Scholarship money is plentiful for veterans who tirelessly dedicated their lives to protect other citizens. Any current or former service members who participated in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard may be eligible. In fact, family members and children of service members are also eligible for funding under many military scholarships.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, offers full-tuition scholarships in order to cover the expenses of education. In addition to tuition remission, a stipend is also provided to living expenses, educational fees, textbooks, and other educational expenses. These awards are based on academic merit rather than demonstrated financial need. Students must agree to participate in training and to serve their country for a defined amount of time. More information can be found at: http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html.
Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military are aimed at helping reduce the educational costs of dependent children of active duty service members, retired service members, or service members who have died. The deadline for submitting an application is February 13. Children must be under 21 years of age. In addition, students are required to hold at least a 3.0 grade point average and plan to enroll full-time in an undergraduate degree program. A total of 700 scholarships, each worth $2,000, are awarded each year. More information can be found at: http://www.militaryscholar.org/sfmc/index.html.
Academic Top Scholarships (ATS) are open to children and spouses of active-duty service members. America’s Child is another organization that affords financial assistance to service member’s families. In order to be eligible, students must have lost a parent in the line of duty as part of either Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operation Iraqi Freedom of future wars. More information can be found at the following website: http://www.americaschild.org/html/founders.htm. A similar organization called Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation aims to provide free career counseling and free education to children who have lost a parent in combat or accidents. More information can be found at: http://fallenpatriots.org/.
Folds of Honor Foundation also provides educational funding to spouses and children of service members who were either killed or disabled during their service to our country. The money can either be used immediately or held until the child enrolls in college.
Liberty University’s Heroes Fund Scholarship provides money for disabled veterans, spouses of members who were killed in the line of duty, or Purple Heart recipients. Another grant given by the Marine Corps League awards over three hundred scholarships each year to students. Spouses of military members may be excited to learn that there is a scholarship just for them! It is called the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts. This award guaranteed up to $4,000 over a two year period for winners. Any military spouse who is planning to pursue a degree, license program, or any type of credential which will lead to a career is eligible to apply.
Regardless of whether you are a member yourself, want to become a service member, or are a family member of a service member, there are many military scholarships out there. Students may also want to inquire in their school’s financial aid office about military scholarships.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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