Veterans who have dedicated their time to serving our country are increasingly returning to school to further their education. The unique skills that veterans have accumulated through their service make them competitive applicants. As such, many funding programs exist to help make a college education more affordable for veterans. Some of these opportunities are available through the federal government, state government, and private organizations. Veterans should always begin their quest for scholarships by completing the FAFSA. In addition, below is a list of scholarships for veterans that may serve as a useful starting point.
Google SVA Scholarships provide one of the largest grants to veterans. This award provides eight lucky student veterans with $10,000 each. Students must pursue a degree in computer science. In addition to a monetary award, the applicants who are chosen will also be invited to Google’s annual Summer Scholars’ Retreat in an effort to offer networking experience. In order to be eligible, students must be a current student at the graduate or undergraduate level or plan to enroll the following academic year. Students must show exceptional academic abilities and pursue a degree related to computer engineering. Furthermore, students must meet criteria for a veteran in good standing. In order to apply for this fantastic award, students must submit a resume, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and write a response to three different essay questions. Interested students can locate more information at this website: http://studentveterans.org/index.php/29-program-services/129-2016-google-sva-scholarship.
Sports Clips Help A Hero Scholarship offers funding to veterans who are interested in returning to school. In order to be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens and have retired or been honorably discharged from the National Guard or Reserve. Veterans who are on active duty are also eligible. Students must also demonstrate financial need and plan to attend an institution that is approved by the VA. The winners will receive a scholarship of up to$5,000 to defray the cost of their studies. Applications must be received prior to April 30th for fall and November 15th for spring. The funding may only be used for tuition and fees. More information about this opportunity can be found here: http://www.vfw.org/scholarship/.
Veterans United Foundation Scholarship provides scholarships of $2,000 to twenty service members. In order to be eligible, students must be an active-duty or retired member of the Armed Forces. Spouses of service members (both current and retired) as well as children of service members who have perished are also eligible. Applicants may either be currently enrolled in a higher education institution or plan to attend during the upcoming academic year. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. An application form and additional information can be found here: https://www.veteransunited.com/about/scholarships/.
Imagine America Foundation Military Award Program provides scholarships to veterans who are enrolled in college. Applicants must be able to show financial need and submit an application before June 30th. More information about this award can be found here: http://www.imagine-america.org/faq/military-award-programming.
Veterans have a plethora of choices when searching for funding. Additional funding opportunities can be found by searching online databases.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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