Not only have some schools reduced their tuition for qualified Active Duty Servicemembers, veterans and their family members but also various organizations offer scholarships to qualified individuals. Military scholarships information is readily available, but many eligible service members and veterans may be unaware of all the programs that could help them afford college. A few places you can look for military-specific financial aid information include:
Colleges and universities may often have a special section of their website dedicated to help military members and their families. These resources may include college-specific military scholarships, external links to financial aid resources and contact information of people you could get in touch with for more information.
Military associations and organizations are created to help bring together the military community, so they may be likely to have relevant scholarship information. This may include information on memorial or foundation scholarships, scholarships for applicants of a specific area or study area, and more.
Some companies may offer exclusive veteran scholarships or financial assistance programs for qualified employees who served or currently serve in the military. Check the company’s websites or speak with the HR department to see if you are eligible for these benefits and opportunities.
If you’re a qualified active service member or veteran pursuing higher education, you may be able to receive financial assistance through military scholarships that are offered by a variety of organizations. Not sure where to start? Here is some information on a few military-specific scholarships you may want to look into.
- Companies that you or family members work for
- Military associations and organizations
- Colleges and universities you are considering applying to
Military Scholarships Information
AFCEA Military Personnel Scholarships: This scholarshipis for the qualified Active duty, veterans and disabled veterans who are currently enrolled part time or full time in an eligible degree program at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the U.S.
For more info on AFCEA, visit: afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/military.asp
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS):AFAS may provide financial assistance to qualifying Air Force members and their eligible family members who are pursuing higher education. The society offers opportunities for tuition assistance and grants.
For more info on AFAS, visit:afas.org/education-grants
Imagine America’s Military Award Program (MAP):MAP may offer $1,000 career education awards to qualified active duty, reservist, honorably discharged or retired veterans who are pursuing career college training.
For more info on MAP, visit: imagine-america.org/grantsformilitary
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS):NMCRS education programs may help qualified Sailors, Marines, and eligible dependents to afford higher education through scholarship opportunities and no-interest loans.
For more info on NMCRS, visit:nmcrs.org/pages/education-loans-and-scholarships
Troops to Teachers (TTT) Program: Troops to Teachers is a program run by the U.S. Department of Defense to help military members transition into new careers as public school teachers. Eligible military members may receive counseling and referral services to assist them in preparing for teaching certification and employment.
For more info on TTT, visit: www2.ed.gov/programs/troops/index.html
Scholarships Information for Veterans
Veterans and their family members may be eligible for a variety of college funding opportunities. Check out just a few of the available scholarship programs below.
ACHE/American Legion Scholarships: This scholarship is for the qualified children and grandchildren of veterans who have served in World War I, World War II, Korea, or Vietnam. Applicants must be residents of Alabama and must be attending an undergraduate institution with on-campus housing.
For more information about American Legion Scholarships, visit:legion.org/scholarships
Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Scholarship: AFCEA offers $2,500 to qualified active duty and discharged U.S. military veteran, reservists and National Guard personnel of the Afghanistan or Iraqi Operations. Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at accredited institutions in the United States.
For more information about AFCEA, visit: afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/WarVets.asp
AMVETS National Scholarships: Veterans who have exhausted their government aid may be eligible for this national scholarship opportunity. AMVETS offers $1000 each year for four years to help qualified veterans pursue an undergraduate degree. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of personal and academic merit as well as financial need.
For more AMVETS veteran scholarship information, visit: amvets.org/programs/scholarships/
Disabled War Veterans Scholarship: AFCEA offers $2,500 to qualified active-duty service members and discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists and National Guard personnel who are disabled during combat service
For more information about Disabled War Veterans Scholarship, visit:afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/DisabledWarVets.asp
Maine Vietnam Veterans Scholarships: This program is for qualified Maine veterans of the Vietnam Theater who served in the United States Armed Forces. Eligible descendants, as well as children of Armed Forces veterans, may also be eligible to apply.
For more information, visit: mainecf.org/statewidescholars.aspx
Marine Corps League National Scholarship: Qualified members of the Marine Corps League or Auxiliary or discharged Marines in need of rehabilitation training not provided by government programs may apply for the scholarship
For more information, visit: mcleague.com/mdp/index.php
Pat Tillman Military Educational Scholarship: Pat Tillman Foundation is not only offering scholarships covering educational expenses such as tuition and fees, books, living stipend but eligible Veterans and active-duty military service members and their spouses could benefit from the Tillman community and leadership opportunities within the network.
For more information about Pat Tillman Foundation, visit: pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship Program: To be eligible to apply for a MOPH Scholarship, each applicant needs to be a Purple Heart recipient who is also a member of MOPH, or his/her spouse, or his/her direct lineal descendentbr
For more information about Purple Heart Scholarship Program, visit: purpleheart.org/Scholarships/