Aside from colleges, military branches, and veteran associations, some nonprofits dedicate themselves to supporting active military members, veterans, and family of service members. These military scholarships could help both those who serve and their dependents. Degree-seekers can explore dozens of these kinds of awards.
Who Can Apply: Created to help minor dependents of active duty, veteran, reserve, or National Guard members of all branches (beyond just the Air Force), this program awards one scholarship to a single winner each year. The scholarship prioritizes applicants whose parent or guardian served for eight or more years, or whose parent died while serving on active duty.
Who Can Apply: This scholarship looks for veterans, active duty, Guard or Reserve members, spouses, and dependents currently enrolled in high school. Applicants must plan on pursuing a full-time undergraduate, graduate, or technical degree. AMVETS selects winners based on academic merit and financial need.
Amount: Up to $12,000
Who Can Apply: This scholarship awards roughly $90,000 each year to applicants based on academic merit, financial need, and leadership qualities. Applicants must be veterans or dependents of members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Who Can Apply: Available to undergraduate learners, including those pursuing a non-degree certificate, this scholarship awards children and stepchildren of active duty, reserve, or veterans of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.
Amount: Based on financial need
Who Can Apply: Awarded one time per year, this scholarship helps spouses of active-duty military members and veterans further their education. Applicants may pursue nearly any type of education, including a degree, certificate, continuing education credits, and licensure.
Who Can Apply: Offered either as grants or interest-free loans, this award helps students pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree pay for their education. Applicants must be children or spouses of active duty, retired, or deceased Sailors or Marines.
Who Can Apply: This one-time award helps cover educational costs for dependents or spouses of active-duty, discharged, or retired military members. Applicants need a 2.0 GPA on their most recent academic record. They may pursue a degree at any two-year, four-year, vocational, or trade school.