Military & Veteran College Scholarships & Grants
Military Scholarships for College for Active Duty, Veterans, Spouses and Dependents
Here is a list of military and veteran scholarships you can apply for, to help you pay for college and achieve your educational goals.
Finding scholarships for school can help keep your costs low, or even free. Add these scholarships with the GI Bill or other educational benefits you receive for college, and cost shouldn’t be an issue.
This is an overview of the college scholarships you can find at CollegeRecon for active duty military, veterans, military spouses and military dependents. At the bottom of this article you can find an overview of all the scholarships you can find at CollegeRecon broken out for easier review.
Scholarship Overview by Category
Here are examples of some of the scholarships that you can here at CollegeRecon.
Ranger Memorial Scholarship
The Details: The National Ranger Memorial Foundation partnered with the Ranger Battalions Association of WW2 to offer up this scholarship for qualified Rangers of all ages.
The Deadline: The deadline is typically the end of May.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: Ranger Memorial
AMVETS Generation T Scholarships
The Details: This scholarship is through a corporate grant from Lowe’s Company, Inc, and will offer $5,000 to each winner. They will be offering the scholarship in these skilled trades; carpentry, flooring, electrical, plumbing, painting, fencing, and cabinet installation. There is a 50% women and diversity focus.
The Deadline: They have a deadline in April and in September.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: AMVETS Generation T
Lowe’s AMVETS Technology Scholarships
10 awards, $5,000 each
The Details: This scholarship offers $5,000 to each winner. Applicants must be a student veteran, be a junior or senior at an accredited institution, and be enrolled in computer science. There is a 50% women and diversity focus.
The Deadline: Their deadline is in October.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: Lowe’s AMVETS Technology
Veteranpreneur Business Grant
4 grants, worth $25,000
The Details: This is a grant from AMVETS and Lowe’s, and they will be offering 4 grants worth a total of $25,000. These grants are for veterans who have a business in appliance repair, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and HVAC. They must have received certification in applicable trade, with 1-2 years of experience on the job, and have reached trade master level. There is a 50% women and diversity focus.
The Deadline: Applications are accepted from February 22, 2021, through September 24, 2021.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: Veteranpreneur Grant
The AMVETS Scholarship
3 scholarships, $4,000 each, $1,000 every year for four years
The Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship
2 scholarships, $12,000, $3,000 a year for four years
For more information and to apply for the previous two scholarships: Please visit the AMVETS site. The scholarship cycle typically runs from January 20th through April 30th.
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The Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship
Average of $10,000 per academic year
The Details: This scholarship is to cover either academic or living expenses and excludes investments, vacation travel, business expenses, or personal entertainment. The award is chosen on merit, clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential, and a deep desire for positive change. Veterans, active duty, including National Guard or Reserves can apply. They must be pursuing an undergraduate degree on a full-time basis.
The Deadline: The application cycle typically opens on February 1 and ends on February 28.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: Pat Tillman Foundation
AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship
The Details: This is a merit-based scholarship to persons on active duty in uniformed military services or honorably discharged veterans, including the National Guard and Reservists. You need to be currently enrolled in an eligible STEM major at an accredited four-year college or university. Distance learning or online programs affiliated with major US institutions are also eligible. You also must have been deployed abroad in support of one of the Overseas Contingency Operations. This award is for tuition and fees, books, supplies, and equipment.
The Deadline: Applications are usually open until mid-November.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: AFCEA
VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship
Up to $5,000
The Details: This scholarship is for service members and veterans. The award will be for tuition and fees only. You must be an E5 or below or been one at separation. Also, you will need to demonstrate financial need. You should have been accepted or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited post-secondary institution.
The Deadline: For fall, January 1st-April 30th. Spring, August 1st-November 15th.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: VFW Website
Your Local College
When you have decided where to go to school, make sure to check what scholarships your local college or university might offer. Some might offer special discounts for veterans as well. The award amount can vary but can be another way to find money for school.
Scholarships are worth applying for and worth spending time on. They can save you money to help pursue your educational goals, and you always have a chance of winning the award.
Scholarships That Don’t Require You To Be A Veteran
The following scholarships are for more than just veterans but would be important to check to see if you qualify for them.
The Bellhops $10,000 “Moving Forward” Scholarship Contest
$10,000, One Recipient
The Details: This scholarship is for either a current college student or an incoming freshman, to complete their education. They must be enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited undergraduate college or university. They also must have a GPA of 3.0 or more and will need to write an essay that explains the importance of their major and how they plan to use it to make an impact.
The Deadline: The deadline is typically in September.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Bellhops
Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
$1,000, One Recipient
The Details: This scholarship is for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors or current or entering college or graduate school students of any level. There is no age limit and homeschool students also qualify. They must be a US citizen or legal resident.
They will need to complete the application form on the website to include a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applicants will be selected as finalists. Then, the finalists will be asked to write a full length 500-1,000 word essay about texting while driving.
The Deadline: On or about September 30th to coincide with September’s No Texting While Driving Day.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Don’t Text and Drive
The Annual Votacall Innovate | Communicate College Scholarship Essay Contest
$2,000, One Recipient
The Details: This scholarship is for students who are currently enrolled in or planning to attend an accredited US college or university.
