Military service members take extraordinary risks and make great sacrifices when they sign up to serve their countries. Oftentimes, spouses and families also make sacrifices along the way. Thankfully, there are many programs designed to pay back this service from dependents of military service members in the form of college scholarships.
If you're the child or dependent of a military service member and you're looking for a way to fill the financial gap in college tuition, check out the following scholarship opportunities.
We've compiled a list of opportunities for dependents by military branch. Search for:
This scholarship is for children and grandchildren of current or former active, reserve, retired or honorably discharged members of the Marine Corps Tank Unit and current members of the Marine Corps Tankers Association. The award can be used toward an undergraduate degree or graduate degree.
To provide college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of all Navy active duty, retired, or deceased who served in the Naval Air Forces. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic merit and community service.
These scholarships are open to children of Navy League members, as well as children of Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps members. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
High school seniors and current college students who are dependents of U.S. Navy Submarine Force members or veterans can apply for this scholarship. Awards are based on academic merit, extracurricular activities and community service. Applicants require an essay and recommendations.
Provides financial aid for students seeking a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion at a public institution in Arkansas. Designed for spouses or children of an Arkansas resident who has been declared to be missing in action, killed in action, a prisoner of war, or killed on ordnance delivery, or a veteran who has been declared to be 100% totally and permanently disabled during, or as a result of, active military service. Applicants must also be Alaska residents.
This program provides scholarships and grants to military spouses, military dependents, and transitioning service members for the advancement of oral health and wellness. Eligible applicants may be pursuing a wide range of programs such as dentistry, nursing, home healthcare aid, or caregiver training. Five grants in the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded.
The Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship was established to aid minor dependents of (officer or enlisted) Active Duty, veteran, or retired service members; reservists; or National Guard members of all branches pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded annually.
This opportunity is for dependent children or non-remarried spouses of Florida veterans or service members who died from injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been certified by with a permanent disability. This scholarship helps cover tuition and registration fees at an eligible higher education institution in Florida.
For military spouses and dependents who reside within a 60-mile radius of Hanscom Air Force Base. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, scholarship, citizenship, leadership and diversity of interests.
Students under 23 who are enrolling in a full-time college program and who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible for scholarships through this foundation. Parents need to be active duty or retired military.
The New York chapter of the American Logistics Association awards scholarships to children of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the military. Awards are based on academic merit, community involvement, work experience and financial need.
This scholarship is for members of Fallen Patriots Foundation who are military children and who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Scholarships cover tuition and books, as well as other college expenses.
MOAA offers one scholarship and several grants to dependents of officers eligible for MOAA membership, or who are children of active duty, Reserve, National Guard, or retired enlisted military personnel. Applicants must be under 24 years old.
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