Have you had a parent or caregiver serve in the military? If so, you may be eligible for scholarships that were created for dependents of veterans. Many scholarships were created especially for children of veterans. Some of these funding opportunities have specific criteria. For example, some scholarships have a requirement that the parent must have perished in the line of duty or that the parent became disabled as a result of their service. However, other scholarships are open to any child of a veteran. See below for a list of available scholarship opportunities for children of veterans:
The Dolphin Scholarships Foundation awards $3,400 scholarships to dependent children or stepchildren of current of former members of the Submarine Force. In order to be eligible, students must be in their last year of high school or a current college student. They must not be married and young than 24 years of age. Students must enroll in a four year institution and have a sponsor that served in the Submarine Force. Students are selected for this scholarship based on three main criteria: previous academic performance, demonstrated financial need, and involvement in community and school activities. Additional information on the application process can be found at this website: http://www.dolphinscholarship.org/index.cfm/scholarships/.
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AFSA/CMSAF/AMF Scholarship Program provides scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 to eligible students. In order to be eligible, the student must be a dependent child of someone who worked in Air Force Active Duty, Air Force Reserve Command, or the Air National Guard. Applicants are selected based on leadership ability, writing skills, previous academic work, likelihood for success, and character. More information can be found at the following website: http://www.hqafsa.org/scholarships.html.
Coast Guard Foundation’s Scholarships are open to dependents of current or former Coast Guard employees. The application cycle is open from February 1st through March 15th. Students must not currently hold a college degree and must be under the age of 24 years old. Students must be single and planning to attend an accredited college or university. Students can apply for this scholarship at the following website: https://1coastguardfoundationscholars.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx.
Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund is open to dependent children of current or former National Guard members. In order to be eligible, students must plan to study at a college or university. Only undergraduate students with at least a 3.5 grade point average are eligible for consideration. Applicants are chosen based on their leadership skills, academic excellence, participation in school and community activities, and financial need. More information about this award can be found at this website: http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/militarycommanders/.
Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program hopes to enable every child of Navy and Marine members, who were killed in the line of duty, attend college. This program mainly focuses on service members who have died in line of duty during or after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In order to be eligible, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average and plan to enroll in an accredited college or vocational school. More information is available at the following website: https://www.mcsf.org/get-involved/invest-scholarships/heroes-tribute-scholarship/.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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