Military Scholarships

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.

Both the Army and the Navy have ROTC programs that collaborate with a number of colleges across the country. And if you are a member of the Illinois National Guard, you may be eligible to receive the Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant that awards undergraduate and graduate students annually.

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.

*DEFUNCT*Texas Military Group Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
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American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • This scholarship helps people who are part of The Legion Family pursue a college degree later in life or allow them to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted. If you're at this place in life, this may be the right scholarship for you. Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for [...] More

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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

American Legion Auxiliary Spirit of Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The American Legion Auxiliary annually provides one Junior member in each of the five American Legion Auxiliary divisions with a scholarship. The applicant must have held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the immediate past three years; must hold a membership card for the current year; and must continue to maintain membership throughout the four-year scholarship period. Scholarship [...] More

American Legion Auxililary Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Candidates for the American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship shall be direct descendants of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion. Applicant must complete 50 hours of community service during his/her high school years and must be a senior in high school at the time of application. For more [...] More

Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Education Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/30/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • One of the Army Nurse Corps Association’s major initiatives is the Scholarship Program. Its purpose is the support of nursing education through scholarship funding to worthy students who are US citizens in an accredited program in baccalaureate or graduate nursing, anesthesia, or related healthcare field. Below are the eligibility criteria and general information.

    Applicants must be currently [...] More

Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/2/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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

Charles Shelton Veterinarian Medicine/Technology Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 aa African-American [...] More

CSUB Dr. Robert W. & Jean L. Sheldon Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,375
  • 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

Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • 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

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (duvs) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $250
  • The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (duvs) Scholarship is awarded to a deserving member to assist with her education at the post-secondary level. Members may apply for funding during their senior year in high school. The applicant must have been active as a duv for a minimum of two consecutive years. The applicant must have and maintain a satisfactory scholastic standing. For more [...] More

Delaware Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans and Others

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

EOD Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/22/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Applicants must be the child, stepchild, spouse, or grandchild, or other DoD recognized dependent of a graduate of NAVSCOLEOD. NAVSCOLEOD graduates are not eligible for scholarship awards. Active Duty personnel are not eligible for scholarship awards. Military academy students are not eligible to receive EODMF Scholarships. Students may apply in case they are not accepted or decide not to attend [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation 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.

    Applicant 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 15, [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Worchid Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education.

    Applicant must be an Illinois High School Senior who is the child of a deceased father or mother who was a Veteran of the United States of America who served after September 15, 1940, and was Honorably Discharged. [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education.

    Applicant must be an Illinois High School Senior who has been accepted into a pre-approved nursing program (A copy of an acceptance letter must accompany the application.) or may already be a student in an approved [...] More

Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • 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

Junior Horizons Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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
    Applicants must be a female, be a citizen of the United States, be a resident of Michigan, be a high school senior (grade 12) [...] More

Lackland Officers' Spouses Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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

Mary Rowena Cooper Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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

Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Michael S. and Jeffrey C. Hagler Scholarship Fund is for nontraditional students enrolling in at least 9 credits in a degree-seeking or certification program at Boise State University or College of Western Idaho. Students must be a resident of the state of Idaho and demonstrate financial need. Must be 24 years or older. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Military Child of the Year Award

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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

Nam Knights of America MC - Dellaware Valley Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 5/30/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

New Hampshire Scholarships for Orphans of Veterans

  • Application Deadline: 9/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

ProNet International Memorial Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $15,000
  • 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

The Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 & Myrth Fox Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Graydon & Myrth Fox Scholarship was established to assist individuals who are seeking to further their job skills or improve their circumstances through education. This award is available to students who are pursuing a degree through either the business schools at California State University, Chico or the University of Florida, Gainesville; or a degree in elementary education at the Coastal [...] More

Tillman Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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

U.S. Navy Loan Repayment Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $65,000
  • 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

University of Great Falls Academic Merit Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $8,500
  • The University of Great Falls is committed to providing an affordable, private college experience of exceptional value. 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 [...] More

Virginia Military Survivors & Dependents Education Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

William and Patsy Zorn Veterans Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

Wings Over America Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation is sponsoring scholarships to further the post-secondary education of deserving students. Last year, this foundation assisted 50 deserving dependents. 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 [...] More

Women's Overseas Service League

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

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