Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans and Their Families

Last updated: April 23, 2019

If you’re a veteran who has served in the United States military, you and your family qualify for a number of scholarships and grants that will help cover the cost of higher education. As an opportunity to thank the men and women who have served their country, many organizations and schools offer scholarships to help veterans earn an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Whether you’re looking into schools for yourself, a spouse or a family member, you can find the financial support and resources you need regardless of military branch. Follow this guide to find out how you can apply for financial aid and use our interactive tool to sort through over 80 scholarships for veterans based on type and award amount.

Regardless of the branch of military you served, there are many opportunities available to help you pay for college such as government programs, student loans and scholarships—find the best combination that works for you!

How to Pay for College

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill

Veterans with an honorable discharge who served in the military for at least 90 days after September, 10, 2001 are eligible to receive education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 Bill. The funds that you receive are based off of the amount of time served. Although the GI Bill is a great opportunity for veterans, there are caps to the budget, so it may not cover the entire cost of attending college.

 
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The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program provides money to veterans who plan to attend private schools or graduate programs that cost more than what the post-9/11 GI Bill allows. To find out if you’re college or university participates in the program, use the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs information page.

 
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Scholarships

There are thousands of scholarships available for military veterans, which are awarded by organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
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Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you’re having any trouble answering the questions, you can refer to our FAFSA step-by-step guide.

 
 

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If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

For most scholarships, you’ll have to provide proof that you’re a student veteran with an honorable discharge by submitting your DD-214. If you’re a student on Active Duty, you’ll have to submit a Memorandum of Understanding from your commanding officer to show that you are in good standing.
Not all scholarships are based on GPA, but most need to verify your high school education or current college transcript to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former professors, advisors or supervisors so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements as well.
 

Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans

Instructions: Use the filters to sort through scholarships that are available for veterans or families of veterans who served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, National Guard, or Coast Guard.

Army Engineer Memorial Awards

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: February 28, 2021

High school seniors whose parent, sponsor or legal guardian is either a U.S. National Guard or Reserve Army Engineer (active duty, retired or deceased), or current department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as well as a current member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club may apply.

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 15, 2021

High school seniors and current undergraduate students are eligible. Students must be the child or stepchild of a member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force.

Association of Old Crows Scholarships

Amount: $12,500

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Students and prospective students who are interested in national defense or who are active duty members may apply. Current eligibility requirements are listed on the scholarship website.

MG James Ursano Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2021

Children of Army soldiers who are obtaining their undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. Scholarships are renewable.

BVA Kathern F. Gruber Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 17, 2021

Scholarships are awarded to spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans.

AMVETS Scholarships

Amount: up to $12,000

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Scholarships are available to active duty, veterans and reserves of the U.S. military and their children and grandchildren. Award amounts and eligibility are listed on the scholarship's website.

National Military Family Association Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 15, 2021

Spouses, children and other family members are eligible for scholarships through the National Military Family Association. Eligibility and award amounts are listed on the scholarship website.