To find additional scholarships, veterans and their dependents can focus on organizations that will have scholarships specifically for them. Some of these are military based, but others are made possible by civilian organizations or schools. A few example scholarships are provided here; keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list, so individuals are encouraged to check out each organization directly to see their full scholarship offerings.
Students who are members of the National Guard or in a ROTC National Guard program will have a number of scholarships available just for them. Those interested can find out more by speaking with their superior officer.
Dedicated Army National Guard (DEDNG) Scholarship
Those scoring at least a 920 on the SAT (19 on the ACT) and having a 2.50 high school GPA can apply for this scholarship, which provides full tuition, an additional $1,200 for books and a monthly allowance of between $350 and $500.
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship
This scholarship is similar to the DEDNG scholarship, but is designed for students who are entering their junior year of college. They must also join the Simultaneous Membership Program of a ROTC unit on campus.
Schools of Interest
Schools have endowments and other arrangements in place to help students with education costs. Unlike many merit based scholarships, students must apply for these through a specific application process.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars aims to help veterans and their families, which includes assisting them with education. Anyone interested in a VFW scholarship can get more information online or go to their local VFW post.
Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship
Multiple scholarships of up to $5,000 are possible to those who are active duty, retired or have been honorably discharged from the armed forces. Financial need will also be a major consideration for this scholarship.
The American Legion’s mission is to support veterans and active duty service members in multiple ways, including scholarship support. Interested students can apply online and get more information from their local post.
The Legacy Scholarship goes to children of post-9/11 veterans who died in active duty or have been disabled. This scholarship is based on need. The award may provide up to $20,000 for graduate or undergraduate education expenses.
This scholarship was funded by an endowment from Samsung as a gesture of gratitude for the US soldiers who fought in the Korean War. Amounts range from $1,250 to $10,000. This is available to those who attend either the American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs and are direct descendants of a US military veteran that fought in a recognized conflict or war.
Specific Military Branches
Each of the major US military branches has a variety of financial programs in place for veterans. Here are a few of the numerous scholarship opportunities available directly from a student’s respective home military branch.
Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program (ASCP)
This program provides $15,000 in scholarship money for each academic year, plus $510 per year for textbooks. To apply for this scholarship, airmen must leave active duty and enlist in the Air Force Reserve.
Sea Service Scholarship
Available to residents of Alaska, the Sea Service Scholarship provides up to four $1,000 awards for the undergraduate education of dependents of a retired, active duty or reserve member of the US Navy, Coast Guard or Marine Corps.
Spouse Education Assistance Program
Run by Army Emergency Relief and fully endorsed by the US Army, this program provides up to several thousand dollars in undergraduate scholarship money for the spouses of Army soldiers.
Nonprofit Organizations Supporting Service Members, Veterans, Families
The single biggest source of veteran (and dependent) scholarships will usually come from private, non-profit organizations. Students interested should apply directly through these organizations.
Air Force Association – Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship
This $1,000 annual scholarship goes to minor dependents of active duty, veteran or retired service members who are attending an accredited post-secondary institution.
AMVETS – The AMVETS Scholarship
This scholarship goes to three recipients, who will each receive $1,000 over the course of four years. Applicant must be a veteran, active duty or reservist student.
FRA Education Foundation Scholarship
With awards of up to $5,000, students can apply for this scholarship if they have a connection to the US Navy, Coast Guard or US Marine Corps, whether through the student’s own service or that of a close family member.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – Undergraduate & Associate Degree Scholarship
In addition to having at least a 2.00 GPA, students who are children of an active duty, reserve or veteran US Marine or Navy Corpsman and demonstrate financial need may apply for this scholarship. It provides $7,500 per academic year.
National Military Family Association – Military Spouse Scholarship
Any spouse of a current or former member (as long as the former service member is retired or medically retired) of the US military can apply for this scholarship. Most scholarship awards are about $1,000 and can be used for almost any educational or professional advancement program.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society – Education Assistance Grant
These grants can range in size from between $500 and all the way up to $3,000 per academic year. Applicants must be a child or spouse of a retired, deceased or active duty Sailor or US Marine.
ThanksUSA – Helping Hand Scholarship
Granting up to $38,000 over three years, the Helping Hand Scholarship goes to dependent children or spouses of US military personnel, including veterans.
For Profit Organizations
Many companies want to make a difference in the community. Some choose to provide financial assistance to those who have served their county. These scholarships are available directly from the sponsoring organization.