Scholarship and Grant Programs for Veterans and Their Families

Originally published on January 28, 2017

One of the areas to which many Veterans aspire during their transition from military service–or even during their service–is finding the right education and training resources to help them advance their careers or land the private sector career in which they are interested. In many cases, Veterans and their family members are faced with sticker shock when identifying potential programs that may provide the education and training credentials they desire–or need. 

In this post, I will share some of the scholarship and grant programs available for Veterans and their family members. These links were current as of November 2016; however, if you happen to come across a link that no longer works, please let me know so that I can research and either replace or remove the bad link.

Academic Top Scholars (ATS):

http://www.thanksusa.org/scholarship-program.html

Accessible to all dependent children, age 24 and under, and all spouses of Active-Duty U.S. military Service Members are eligible to apply for scholarships.

AFCEA Educational Fund:

http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/

The AFCEA Scholarship for Working Professionals will provide $2,000 to those students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree while employed in the science or technology disciplines directly related to the mission of AFCEA .

American Legion Scholarships:

http://www.legion.org/scholarships

The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including the kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.

AMVETS – Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship:

http://www.amvets.org/pdfs/programs_pdfs/programs_scholarship_application_caccomo_vet.pdf

The scholarships are for veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, seeking new skills in order to be more competitive in the job market. The one time $3,000 award may be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate courses, accredited degree or certificate programs, including online schools.

Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Scholarship:

http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/military.asp

Merit-based scholarships of varying amounts will be awarded to persons on active duty in the uniformed military services, to honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (including Reservists and National Guard personnel) who are currently enrolled and attending classes part time or full time in an eligible degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. .

Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarships for Military Children:

http://www.afcrossroads.com/education/coll_scholar.cfm

Children of Active Duty personnel, Reserve/Guard and Retired commissary customers may apply for a Scholarship for Military Children. The applicant must be planning to attend or is attending an accredited college or university, starting in the fall term of the year following the application year, on a full-time basis.

Army Aviation Association of America Scholarships (AAAA):

http://www.quad-a.org/

In order to apply for an AAAA Scholarship you must meet one of the following criteria:

You must be (1) a current member of the Army Aviation Association of America, or (2)  the spouse of a current AAAA member or deceased member, or (3)  the son or daughter of a current member or deceased member, or (4)  the grandchild of a current member or deceased member, or (5)  the unmarried sibling of a current member or deceased member.

Army Scholarship Foundation:

http://www.armyscholarshipfoundation.org/scholarships.html

The Army Scholarship Foundation awards one-year financial scholarships (not grants or loans) on an annual basis to qualified and deserving students on the basis of academic record and participation in school and community activities. Scholarship recipients may apply to renew their scholarships annually for a total of four years of higher education.

Army Women’s Foundation:

http://www.awfdn.org/programs/legacyscholarships.shtml

Applicant must be a woman who has served or is serving honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard or the child of a woman who served honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Scholarships are available for tuition assistance for certification, coursework at community college level or four-year academic institutions and graduate schools

Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund:

http://www.cposf.org/

Applicant must be the immediate family member of either an active duty, retired, or reserve Chief Petty Officer (children may be natural, adopted or step-children). They must: (1) be about to graduate or have graduated from an accredited high school, or equivalent educational institution or earned a GED; -and- (2) must intend to enter or be currently enrolled in a community college, vocational college, college or university to complete the curriculum prescribed in or to be graduated with an AA, AS, BA or BS degree.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation:

http://fallenpatriots.org/what-we-do/how-to-enroll/

Enrolling with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is the first step in ensuring that your child or children will receive the financial support they need to get a college education. Together, we can keep the dream alive and provide the opportunity for a brighter future.

Coast Guard Exchange System Scholarship Program:

http://www.uscg.mil/mwr/hqrec/CGESScholarshipProgram.asp

The Program provides scholarships to students who are dependents of Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and military retired members, current civilian NAF and APF employees, and current Coast Guard Auxiliarists. Applicant must be in the last year of high school or homeschooling and scheduled to graduate and attend college full-time during the subsequent year. Those who have already graduated are not eligible to apply.

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation:

https://dolphinscholarship.org/

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation grants are available, on a competitive basis, to high school or college children/stepchildren (unmarried, under age 24 at time of deadline) of: (1) members or former members of the Submarine Force who have qualified in submarines and have served in the Submarine Force for at least eight years; -or- of (2) Navy members who have served in submarine support activities (e.g., submarine bases, tenders, and rescue vessels) for a minimum of ten years (not required to be consecutive).

Fisher House Foundation Scholarship Programs:

http://www.militaryscholar.org/index.html

Scholarship programs include (1) Military children; (2) Children of deceased or disabled service members; (3) Military spouses.

Folds of Honor Foundation:

https://www.foldsofhonor.org/scholarships

Provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of Service Members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation. Our unique scholarships can be applied to schooling now or held by Folds of Honor on behalf of young children until needed at the time of enrollment.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund:

http://freedomalliance.org/programs/scholarship-fund/

Students are eligible if they are the dependent child of an active duty Service Member who was killed or permanently disabled (100%) rating as the result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA.

Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship:

http://www.scholarships4students.com/horatio_alger_military_veterans_scholarship.htm

Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship is awarded to Veterans who have served under the United States Military Operation in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operation Iraqi Freedom beginning Sept. 11, 2001 or later. Must be a U.S. citizen.

Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/iraq-afghanistan-service

A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, may be eligible to receive the Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant.

John A. Keller Scholarship: 

http://www.cwoauscg.org/scholarship.htm

The Chief Warrant Officer John A. Keller-CWOA Scholarship is available to dependents of members in good standing of the Chief Warrant Officers Association who is a high school senior or a current undergraduate student with a minimum “C” grade average.

Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association:

http://www.la-fra.org/scholarship.html

  • LA FRA Scholarship: Awarded annually to the male or female candidate chosen from children or grandchildren of members of the FRA and LA FRA.

  • The Sam Rose Memorial Scholarship Fund: Awarded to the male or female candidate chosen from the sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters of deceased LA FRA and FRA members.

  • Allie Mae Oden Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a candidate chosen from the children or grandchildren of members of the FRA or LA FRA.

  • NP Scholarship: Awarded annually to the candidate chosen from children and grandchildren of members of the LA FRA or FRA, or deceased members of the LA FRA or FRA. by the National President and the committee, in the name of the Auxiliary.

Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation: http://www.awfdn.org/programs/legacyscholarships.shtml

The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF) provides educational assistance to the children of fallen United States Marines and federal law enforcement personnel. MC-LEF is currently able to provide a $30,000 scholarship account for every child who loses a parent serving in the United States Marine Corps or any federal law enforcement agency.