With more than 1.3 million active duty military personnel who have answered the call to serve the United States to keep its citizens safe, many organizations have established scholarships for members of the military and their families to pay back these brave men and women for their service. Although members of the military and their loved ones volunteer to invest their time, these scholarship programs ensure that they must not also sacrifice their plans of achieving a college education. Whether you are active duty military officer, a military spouse, or the child of a service member, the following are 25 of the most generous scholarships available for all branches of the U.S. military.
1. AFCEA Military Personnel Scholarships
Deadline: May 1st
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation distributes annual merit-based Military Personnel Scholarships to active duty uniformed military servicemen and women or honorably discharged military veterans who are currently enrolled in an accredited degree program related to engineering, computer science, or technology. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens, have achieved at least sophomore-level status at a four-year undergraduate institution, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
AFCEA Military Personnel Scholarships
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033
2. AMVETS Scholarships
Deadline: April 30th
Each year, seven AMVETS Scholarships are awarded for up to $4,000 each to active duty military personnel, honorably discharged veterans, reserves, spouses, and children or grandchildren who demonstrate financial need for tuition assistance to afford enrollment into any accredited degree program. Eligible candidates must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, be U.S. citizens, provide evidence of active duty or veteran status, and not be in default on any federal student loans.
4647 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706
3. Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship
Deadline: January 31st and July 31st
In memory of U.S. Army Counterintelligence Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr. who died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2003, the Lint Center for National Security Studies offers this $1,000 scholarship to active duty military servicemen or veterans who are interested in pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security. Qualified candidates must submit an online application, 600-word essay, photograph, personal statement, current resume, and academic transcript.
Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship
4803 Atlas Cedar Way
Aberdeen, MD 21001
4. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship
Deadline: January 15th
With the mission of honoring the service of women in the Army, the Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship program grants up to $2,500 to assist female undergraduate or graduate students at accredited U.S. institutions who are serving or have served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Qualified candidates who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better must submit an application form, essay, transcript, recommendations, and proof of active duty or veteran status from a commanding officer.
Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship
P.O. Box 5030
Fort Lee, VA 23801
5. Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund
Deadline: April 1st
Annually, the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund offers up to 60 scholarships for $2,000 each to improve access to educational opportunities for dependent children, adopted children, step-children, and non-uniformed spouses of an active duty or veteran Chief, Senior Chief, or Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy. In order to qualify for the funding, applicants must be graduating high school seniors or high school graduates, be accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution, and submit three letters of recommendation.
Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund
1269 Elliot Avenue
Newport, RI 02841
6. Dolphin Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 15th
On a competitive basis, the Dolphin Scholarship Fund provides up to 115 annual scholarships for $3,400 to unmarried children or stepchildren under the age of 24 who are dependent on active duty members of the Navy’s Submarine Force that have served in submarine support activities for at least eight years. Selection for the renewable award is based on academic proficiency, demonstrated financial need for assistance, and commitment to involvement in extra-curricular school or community activities.
Dolphin Scholarship Fund
4966 Euclid Rd. Suite 109
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 671-3200 ext. 111
7. Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children
Deadline: February 28th
Funded through the generosity of the Defense Commissary Agency, the Fisher House Foundation awards several Scholarships for Military Children for up to $2,000 a piece to unmarried sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers who will be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate degree program. Eligible applicants must be attending a U.S. accredited institution, be under 23 years old, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children
111 Rockville Pike Suite 420
Rockville, MD 20850
8. Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
Deadline: June 30th
In honor of the bravery exhibited by members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund awards up to $25,000 to young Americans who are the dependent children of an active duty service member who was killed or permanently disabled as the result of an operational mission or training accident. Eligible applicants must be high school seniors or high school graduates who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in any accredited U.S. institution of higher learning.
Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
22570 Markey Court Suite 240
Dulles, VA 20166
9. General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program
Deadline: March 7th
Administered by the Air Force Aid Society, the General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) provides up to $5,000 for selected spouses of active duty U.S. Air Force service members who are currently residing overseas. Eligible candidates must be legally married to a service member without separation or pending divorce, be a high school graduate enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student, maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and demonstrate financial need.
General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program
241 18th St. Suite 202
Arlington, VA 22202
10. Hope for the Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships
Deadline: April 1st
Each year, the Hope for Warriors Foundation offers the Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships in recognition of military spouses and caregivers for their strength and resolve despite adversity as financial assistance for continuing education at an accredited U.S. institution. For consideration, it is required that applicants submit an application, certification form, proof of military injury or death, an original essay discussing academic achievement and personal goals, two-page questionnaire, and two letters of recommendation.
Hope for the Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships
5101 Backlick Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003
11. Huebner Scholarships
Deadline: February 1st
Named for Lieutenant General Clarence L. Huebner who commanded the Big Red One during World War II, the Society of the 1st Infantry Division provides the Huebner Scholarships for high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of soldiers who have served in the 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. In order to be eligible for the $10,000 award in four annual installments of $2,500, individuals must submit a transcript, 200-word essay, college acceptance letter, proof of military service, and two letters of recommendation.
P.O. Box 607
Ambler, PA 19002
12. Imagine America’s Military Award Program
Imagine America’s Military Award Program (MAP) was established to provide $1,000 scholarships for active duty military personnel, reservists, honorably discharged military veterans, and retired veterans of the U.S. armed forces who have decided to pursue career college training. Qualified applicants must be enrolling in a participating accredited U.S. institution, display good academic potential for successfully completing postsecondary education, and demonstrate financial need for assistance.
