There are a lot of fantastic programs for those who have served our country, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. But don’t forget about extra scholarships for veterans that are offered out there. They can give you a little bit of extra money towards your educational goals.
Scholarships for Veterans
Ranger Memorial Scholarship
25 scholarships, $1,000 each
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: Applications accepted between January 1st through June 1st, and you would be notified in July.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: https://www.rangermemorial.com/scholarship_application.aspx
AMVETS offers a few different scholarships for different amounts.
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
The Henry G. Huestis Memorial Scholarship
1 scholarship, $1,000
The Details: Veterans, active duty, National Guard, and Reserves can apply for these scholarships. You need to share evidence of active duty or veteran status and be enrolled or accepted to an eligible program.
The Deadline: Scholarship cycles start in January and are open until April. Please check back in 2019.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: http://amvets.org/scholarships/
The Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship
Average of $10,000 per academic year
The Details: This scholarship is to be used for tuition, books, and living expenses. The award is chosen on merit, clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential, and deep desire for positive change. Veterans, active duty, to include National Guard or Reserves can apply.
The Deadline: The next application cycle opens February 2019.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship:http://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/
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, to include 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 served in the war in Afghanistan or Iraq, 2003-present. This award is for tuition and fees, books, supplies, and equipment.
The Deadline: Applications are open August 13th until November 16th.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: https://www.afcea.org/site/?q=foundation/scholarships/war-veterans
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. You also need to show a financial need. You should have been accepted or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited postsecondary institution.
The Deadline: For fall, January 1st-April 30th. Spring, August 1st-November 15th.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: https://www.vfw.org/scholarship/
Google SVA Scholarship
8 scholarships, $10,000 each
The Details: This award is with the Student Veterans of America, and you must be enrolled as an undergraduate or a graduate student at an accredited four-year university or have an intent to be enrolled. You must maintain strong academic performance, be pursuing a computer science or computer engineering degree, or in a closely related technical field. You need to be a current student veteran with a DD-214 and a transcript or a student on active duty. National Guard and Reservists can also apply.
The Deadline: The application period for 2018-2019 is not yet open.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: https://studentveterans.org/29-program-services/129-2016-google-sva-scholarship
Law Office of Matthew L. Sharp Annual Military Scholarship
The Details: This award is to be used at vocational or trade school, a two or four-year school, or a graduate school. You will need to provide proof of military service.
The Deadline: August 1st, 2018
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: https://mattsharplaw.com/law-office-matthew-l-sharp-annual-scholarship-2/
TonaLaw Veteran’s Scholarship
$1,000 awarded semi-annually
The Details: This scholarship is for veterans of any branch, and you would need to be a student at an accredited school or accepted to begin within six months. This award is from the Law office of Thomas Tona, P.C.
The Deadline: Due July 31st for the fall semester, November 30th for the spring.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: https://tonalaw.com/scholarship/
The H & P Veterans Helping Veterans Scholarship
4 scholarships, 2 in the fall, 2 in the spring, $1,000
The Details: This scholarship is for veterans who plan to use their education to help other veterans. This award is from Hill & Ponton Disability Attorneys.
Website for more information and to apply for the scholarship: https://www.hillandponton.com/veterans-scholarship/
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 apply 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.