They have had to say goodbye to mom or dad more times than anyone else, they have lived in more places before age ten than most people do in a lifetime, and as they grow up, they too want to further their education and go to college. Luckily, there are quite a few scholarships for military children wanting to go to college:
Scholarships For Military Children Who Want To Go To College
$2000 each, 500 total
The Details: The Fisher House scholarship is funded through manufacturers and suppliers whose products you can find at the Commissary. There will be at least one recipient of this award from each Commissary that has applicants. In some cases, more than one will be picked depending on how many people have applied at that location.
This award is open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserves, guard, or retired commissary customers. They must be enrolled or planning to be enrolled full time in a four-year accredited undergraduate college or university or two-year community college.
The Deadline: Will open for 2020 on December 15th.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Fisher House
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant
From $500-$4,000 depending on financial need
The Details: This award is for Air Force dependents. They must be a child of active duty, a Title 10 reservist on extended active duty, a Title 32 guard performing full-time active duty, in the retired reserve, retired, or a deceased Air Force service member.
They need to not reach the age of 24 during the award year. They will need to be a high school graduate enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate at an accredited college, university, vocational or trade school. The specific amount will correlate to a student’s particular level of financial need.
The Deadline: Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 academic year, dates for the 2020-2021 academic year should be out soon.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: AFAS
$4,000, $1,000 for each year, 6 awards given out
The Details: This award is for children and grandchildren of veterans, active duty, guard, and reserves. They would need to be high school seniors to be eligible. There is also a JRTC scholarship for $1,000 which would be a one-time payment.
The Deadline: Will reopen in January 2020.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: AMVETS
Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship (American Legion Auxiliary)
There will be 3, $5,000 scholarships per geographic region for a total of 15
The Details: This award is for children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of veterans who served in the armed forces during certain eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion.
The scholarship would be for undergraduate study at a four-year college or university for tuition, books, fees, room, and board.
If your family happens to be stationed overseas, your child can apply through the state that is your home of record.
The Deadline: March 1st
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://www.alaforveterans.org/Scholarships/Children-of-Warriors-National-Presidents–Scholarship/
Wings Over America
Most scholarships would be about $4,200, 50 a year
The Details: This award is for dependent children of US Navy personal, both officer and enlisted. Their parent needs to have served in the Naval Air Forces and can be active duty, retired, honorably discharged, or deceased.
The awards are for tuition and tuition related fees for undergraduate work only as well as Reserve Officer Candidate Programs.
Children need to be unmarried, up to age 22. They also must have graduated or be graduating seniors of an accredited high school or equivalent homeschool. They may use the award at trade or technical schools, colleges, and universities, and must be at full-time status.
The Deadline: March 1st
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://wingsoveramerica.us/scholarships
Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund
The Details: This award is open to immediate family members of an active duty, retired, reserve, or a deceased Chief Petty Officer of the US Navy.
They need to be about to graduate or have already graduated from high school or equivalent or have earned a GED. The award can be used for college, universities, community college, or vocational schools.
The Deadline: Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available, January 1, 2020.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: http://www.cposf.org/
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Between $2,000-$3,400 per student for two to four years, 25-30 new awards per year
The Details: Children of members or former members of the Submarine Force or those who have served in submarine support activities.
The children need to be in high school or college working towards an undergraduate degree or on a certification through a vocational or trade school. They also need to be unmarried and under 24 years old.
The Deadline: Applications accepted until March 15, 2020.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: http://dolphinscholarship.org/scholarships/
Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarship
Over 100 awards annually, between $2,500-$15,000 per scholarship.
The Details: This award is for children or grandchildren of current or former (US Navy, US Marine, US Coast Guard) Naval Aviators, Naval Flight Officers, or Naval Aircrewmans. The children or grandchildren of individuals who are serving or who have served on board a US Navy aircraft carrier also qualify.
This scholarship is for those enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college. A number of scholarships are awarded to those pursuing STEAM curriculum.
The Deadline: March
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://www.tailhook.net/tailhook-educational-foundation-home.html
The Details: They must be a dependent child of a member of the military, ages 24 and under.
They also need to be a current high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll or who is already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program.
They will need to go to an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational or technical school.
The Deadline: Applications will reopen the spring of 2020.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: http://www.thanksusa.org/scholarship-program.html
MG James Ursano Scholarship
The amount varies each year, was $500-$3,400 for the 2018-2019 year
The Details: This scholarship is to help assist children of army soldiers in receiving their first undergraduate degree. The child needs to be a dependent of an active duty, retired, or deceased soldier.
This award is need based and covers tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board. They also need to be going to school full-time in an accredited post-secondary or vocational institution.
The child also needs to be under the age of 24, unmarried, and not a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or another military branch themselves.
The Deadline: Applications for the 2020-2021 school year should be available January 1, 2020.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://www.aerhq.org/apply-for-scholarship/dependent-children
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
The Details: This award is for children of active duty, retired, or deceased sailors and marines. The children need to be under the age of 23, as of May 1,2020.
They also need to be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or post-secondary accredited two or four-year or technical or vocational school in the US.
This program will be giving out interest-free loans or grants.
The Deadline: Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will open on November 1, 2019. They will be due on May 1, 2020.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/education-loans-and-scholarships
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
The Details: This award is for the children of those serving as active duty or reserves in the US Marine Corps. The parent can also be a veteran with an honorable discharge, or one who was killed in action. Children of active duty or reserve US Navy Corpsman who are serving or who have served with a US Marine unit, veteran US Navy Corpsman who have served with a US Marine unit and have an honorable discharge, or those who have been killed in action while doing so also qualify.
The child needs to be attending or planning to attend college or career training at a school that is listed on the National Center for Education Stats College Navigator website in 2019-2020.
The family’s adjusted gross income for the 2018 tax year has to be less than $100,000. Non-taxable allowances are not included.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation also offers the Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for children of the fallen, which would be $30,000 over four years and the Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Wounded would be $6,000 to $40,000 over four years.
The Deadline: Applications open January 1st, and will close March 1st.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://www.mcsf.org/apply/eligibility/
Bonsai Finance Veterans Scholarship
The Details: This scholarship is a one-time payment of $1,000 for current or future education costs. In order to qualify, they must be a direct dependent of a veteran or active duty member of the US military.
They also must be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as an undergraduate student at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical school. They must also be a US citizen and not have already earned a previous bachelor’s degree.
The Deadline: The application period for 2019 is closed but check back after January 2020 for next year.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://bonsaifinance.com/veterans-scholarship/#terms
Veterans United Foundation Scholarship
10, one-time scholarships, up to $50,000 for the upcoming semester
The Details: This scholarship is for family members of service members and veterans to achieve their educational dreams. It is funded by contributions from Veterans United Home Loans and its employees.
To qualify, they must be a surviving child of a deceased service member from a service-related death or a veterans with a 100% service connected disability. They must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university by the Spring semester of 2020. They must be pursuing an associate, bachelor’s, graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral degree.
The Deadline: The application period for 2019 is closed.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship:
When looking into the different scholarships, make sure to double check the eligibility requirements before you apply. If the date has passed for the application, check back next year as the dates usually don’t change year to year. Finding extra money for school in the form of scholarships can be a wonderful way for your military children to start their college careers.
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