awards are the national project of the Society of Daughters of the United States Army. Funds for the scholarships are raised by the Society and its chapters. The Society makes one year, renewable awards, in the amount of $1,500. The number of scholarships awarded each year may vary based upon the number of eligible applicants and the amount of scholarship funds available.

The scholarship is a limited eligibility scholarship. Only applicants who meet the eligibility requirements outlined below will be considered for the scholarship. 

The scholarship is a merit scholarship. Scholarship awards are based upon consideration of applicants’ academic achievement, community involvement and/or leadership potential. Financial need is not considered.

The scholarship award must be used in the academic year in which it is awarded.
Scholarship funds are restricted to payment of tuition, fees and other required educational expenses. They may not be used to purchase electronic equipment or musical instruments.

Scholarship award determinations are made without regard to applicants’ race, color, sex, religion or national origin.

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for a DUSA Scholarship award you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be the daughter, granddaughter, stepdaughter or adopted daughter of a career commissioned or warrant officer in the United States Army who is on active duty, retired after at least 20 years active duty service, was medically retired from active duty or died while on active duty.
  2. High school senior and college applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in academic work completed to date.
  3. Applicants must be planning to attend or are currently attending an accredited post-secondary institution in a degree program for the subsequent academic year.
  4. Submit the required application, resume, recommendations, essay and transcripts between March 15 and March 31 for the next succeeding academic year.
     

 
 

Website: ThanksUSA

Deadline: Check website for 2020-2021 application cycle timeline

Description: If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award of $3,000 for educational expenses. Awards are not renewable. Students may reapply in subsequent years if ThanksUSA is offering the same scholarship program. 

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants to the ThanksUSA Scholarship Program must:

  • Be dependent children1, age 24 and under (as of the 5/15/2019 application deadline), of U.S. military service personnel2,
  • or be spouses of U.S. military service personnel2
  • and be current high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in undergraduate study at an accredited two-or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2019-20 academic year.  Dependent children must enroll full-time.3 Spouses may attend full or parttime.3
  • and have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale or its equivalent on their relevant academic record (e.g., high school record for incoming freshmen or postsecondary school record for those already enrolled in a college, university or vocational/technical school).
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to qualify for the Purdue University Global awards.

Three types of scholarships will be awarded: 

  1. Awards granted to dependent children are for first-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school and are NOT for non-degree licensure/certificate programs or graduate study.
  2. Awards granted to spouses may be used for a first-time undergraduate degree at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Spouses may also use the award for non-degree licensure/certification programs regardless of whether an undergraduate degree has already been completed. (Examples include post teaching degree credentials, nursing license after degree, ongoing real estate classes to keep licensure up-to-date.) Spouses may attend full-time or part-time (minimum 6 credits per term). Graduate degrees are ineligible.
  3. In honor of the commitment and sacrifice made by our military and their families, Purdue University Global is proud to offer several scholarships through ThanksUSA for eligible military spouses and dependent military children. Applicants must meet all ThanksUSA eligibility guidelines, have a 3.0 GPA from high school or prior college coursework, and be a first-time student to Purdue University Global. Click here to return to the ThanksUSA website for complete details including eligibility and other terms and conditions

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