Giving Back To Those Who Serve so Bravely...

If you're a veteran, active-duty servicemember, or spouse of a veteran you can enter our $1,000 Military Scholarships Essay Contest!

Military Scholarships Essay Contest for Military Personnel, Veterans, and Spouses

Complete a Short Entry Form

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Click "Apply Now" to get started.

Write Your Entry Essay

As part of the application process, we require a short 250 word essay in response to our prompt question.

Submit Your Entry

The Deadline to Submit is February 28, 2017. We'll review and notify the winner within 90 days. 

Serving those who Serve Through our Military Scholarships Program

Every day, the people of America depend on the men and women of the United States Armed Forces to protect our land, values, and freedoms both at home and throughout the world. And the spouses of those in the Armed Forces also do their part to support military personnel, as well as take care of their children—all while building a better future for themselves and their military family.

Why was the Military Scholarships Essay Contest Created?

Everybody knows that education is valuable, but it can sometimes also be expensive. Paying for your education on top of everyday expenses can be difficult, and every little bit can help! Therefore, in an attempt to try to show gratitude to the sacrifices made by the United States of America’s military families, eLearners is offering a scholarship worth $1,000 to eligible military veterans and spouses in an effort to help offset the costs associated with enhancing your education and pursuing those next steps in your civilian career path.

Because financing one’s education can affect a whole family’s financial situation, all active military, veterans, as well as their spouses can apply for this scholarship. When awarded, the recipient can use the $1,000 tuition voucher for any cost associated with his or her school bursar’s office (some restrictions may apply based on the school). 

Military Scholarships for Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members and Spouses
Military Scholarships for Active Duty and Veteran Military Personnel

Military Scholarships Essay Contest Guidelines

In order to apply to the Military Scholarships Program, you will be required to submit a 250 word response to the following essay question about your service:

How has your military service better prepared you to enhance your education?

The deadline to submit your application is February 28, 2017. Notification will occur on or around May 31, 2017.

Military Scholarships Essay Contest Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be military active duty, honorably discharged, veteran, or a spouse from any branch of the military.

This contest is open only to those legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2018) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university, or trade school).

Please refer to our Official Scholarship Rules for more information.

You Can't Win the Military Scholarships Essay Contest...Unless You Apply...

Frequently Asked Questions about the Military Scholarships Essay Contest

Why was the Scholarship for Military Personnel, Veterans, and Spouses Program created?

This scholarship program was created in an effort to offset some of the cost of education for people who serve, or have served our country, and also to offset some of the cost of education for their families.

Who is eligible to apply to the Scholarship for Military Veterans and Spouses?

Applicants must be military active duty, honorably discharged, veteran, and or spouse (any branch of the military). See eligibility requirements for full details. 

How many times can I apply to the Military Scholarships Essay Contest?

We allow applicants to submit one (1) application and essay per cycle. Additionally, your essay must be previously unpublished.

If I am a previous military scholarship recipient, can I apply again?

Yes, entrants, including winners, are free to enter again next year, so long as they remain eligible.

What is the judging criteria for the Military Scholarships Essay Contest?

eLearners is looking for eligible applicants to submit applications that are well-written and that clearly and creatively address the essay topic. Judging is based on: writing ability (25%), creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%).

How many scholarships will be awarded and what is the award amount?

There will be one (1) winning essay each year. The winner will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to help fund their post-secondary education and have their winning essay posted on our website.

How do I enter to win the Military Scholarships Essay Contest?

First, make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements. Then, fill out the short application and write a creative and well thought out essay.

I’m a part-time student. Am I still eligible to receive a scholarship?

Yes! As long as you are actively enrolled in a post-secondary program during the Fall 2018 semester, are 18 or older, and an active-duty or veteran member of the United States Military, you are eligible to enter this essay contest.

When will the winner be notified?

The winner will be notified on or around May 31, 2017. However, please note that deadline to submit your application is February 28, 2017, so don't wait! Winner will be notified by phone, text, or email.

How do I accept my scholarship if I win?

Winners are issued a scholarship voucher that is good until the posted expiration date. Once the scholarship winner is enrolled in college, he/she can submit the scholarship voucher for payment. A check is then issued as payable to the college on behalf of the student.

How may the scholarship be used?

Military Scholarships are to be used by students for post-secondary, education-related expenses: such as, but not limited to, tuition, fees, books, supplies, on-campus room & board, etc.

What are military-friendly schools?

Military-friently schools are generally characterized by military support on campus and academic credit for military service. Military friendly universities typically offer flexible options, such as evening and online courses.

What are Military Students Studying?

Common areas of study for Military Students include Law Enforcement, Business, Social Sciences, Healthcare & Computer Science.

Where can I see previous winners?

You can visit our Winners Circle to see a full list of previous Military Scholarships Essay Contest winners.