84 Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans and Their Families

Last updated: March 19, 2018

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.

 
 

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.

Able Flight Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Candidates with a physical disability may apply. Awards have been given to students who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injury, wounded veterans, people with congenital birth defects and people who have lost limbs.

Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired Inspiration Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Veterans pursuing higher education are eligible to apply for this scholarship that honors Lieutenant General Hughes and his contribution to the national security career field.

Army Engineer Memorial Awards

Amount: $2,000

Deadline:

High school seniors whose parent, sponsor or legal guardian is a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, retired or deceased), National Guard U.S. Army Engineer, Reserve U. S. Army Engineer, 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.

MG James Ursano Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

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

AFCEA Scholarships

Amount: $2,500

Deadline:

Scholarships are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. Military Veterans. College major specifications vary per scholarship.

Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarships for Military Children

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Military children, including those of veterans and retirees, are eligible to apply for scholarships. Students must be entering an undergraduate program.

Army Scholarship Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Eligible candidates are active-duty and retired members of the United States Army. Scholarships are given for undergraduate studies.

Boundless Opportunity Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Returning military who plan to pursue higher education are eligible for this scholarship. Candidate must be a resident of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah or Wyoming.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Amount: $6,250

Deadline:

Scholarships and educational counseling are available to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. All post-secondary schools are eligible.

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

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.

Folds of Honor Foundation

Amount: Varies

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Post-secondary educational scholarships are awarded to the spouses and children of U.S. service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Sons and daughters of military veterans are eligible to apply. Scholarship monies go toward tuition costs.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Students with a parent or guardian who served as a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11 are eligible.

Matthews and Swift Educational Trust Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Children of those who served in the military forces of their country in a combat zone are eligible to apply for scholarships.

National Military Family Association

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

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.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline:

Paralyzed Veterans’ Educational Scholarship Program helps members and their immediate families with pursuing post-secondary education from accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

Pro Vets Memorial Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Candidates with good academic records who are pursuing higher education may apply. Preference is given to veterans of a foreign war or the children of any veteran of a foreign war.

Ranger Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund

Amount: $1,000

Deadline:

U.S. Army Rangers and their families are eligible for scholarships for higher education. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation College Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Surviving children of fallen Special Operations Forces are eligible for scholarships. Funds can be used for colleges, universities, vocational, technical and career institutions.

That Others May Live Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Scholarships are available to assist families of U.S. Air Force Rescue Heros who were killed or severely wounded in training or operational missions.

The Army College Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Candidates must have served in the Army or National Guard in order to be eligible. See scholarship website for eligibility and deadline details.

Troops to Teachers

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Current, separated and retired members of U.S. military branches are eligible for Troops to Teachers program services. Honorable discharge is required.

VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship”

Amount: $5,000

Deadline:

Candidates must be a retired, honorably discharged, active duty or a member of the National Guard or Reserve.

Association of Old Crows Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

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.

Daedalian Foundation Descendants Scholarships

Amount: $2,000

Deadline:

Descendants of Daedalian members are eligible to apply. Students must be pursuing a degree in the fields of aerospace engineering and flight.

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans

Amount: $1,000

Deadline:

The scholarship establishes a special award for military veterans pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. The awards are available to veterans of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy currently in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of veterinary school at any AVMA accredited school.