Imagine America’s Military Award Program
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 203
Reston, VA 20191
13. Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships
Deadline: February 3rd
Sponsored by the National Military Family Association, the Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships award up to $5,000 to spouses of all active duty, national guard or reserve, and retired uniformed services members for use in attending vocational training and degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate programs. In order to qualify for the funding, military spouses must provide a copy of their marriage certificate, a military verification document, and a signed scholarship agreement form.
Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships
2500 North Van Dorn St. Suite 102
Alexandria, VA 22302
14. Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association Scholarships
Deadline: April 15th
Annually, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA) presents $5,000 scholarships to deserving male and female students who are striving to reach their professional goals by pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution. In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must be the sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters of military members of the FRA or the LA FRA.
Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association Scholarships
2712 Holly Ridge Rd.
Orange Park, FL 32073
15. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: March 1st
In all 50 states and internationally, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides life-changing educational opportunities with scholarships up to $30,000 each for the children of active duty, reserve, and veteran U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsmen who have served alongside Marines. Qualified candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, have a family adjusted gross income that does not exceed $93,000 for the current tax year, and plan to attend an accredited undergraduate U.S. institution.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
909 North Washington St. Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
16. Military Officers Association of America Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 3rd
Established in 1948 on the principle that “education is the cornerstone of a strong democracy,” the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship Fund provides grants of varying amounts for students who are the children of currently serving, former, or retired commissioned or warrant officers. In order to receive up to five years of undergraduate funding, eligible candidates must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. institution, be under the age of 24 years old, and remain in good academic standing.
Military Officers Association of America Scholarship Fund
201 North Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
17. Military Spouse FINRA Fellowship Program
Deadline: Contact sponsoring organization
Sponsored by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, the Military Spouse FINRA Fellowship Program covers the cost of paying certification fees and provides a monthly stipend to military spouses who participate in a training program to get on the right track to becoming an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC). Fellows in the program will receive the marketable job skills, knowledge, tools, and resources needed to overcome their military family’s financial struggles.
Military Spouse FINRA Fellowship Program
1940 Duke St. Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
18. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Grants
Deadline: May 1st
Annually, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offers interest-free grants for up to $3,000 to encourage service members or retired veterans to pursue careers in professional counseling by attending any U.S. graduate institution that has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Counseling Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Qualified applicants must be aspiring counselors committed to serving military personnel, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and demonstrate financial need.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Grants
875 North Randolph St. Suite 225
Arlington, VA 22203
19. Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarships
Deadline: January 1st
As a program devised to provide some financial reprieve to assist wounded military members and their families with reaching their post-secondary educational goals, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarships are awarded for $3,000 to paralyzed veterans members, their spouses, and their unmarried dependent children under 24 years old. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens, be accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited institution, and maintain good academic progress.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarships
801 Eighteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
20. Pat Tillman Scholarships
Deadline: March 6th
In honor of Pat Tillman who put his all-star NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve and give his life for his country after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Pat Tillman Scholarships are awarded annually to active service members of all branches of the U.S. military who wish to pursue an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree. Along with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and documented participation in service, applicants must demonstrate Pat’s values and strength of character.
Pat Tillman Scholarships
217 North Jefferson St. Suite 602
Chicago, IL 60661
21. Society of Daughters of the United States Army Scholarship
Deadline: March 31st
The Society of Daughters of the United States Army presents annual $1,000 scholarships to the daughters or granddaughters of a career warrant or commissioned officer of the U.S. Army who is currently on active duty, retired from active duty after at least 20 years of service, or died while on active duty. Eligible female full-time undergraduate students must be enrolled in any accredited post-secondary U.S. institution, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and submit a personal statement showcasing patriotism.
Society of Daughters of the United States Army Scholarship
1461 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005
22. Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: March 15th
Each year, the Tailhook Educational Foundation offers scholarships for up to $22,000 to high school graduates who are the natural, step, or adopted child or grandchild of a current or former Naval or Marine Corps Aviator, Flight Officer, or Air crewman. Eligible applicants must be related to a service member who is serving or has served on board a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier, be accepted for undergraduate enrollment at an accredited U.S. institution, and demonstrate financial need.
Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarships
9696 Businesspark Avenue
San Diego, CA 92131
23. Troops to Teachers Program
Deadline: April 15th
Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the Troops to Teachers Program has the mission of enriching the quality of American education by helping to place mature, experienced, motivated, and committed personnel in our nation’s classrooms with a second career in Pre-K through 12th grade education. All current active duty or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces must submit military service documentation, teaching or educational background information, and a personal statement on vocational interests.
Troops to Teachers Program
6490 Saufley Field Rd.
Pensacola, FL 32509
24. Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program
Deadline: June 1st
As part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program is designed to cover all resident tuition rates for public schools or reduce the tuition fees for private schools for service members, honorably discharged military veterans, and retirees from any branch of the U.S. military. In order to be eligible, candidates must have served an aggregate period of 36 months in active duty after 9/11 and be attending a degree-granting accredited institution.
Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20420
25. Wings over America Foundation Scholarships
Annually, the Wings over America Foundation provides college scholarships for up to $5,000 to dependent children and spouses of all U.S. Navy personnel who are serving in active duty, retired, honorably discharged, or deceased. Qualified candidates must be the natural born child or legal spouse of any officer or enlisted who served within Naval Air Forces for consideration. Recipients will be selected based on scholastic merit, financial need, and community service involvement.
Wings over America Foundation Scholarships
4966 Euclid Rd. Suite 109
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 671-3200 ext. 117
As the costs associated with earning a college degree continue to grow, it is becoming increasingly vital for military members and their families to take advantage of various funds that have been established to honor their sacrifice in serving to preserve our freedom. If you or your loved one are serving in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Reserves, or Navy, be sure to check out these 25 great scholarships for members of the military and their families to reduce the financial burden of reaching your college dreams.