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Scholarships and Grants for Military Spouses

If you are a military spouse and are thinking about going back to school, you might be wondering how you will pay for everything. College isn’t cheap but there are options such as MyCAA, or having your spouse spouse transfer their GI Bill to you. But beyond that, there are other options out there including scholarships for military, veterans, and their families.

Here is a list of military spouse scholarships that you can apply for. See if you qualify, double-check when the applications are due, and make a plan for your career by going back to school.

 


National Military Family Association Military Spouse Scholarships

Average amount awarded: $1,000

The Details: Must be a military spouse with a valid ID.

This award may be used towards:

    • degrees
    • certifications
    • licensure
      • clinical supervision for mental health licensure
    • CEUs
    • business expenses
    • and more

The award may not be used for books and materials, or student loans. You can reapply every year.

Who’s Eligible:

Spouses married to the following:

    • Active duty service member
    • Reserve
    • National Guard
    • Medically Retired
    • Wounded
    • Fallen service member
    • Dual service

Divorced applicants may also apply if they qualify for the 20/20/20 benefit.

Website for Get more information and to apply for this scholarship

 

>> For more scholarships for military, veterans, spouses and dependents, please use the CollegeRecon Scholarship Finder.

 


Pat Tillman Foundation

Average of $10,000

The Details: This award is for spouses of active duty service members or veteran service members, including surviving spouses. You will need to be enrolled full-time in a degree program. This award is also only for those that are pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree.

You will also want to check to see if your school is a Pat Tillman Foundation University Partner. If so, they guarantee one Tillman Scholar per year and help facilitate the election process.

The award is good for tuition and fees, living expenses, and books.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

10 one-time scholarships totaling up to $50,000

The Details: This scholarship is for surviving spouses from a service-related death. You will need to be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in an associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral degree program. You will also need to be comfortable sharing part of your story.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


Hope for the Warriors Military Spouse Scholarship

Number of scholarships awarded and amounts vary

The Details: This scholarship is to identify, recognize and reward Post 9/11 spouses/caregivers for what they do in the face of adversity. The money awarded is to help aid in continuing education at a reputable, accredited university, college or trade school. The scholarship can be used for tuition, books, and supplies.

Here are the different scholarships:

    • Honorary Scholarship – Awarded to those seeking a graduate or postgraduate degree.
    • Restoring Family Scholarship – Awarded to Spouses of the Fallen
    • New Beginnings Scholarship – Awarded to those pursuing entry-level classes or training.
    • Restoring Hope Scholarship – Awarded to an MSW Student
    • Restoring Self Scholarship – Awarded to those seeking any undergraduate degree.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


Folds of Honor

Up to $5,000

The Details: You must be enrolled or planning to be enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, you will have to go to an accredited college or university.

However, you can also be enrolled in an accredited technical or trade school program which results in a certificate or diploma, as long as you don’t already have a Bachelor’s degree. If you are enrolled part-time, the award will be half what it would have been if you were going full-time.

The award is based on “unmet need” which is the portion of your tuition, fees, on-campus dormitory housing, on-campus meal plans, and required textbooks for the term that are not covered by other sources.

Who’s Eligible:

The Higher Education Scholarship is for spouses of service members who have:

      • been KIA
      • lost a limb
      • died while on active duty
      • been classified as having a service-connected evaluation, rated by the VA

If your spouse is active duty, they will need to have received a Purple Heart or had a loss of limb.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


The Patriot Education Fund

Number of scholarships awarded and amounts vary

The Details: This fund is for a spouse of an E1-E5, Post-9/11 military member. You must be eligible to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, be accepted into a program, and demonstrate financial need. It can be used for certificate, trade, and vocational programs, undergraduate 4-year degrees, bachelor’s degrees, or other adequate accredited occupational programs of the 4-year level and under.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: FAQ link (non-secure), application link (secure)

The following scholarships are all branch-specific so make sure you are aware of that before you apply!


Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program

Each year is different, between $500-$2,200

The Details: This award is for spouses of active duty or retired soldiers as well as widows(ers) to help them pursue their first undergraduate degree. The award is based on financial need, for full or part-time students attending an accredited college.

Keep in mind that you might not receive the full amount for the award if you receive aid from the GI Bill or other sources.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


Navy Wives Club of America-NMCCG Enlisted Dependent Spouse Scholarship

Up to 2 scholarships awarded; Up to $1,500 each

The Details: The Navy Wives Club of America Scholarship is to help further your college education, vocational business, or other training.

Who’s Eligible: This scholarship is for:

Enlisted Spouses of Active Duty and Retired Service members of the following branches:

    • Navy
    • Marine Corps
    • Coast Guard

It is also open to widows and widowers of these branch service members.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Interest-free loans and grants between $500 and $3,000

The Details: This award is for undergraduate or post-secondary education at an accredited 2 or 4-year educational, technical, or vocational institution.  You also need to be enrolled or planning to be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited school. The award needs to be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board.

Who’s Eligible: Spouses of an active duty or retired sailor or marine.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


AFA Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship program

Two scholarships, $2,500 each

The Details: This scholarship is to help Air Force and Space Force spouses pursue their Associate’s, Bachelor’s, graduate or post-graduate degrees.

Who’s Eligible: Your spouse must be active duty Air Force or Space Force, in the Air National Guard, or be an Air Force civilian employee.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


Delta Dental Grants

Five grants, $2,000 each

The Details: This is a grant from Delta Dental which provides scholarships and grants to military spouses, for the advancement of oral health and wellness. Eligible applicants must be pursuing a wide range of programs such as dentistry, nursing, home healthcare aid, or caregiver training. They are partnered with the Air Force Association (AFA.)

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship.


Coast Guard Foundation Lisa Cook Reed Spouse Education Scholarship

Scholarship amount: $500

The Details: This scholarship is for enlisted Coast Guard spouses in ranks, E3-E6 who will be studying at a nationally or regionally accredited educational institution. The award will cover books, school fees, transportation, as well as childcare costs.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Coast Guard Foundation


FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship

Scholarship amount: The costs of the AFC® training and testing.

The Details: This program provides military spouses the opportunity to earn the AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor®) certification—while providing financial counseling and education to the military community. The fellowship covers the costs associated with completing the AFC® training and testing. Created in 2006, this opportunity is made possible through generous funding and support by FINRA Foundation, and in partnership with the National Military Family Association (NMFA).

Only full-time undergrad or graduate university students are eligible for this fellowship.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: AFCPE – FINRA Foundation


Important Note

Please note some of these application deadlines may have passed when you read about them. Make sure to be aware of when the application window opens back up for the next year.

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