Are you the wife of a member of the military? Do you hope to pursue a college degree? If so, you may be excited to learn that there are many scholarships available for military spouses. Some of these scholarships are offered by certain branches of the military while others are open to military spouses of any branch of the military. In addition, other funding opportunities are available through specific state programs aimed at making education more affordable for military spouses. Below is a list of funding opportunities that may help you find some free money to further your education:
Spouse Education Assistance Program is offered through the Army. This award helps students who demonstrate financial need and who are spouses of soldiers in the U.S. Army. In order to be eligible, students must plan to obtain an undergraduate degree, hold at least a 2.0 grade point average, and enroll in an accredited program. Students must enroll for at least six credit hours. This scholarship can be renewed. The application deadline is May 1st and winners will be notified by June 1st. More information can be found here: http://www.aerhq.org/dnn563/Scholarships/Spouses.aspx.
National Military Family Association Spouse Scholarships provide students with funding ranging from $500 to $2,500. Any military spouse with a valid military ID is eligible to apply. The application cycle is open from December to January annually and this opportunity is for a one-time award. The funds can be used to help military spouses who are studying at the undergraduate or graduate level. It can even be applied for licensure fees or exam fees. More information is available at the following website: http://www.militaryfamily.org/spouses-scholarships/?referrer=https://www.google.com/.
U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Gold Start Scholarship Program is open to spouses of military members who died in the line of duty. The awards vary from $500 to $2,500 per year. Applicants are selected based on both academic performance and demonstrated financial need. More information is available here: http://www.nmcrs.org/.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts offers awards of up to $4,000 to military spouses. The award is granted in increments of $2,000 per year for two years. Students must be enrolled in an associate’s degree program or a program that will lead to certification or licensure. More information can be found at the following website: https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/default.aspx.
The Coast Guard Foundation offers six scholarships each year for $1,000. Military spouses of Coast Guard members are encouraged to apply. More information can be found at the following website: http://www.coastguardfoundation.org/how/scholarships/directory.
In addition to these scholarships opportunities, many states also offer financial assistance through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Maryland offers up to half off college tuition for spouses of military members who are veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflict. Students must attend an in-state institution.
Connecticut Veteran’s Tuition Wavier allows spouses of military members who have be killed during or after the 9/11 conflicts to attend college for free.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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