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.

NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship

Amount: $8,000

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Scholarships are available for service members, veterans and their spouses pursuing a career in professional counseling. Candidates must be enrolled in a CACREP-accredited counseling master's program.

CCMW Educators Scholarships

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: October 31, 2020

The Council of College and Military Educators Scholarship offers scholarships to military service members and their spouses. Candidates must be pursuing higher education.

Hill & Ponton Veterans Helping Veterans Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Applicants must be veterans of the armed forces and must plan to use their education to help fellow veterans

VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 15, 2020

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

Boundless Opportunity Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 15, 2020

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.

Tonalaw Veteran's Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Eligible applicants must be veterans of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and must be college students or plan to enroll in college within 6 months of application.

Military Child of the Year Award

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 9, 2020

Outstanding military children who demonstrate leadership, resiliency and achievement in their communities will be selected. Candidate must be the legal dependent child of a service member.

Able Flight Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 31, 2020

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.

Hawai'i Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2021

Hawaii Community Foundation is providing a wealth of financial support to qualified students throughout Hawaii. With over 250 scholarships, Hawaii students can surely find a scholarship that applies to them.

Army Scholarship Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2021

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

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2021

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.

ProNet International Gifts & Scholarships, Inc.

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2021

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.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation College Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2021

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: January 1, 2021

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

Daedalian Foundation Descendants Scholarships

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: January 1, 2021

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

Warrior Thunder (JHS) Veterans' Children Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 1, 2021

This scholarship is for United States service members who received an honorable discharge from any branch of service of the U.S. Armed Forces; including high school, college and graduate school students.

Army Women’s Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Applicant must be a woman who has served or is serving honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard or the child of a woman who served honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard. See website for more details.

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

Amount: $500

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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.

AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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.

Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: February 2, 2021

Awards are intended to support relatives of Army Service Women. Applicants should be high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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.