More than 1.4 million Americans have made the choice to serve their country. The brave men and women who voluntarily invest their time in the United States Military are some of the well-respected citizens of the country. Choosing to enter the military should not forfeit your dreams of receiving a college education. Whether you are a member of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy there are a number of college scholarships and grants available for service members, veterans and their families.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) offers a variety of scholarships - from full-tuition to additional funding for room and board to allowances for books and fees - that are awarded based on merit and not financial need. While the ROTC offers scholarships that cover tuition, fees and other college expenses, the scholarship application process is just as competitive as any other scholarship. Each year, the Army ROTC awards scholarships to more than 13,000 students and provides roughly $274 million in scholarship money. About 12,000 high school seniors compete at the national level for 2,000 available Army ROTC scholarships. High school students who receive Army ROTC scholarships tend to be in the 25th percentile of their class, are a part of an honor society and are involved in extracurricular activities.
The U.S. Air Force ROTC similarly offers scholarships to help students ease the financial burden of their college education. Air Force ROTC scholarships cover college tuition and the majority of lab fees. Students will also receive a textbook allowance and a maximum of $500 a month in spending cash.
Below are some examples of military scholarships and grants worthy of pursuing. To find out if you are eligible for additional scholarships based on service or other criteria, conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.
The Adrian & Corena Swanier Education Scholarship was established in 2010 to recognize the contributions and provide educational assistance for our Military Children. This program will award a $1,000 Scholarship for use towards a four-year degree, vocational, or technical certificate. Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled as a full-time student) to [...] More
The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program is competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors. Grants are awarded to selected sons and daughters of Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, Retired, Retired Reserve and deceased Air Force members; [...] More
Air Force ROTC offers a variety of scholarships that will help relieve the financial burden of your college education. Air Force ROTC scholarships cover college tuition and most lab fees. You will also receive an annual textbook allowance and up to a $500 spending cash monthly stipend. A variety of full and partial scholarships are available, and certain scholarships have specific requirements. [...] More
The American Legion Auxiliary believes that the more knowledge our young people gain, the better citizens they will become. That is why the organization is so committed to education. Investing in the education of our young people is investing in the future of our country. The American Legion Auxiliary offers multiple scholarships, so if you are interested in applying for a scholarship, check out [...] More
The Anchor Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to eligible family members (children and spouses) of active duty, retired or honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel. Anchor Scholarships MUST be applied to tuition and tuition related expenses only. Dependent children must be pursuing a 4-year degree (BA or BS) at a 4-year college or university in the United States. Dependent spouses [...] More
Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or advanced degree program in nursing, nurse anesthesia, or related healthcare field who are serving or have previously served in any branch, and at any rank, of a component of the US Army (Active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve) and are not currently receiving funding by a component of the US Army, (e.g., scholarship [...] More
The Four-Year High School Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Contact your high school academic advisor or campus Military Science department for more information. To be eligible for scholarship consideration, you must be between the ages of 17 and 26, have a minimum 2.5 GPA have a high school diploma or equivalent, score a minimum 1000 on [...] More
The Army ROTC Two-Year College Scholarship is available for those who have two academic years of college remaining. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 26, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, score a minimum 920 on the SAT / 19 on the ACT, meet physical standards, have a high school diploma or equivalent and agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component [...] More
The Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship provides $1,000 in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on August 12, 2003. Recipients must be pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security studies. [...] More
The Army Women's Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship Program offers financial support in four areas: [...] More
The Charles Shelton Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to African-American students pursuing a degree in veterinarian medicine or veterinarian technology. Scholarships are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to animal welfare. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be an African-American [...] More
The Dr. Robert W. & Jean L. Sheldon Scholarship was established by medical colleagues in honor Dr. Robert W. Sheldon, a local physician, to support CSUB Transfer students from Bakersfield College. Award Criteria: Transfer students (preference to those from Bakersfield College); minimum 2.5 GPA; evidence of campus and community involvement; financial need. One award reserved for a nursing student, [...] More
The Daughters of the Cincinnati have contributed generously to the scholarship fund for over a century. Applicants must be daughters of career commissioned officers in the United States military. If you are eligible, you must apply during your senior year in high school. The application process includes an essay, secondary school report, a letter of recommendation from a member of the applicant’s [...] More
The State of Delaware provides educational benefits for the children of deceased veterans of the military services of the United States, military service personnel held as a prisoner of war and military service personnel officially declared to be missing in action.
