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The Best Scholarships for Active Duty, Veterans and Family

Finances shouldn’t be the thing holding you back from getting the education you want.

After World War II, the Montgomery G.I. Bill provided funding to returning veterans seeking a college education.

Since then the need for an educated workforce has continued to rise – as have the costs of obtaining a college education.

To meet the challenge of the cost of a college education, active-duty, veterans, Reserve and Guard members and their family members have a wide range of scholarships to apply for.  While there are hundreds of scholarships and funding programs, what follows is a sample of what is available.

Military Scholarships

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill: This provides education benefits for those who served on active duty for 90 days or more after September 10, 2001.

AMVET National Scholarship Program:The $1000 per academic year award is for those veterans who have exhausted the resources of the G.I. Bill.

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship: In honoring the service of women in the Army, the foundation provides funding to female undergraduate or graduate students who are serving or have served in the Army, Army Reserve, or Guard.

Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund: This offers up to 60 scholarships to dependents and spouses of active duty or veteran Chief, Senior Chief or Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund: To honor the fallen, this scholarship awards up to $25,000 to the dependent children of a deceased service member.

Hope for The Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships: This provides funding to military spouses and caregivers who seek to continue their educations.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship: This scholarship is available for all veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart, and it is open to the widows and dependents of the fallen who were posthumously awarded the medal.

American Legion Scholarships:Veterans, family members and American Legion members are eligible for their scholarships.

Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship: The program provides funding to the unmarried children under age 23 to service members who have died or been disabled while serving since 9/11.

Pat Tillman Scholarship: The foundation offers the “Leadership Through Action – Tillman Military Scholars” program, which offers financial assistance to the military community.

Troops to Teachers Program:Administered by the Department of Defense, it provides monetary support to veterans pursuing a degree in education or teaching.

Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program: Financial assistance provided for college or vocational degree programs is provided to widowed spouses and children of soldiers kill or disabled in the line-of-duty.

The Annual Veteran Recognition Scholarship: $1,000 annual College scholarship to help active duty, veterans, and their families.


Branch Specific Programs

Active duty and retired military personnel can also access funding sources in their specific branch of service.

The Air Force Tuition Assistance Program:This offers financial aid to active-duty enlisted personnel.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: The award opens the door of opportunity to the children of active duty, reserve and veteran Marines and Navy corpsman who served with Marines.

The Navy College Fund: To help active-duty and retired enlisted sailors complete a college education, these monies go beyond what the G.I. Bill provides.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society:The organization administers various grants and low-interest loan programs for service members, their spouses and dependents.

College/University Scholarships

Most colleges and universities across the country have offices of Veterans Affairs to help veterans find funding in order to pursue their education.  Below are some examples of what is available.

Michigan State University’s Office of Veterans Affairs: This program offers a number of financial aid programs, to include the MSU Disable Veterans Assistance Program.

Grantham University Scholarships: Military-related scholarships include the “Military Service Members Scholarship,” the “Military Severely Injured Scholarship” and “The Military Veterans Scholarship.”

De Anza College Scholarships: The college offers scholarships for veterans who have been wounded in the line of duty.

There are a host of websites dedicated to listing and explaining veteran oriented scholarships; one of the best is:


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