Applicants must submit an essay addressing a technology-related topic provided by Votacall. The essay question varies each year.
The Deadline: The deadline is typically in September.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Votacall
Global Teletherapy Academic Excellence Award
$1,000, One Recipient
The Details: This scholarship is for any current college or graduate school student who understands what it means to accept responsibility to improve his or her community. Students must be enrolled in a college, university, or graduate school during the academic year. They need to be in good academic standing with a 3.0 GPA or higher. They will also need permission from his or her parents or legal guardian.
Students will need to write a 2,000-word essay on how to better oneself.
The Deadline: November
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Global Teletherapy
Build U. Scholarship
$2,500 per semester, One Recipient
The Details: To apply for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program in the United States and Canada, majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM.) They must be 18 years old at the time of submission and in good academic standing with their college or university. They can not accept high school students no matter their age.
To apply for this scholarship, the student will need to talk about a company or organization they admire that exemplifies any of these values: focuses on customers first, is helpful and supportive, communicates openly and honestly, are nimble and flexible, takes initiative and work hard, and are passionate and have fun. The essay will need to be less than 1,000 words. In addition to the essay, students will need to submit a short video in response to, “What Would the Build U Scholarship Mean For Your Education?”
The Deadline: April 15th for the spring semester and November 1st for the fall semester.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Build U
Make Me Laugh Scholarship
$1,500, One Recipient
The Details: For this scholarship, the student needs to be at least 13 years of age or older, and a legal resident of one of the 50 states or Washington DC. They also must be currently enrolled or enrolled no later than the fall of 2026 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.
They would need to submit an online written response to “OMG… finding and applying for scholarships is serious business, but it’s time to lighten things up a little. We don’t want to know why you deserve $1,500 or how great your grades are, we simply want to LOL. Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh!” The response needs to be in 250 words or less.
The Deadline: End of August
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Make Me Laugh
Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship
$1250 for Undergraduates, Three Recipients, $1750 for Graduates, Two Recipients
The Details: This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who are current members of SHAPE America, or they can become one at the time of application. They also need to be majoring in the field of health, physical education, recreation, dance, or sport. For undergraduate applicants, they need to be in their junior or senior year at a baccalaureate granting college or university. For graduates, they need to be enrolled in a matriculated full-time masters or doctoral program. They will need to have a GPA of at least 3.5.
The criteria for this scholarship will be based on scholastic proficiency, evidence of leadership, school, community, and professional activity/service, and character attributes.
Winners will also be given a complimentary 3-year SHAPE America membership.
The Deadline: Mid-October
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Ruth Abernathy
Scholarships for Military Dependents
If you are looking for scholarships for dependents, check out these two scholarships:
$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: Applications are due in April and September.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: AMVETS
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: The application cycle typically runs from the beginning of October through mid-March.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Dolphin Scholarship
Military Scholarships for Gold Star Families
Folded Flag Foundation
The Details: This scholarship is for a spouse or a child under 26 years old of a member of the military who died as a result of hostile action or in an accident related to US combat operations. Family members of employees of the US government who died as a result of the same thing also quality.
Through The Children’s Education Scholarship, children of the fallen, from K-12, can receive a scholarship and educational grants to cover private school tuition and fees, tutoring, after school programs, summer camps, and other expenses.
College-bound spouses and children can receive the College or Technical/Trade school scholarship. This will cover tuition and fees, books, computers, living expenses including childcare, tutoring, test preparation services, and career preparation expenses.
The Website: Folded Flag Foundation
Folds of Honor
The Details: The Higher Education Scholarship is for spouses and dependents of service members who have been KIA, lost a limb, died while on active duty, or who have been classified as having a service connected evaluation, rated by the VA.
You will need to be enrolled or planning to be enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor’s degree. It is required that you attend an accredited college or university. 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.
The award will be used to subsidize the costs of tuition, school books, fees, on-campus room and board, and approved education and tutoring as well as other expenses.
This award is based on “unmet need” and can be valued up to $5,000. If a student is going to school on a part-time basis, they would only receive up to $2,500.
There is also a Children’s Fund Scholarship to help provide support for dependents ages K-12 for approved and accredited private school tuition, educational tutoring, required books, and school uniforms.
The Deadline: Application period is from the beginning of February through the end of March.
Website: Folds of Honor
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Fun and Interesting Scholarships
The Tall Club International Student Scholarship
Up to $1,000, depending on the chapter, multiple scholarships given out
The Details: The Tall Clubs International Foundation was started in 1992. They offer a scholarship based on local chapters. In order to qualify for the scholarship, a student needs to be under the age of 21, about to enter their first year of higher education, and meet the membership requirements for Tall Clubs International. This means that women need to be at least 5’10” and men need to be at least 6’2”. They also need to check the list of their local TCI Clubs to see if their local chapter has an available scholarship. If they don’t, they will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Deadline: Applicants must request an application from September through February. The due date for applications is typically around March 1.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Tall.org
Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
The Details: This scholarship is open to students at least 13 years of age, in all 50 states and Washington DC. They must be currently enrolled or enroll no later than the fall of 2025 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. In order to apply, the student must submit and answer this statement: “Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive.” Their response needs to be in 250 words or less.
The Deadline: October 31st
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Unigo
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