Applicant must have been a resident of the state of Delaware for 3 or more consecutive years prior to the date of application. If [...] More
To be eligible for the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program, you must be a Maryland resident at the time of application and enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college/university, as a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student or attend a private career school. You must be: the son, daughter, stepchild, or the surviving spouse (who has not [...] More
Dependent unmarried children under age 21 (23 if enrolled as a full-time student) of active duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of deceased members, may apply for this scholarship. Dependent children of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Public Health Service, other federal or military related agencies or activities, or DoD civilian [...] More
The Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarships supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education. This one-year scholarship varies in its amount on a yearly basis. Applicants must be an Illinois high school senior and a child or grandchild of a veteran of the United States of America who served after September [...] More
The Ladies Auxiliary Worchid Scholarship is for Illinois High School Seniors. Applicant must be a child of a deceased father or mother who was a veteran of the United States of America who served after 09/15/40 and was Honorably Discharged. They need not be KIA or have died as a result of service-connected disability. Must have taken the ACT or SAT. For more information, or to apply, please visit [...] More
The Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education. Offered for 2nd year or greater nursing students. Must provide a copy of an acceptance letter into an accredited nursing program. Priority is given to the dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran. For more information, or [...] More
The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint National Security Scholarships offers to help further the education and career development of scholars, especially in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. Workers in these fields and their children are encouraged to apply with the goal of improving national security and global understanding. The application requires a 600-800 [...] More
Women in Defense Michigan established the Junior Horizon Award in 2009 to encourage high school women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States. Applicants must be a female, be a citizen of the United States, be a resident of Michigan, be a high school senior (grade 12) currently enrolled [...] More
This scholarship is for San Antonio area high school seniors who are dependents of a military member stationed at Lackland AFB, to include: AD, Reserve, Guard, sponsors on remote assignment, retired or deceased.
One scholarship is also awarded to a dependent Spouse pursuing a technical, associate, or undergraduate degree. Applications can be obtained through the Gateway Club, Family Support [...] More
Applicants for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation must be the child of an active duty or reserve U.S. Marine, a veteran U.S. Marine who has received an honorable discharge, or who was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, an active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is serving, or has served, with a U.S. Marine unit, or a veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who served with a U.S. Marine [...] More
The Mary Rowena Cooper Scholarship is for students seeking degrees, certificates, or diplomas at vocational/technical schools, colleges, or universities. Award amounts vary and are based on financial need. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and be a child of a living or deceased veteran who served in Vietnam who are enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours/semester during the academic year. [...] More
The Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program was established in recognition of the hardship that a family experiences upon the loss of a parent and or spouse who is killed or missing in the line of public service duty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This grant program was established to provide educational opportunity to the remaining family members. The Public Service Grant Program is [...] More
The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree. Applicants must reapply each year and may receive assistance for up to four (4) academic years as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants must be dependent children, stepchildren, or legally adopted children or a [...] More
The Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund is for nontraditional students who are single mothers enrolling in at least 9 credits in a degree-seeking or certification program at Boise State University or College of Western Idaho. Must be enrolling in at least 9 credits per semester as an undergraduate student or 6 credits per semester as a graduate student. Preference may be given to [...] More
The Military Child of the Year Award recognizes outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership, and achievement in their communities. Recipients, along with a parent or guardian, travel to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition Gala. They also receive a laptop computer and the $10,000 award. We are excited to be able to offer recognition for children of National Guard, [...] More
The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club established the Nam Knights M/C Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of fallen military veterans and law enforcement officers, who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The scholarship is open to New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents only. Applicants must be current high school seniors, graduates and returning [...] More
The New Hampshire Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans is for students whose parent(s) died, while an NH resident, as the result of a service-related disability while serving in the U.S. armed services in a combat situation. Eligible students are between the ages of 16 and 25, who are legal residents of New Hampshire and whose mother or father served in the United States armed services during an [...] More
Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program provides one-hundred percent tuition to Ohio National Guard members attending a two- or four- year public college or university. Participants must commit to and/or complete a six-year enlistment in the Ohio National Guard. New enlistees must complete basic training and obtain a military job skill to qualify for a scholarship. Scholarship program recipients [...] More
The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver is established as an incentive for qualified young men and women to join the Oklahoma National Guard and as a means to retain skilled, productive citizens within the state. Applicants must be a bonafide member of the Oklahoma National Guard at the beginning of the semester for which he/she is applying for a scholarship, or by the scholarship application [...] More
The Olivet College Gospel Choir seeks to add several diverse male and female singers, as well as musicians who play the keyboard, electric or bass guitar and drums. Students with considerable talent will be considered for the Gospel Choir’s scholarship program. Scholarships of varying amounts are offered, based on audition. The program director will notify students of their Gospel Choir [...] More
Two awards are given to full-time students, one male and one female. Recipient must be either a single female, head-of-household student with dependents; a single male, head of household with dependents; or a Vietnam veteran who no longer has access to educational benefits and has a GPA of at least 3.0. Student must be a custodial parent and must demonstrate financial need. For more information [...] More
ProNet International's primary purpose is to provide financial help to veterans and their families needing professional and/or academic assistance through grants and scholarships. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, rank in the upper 20% of their high school class and be admitted in an educational program. Must submit a detailed written request for gift or scholarship along with three letters of [...] More
To be eligible for consideration for a Tailhook Educational Foundation scholarship, an individual must be a high school graduate and the natural, step, or adopted son, daughter or grandchild of a current or former (U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps / U.S. Coast Guard) Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, or Naval Aircrewman. Also eligible are individuals or children/grandchildren of individuals who [...] More
You are eligible to apply for the CPO Scholarship only if your sponsor achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Furthermore, your sponsor must be currently serving on Active duty or Reserve duty, or must have been honorably discharged, transferred to Fleet Reserve status, or Retired from the Naval Service as a Chief, Senior Chief, or Master Chief Petty Officer. [...] More
The Graydon and Myrth Fox Scholarship was established to assist individuals who are seeking to further their job skills or improve their circumstances through education by providing scholarships for Veterans who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces or a surviving spouse, dependent child or grandchild of a U.S. Veteran. Preference will be given to wounded personnel or a [...] More
The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial support to Purple Heart recipients and their families for the direct costs of higher education. It covers things like tuition, books, incidental fees, and room and board. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s [...] More
The scholarship assists with academic expenses, including tuition and fees, books, and living expenses for U.S. veterans and active duty service members of all branches of the U.S. Military including the National Guard and Reserve. Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members (including surviving spouses) are also eligible.
Applicants must currently be pursuing a bachelor, [...] More
The Loan Repayment Program is one of several Navy enlistment education incentive programs designed to pay federally guaranteed student loans (up to $65,000) through three annual payments during a Sailor's first three years of service. The loan must be entered into before going joining the military. This program is currently only available to eligible personnel in the delayed entry program who [...] More
at the University of Great Falls, a variety of scholarships recognizing academic achievement and talent are available. Students are automatically considered for academic merit scholarships as part of the admission process and are notified of their award level as part of acceptance to the university. Amounts are based on each student's academic performance in high school. Transfer students may [...] More
The VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It’s just another way for us to say “thank you” to those who fought for our freedoms. Today's veterans can face any number of obstacles while furthering their education. Taking advantage of [...] More
The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 [...] More
High School senior graduating from a public high school within Shelby County, Ohio, with a 3.5 GPA or greater, and who will be attending an accredited four-year college or university (other than Wright State University) in the coming academic year. Must have a relative (parent, step-parent, grandparent, full or half-sibling) who is active duty or a veteran of the United States military. [...] More
The Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation is sponsoring scholarships to further the post-secondary education of deserving students. Scholarships are to be used only for tuition and tuition-based fees charged by the college for A.A, A.S., B.A, B.S. or technical certification. This is for undergraduate work only. Applicants must be dependents of active duty members or former members (retired, [...] More
The Women's Army Corps Veterans Association Scholarship has been established to recognize relatives of Army Service Women. Students must be a U.S. citizen and a high school graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
Women's Overseas Service League scholarship assistance may be granted to women who are committed to advancement in military or other public service careers, have demonstrated such commitment through life experiences and have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of study in any institution of higher education in a program leading to an academic degree, associate [...] More
More than 300 McDonald's locations will participate in the new Archways to Opportunity education program which - through its partnership with Indiana's community college system - will help its employees afford college tuition. McDonald's employees who work a minimum 15 hours per week for 90 days can receive up to $2,500 in college tuition assistance each year - or $3,000 per year for managers - at 18 Ivy Tech Community College campuses located in Indiana.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced its first
Esports scholarship, expanding its 20-year-old scholarship program to include Esports competitors in college, according to Polygon. The ESA Esports scholarship program is "intended to elevate the participation of women and minorities" who currently "account for a very small percentage of Esports scholarship recipients. Therefore, in order to be eligible for the
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship, you must either be a woman or minority and pursuing a degree leading to a career in computer and video game arts and sciences. Current high school seniors, college freshman, sophomore and juniors who are U.S. citizens may apply for the ESA Esports scholarship. Applicants must also be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four (4) year college or university in the upcoming fall semester in order to be considered. All scholarship applications are due March 2, 2020 at 11:59 PST. Applicants will receive results by mid-June and funds will be issued to scholarship winners by end of August. [...]
When it comes to large dollar scholarships, mo' money means fewer problems in paying your college tuition bill. The average student will land between $1,000 and $5,000 in college scholarships after investing a decent amount of time and effort into applying for scholarships. Even smaller scholarships worth $500 are enough to cover books and fees, even if they aren't enough to foot an entire semester’s college tuition bill. [...]