54 Military Scholarships, Grants and Tips for Veterans and Their Families
November 12, 2019
As a nation, it’s important for us to give back to our veterans as much as possible. One way our society and government does this is through offering former service members financial support in the form of veterans scholarships and grants. These local, state and federal allowances help our veterans support themselves in their pursuit of higher education so they can transition into prosperous careers after they’ve fulfilled their time in the service.
Of course, finding these opportunities isn’t always easy — scholarships and grants often require a bit of searching before you can find them. If you’re a veteran — or know someone who is — then you’re in luck. We’ve provided a thorough list of veterans scholarships and grants below.
Read the full guide to see all the opportunities available to you, or explore the links below to skip to a specific section. Thank you for service — and best of luck on your hunt for scholarships and grants to further your education!
Scholarships and Grants for Veterans and Military Families
There are plenty of veterans scholarships out there. Most of them are also open to active duty service members and their dependents, be it children or a spouse. With that mind, the scholarships we’ve listed below are open to veterans and their families unless specified. However, there are some scholarships available exclusively to children of veterans or active duty service members, which we’ve also mentioned below.
Grants for Veterans
Imagine America Foundation: This $1,000 grant is offered to active duty, honorably discharged and retired veterans who are enrolling into a participating college. Click the link for more details and apply in no time!
AFCA War Veterans Scholarship: This $2,500 scholarship is for active duty service members and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, including Reservists and National Guard personnel, who were deployed in one of the Overseas Contingency Operations. Click the link to learn more and see if you qualify!
AMVETS National Scholarships: AMVETS offers several scholarships providing between $1,000–$4,000 depending on the recipient. For more info, click the link or call 301–683–4031.
Ankin Law Office Scholarship: Open to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their children and spouses, this scholarship provides $1,000. Write a 1,000-word essay on the assigned topic to apply!
Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship: This scholarship provides $1,000 to students pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding and national security studies. For more information, contact the Scholarship Committee at 737 Flowing Meadow Drive, Henderson, NV 89014.
FRA Education Foundation: The FRA offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to students pursuing college and graduate degrees. To be eligible, you must have served in the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard and be a full-time student enrolled at an accredited university.
VFW “Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship”: The VFW’s scholarship awards up to $5,000 to retired, honorably discharged and active duty service members as well as members of the National Guard or Reserve. Click the link to see other requirements and to apply!
Tillman Scholar Program: The Tillman scholarship is merit-based and averages up to $10,000 per academic year. Active duty service members, veterans and their current spouses are eligible.
Scholarships for Children of Veterans
CPOSF: The Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund is technically available to non-uniformed spouses, but also dependent children of veterans. The scholarship provides $2,000 to recipients and can be applied for here starting January 1st, 2020.
Dolphin Scholarship: Children and stepchildren of former or current U.S. Navy Submarine Force members may apply for this scholarship, which offers annual grants of $2,000 or $3,400 per student for two to four years of full-time undergraduate studies. To inquire about the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Navy League Scholarship: High school seniors that will attend college the following year are eligible to apply for this scholarship offering $10,000.
NMCRS Gold Star Scholarship Program: Children and spouses of Navy or Marine Corps service members who fell in combat during specified events (click the link for details) are eligible for scholarships of $500 to $2,500 per academic year.
No Angel Left Behind: Children of fallen service members between the ages of 16 to 25 can receive anywhere from $1,000–$5,000.
Tailhook Educational Foundation: Tailhook offers 100 scholarships a year ranging from $2,500–$15,000. The application period starts on December 15 and must be submitted by March 1 each year.
USMC Tankers Association: This $3,000 scholarship is available to children and spouses of military members who served in a Marine Corps Tank Battalion.
Coding and Tech Scholarships
The Forever G.I. Bill STEM Extension was created to help veterans afford courses that prepare them for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. If you are enrolled in a STEM course or hold a STEM degree and want to teach, you can take advantage of this extension to help you further your studies. We’ve listed several STEM-specific programs below that you can take advantage of if you qualify!
Each of these programs offers some form of financial assistance to veterans or active duty service members and can, in most cases, be used in addition to scholarships and grants to supplement tuition costs.
There are plenty of schools and institutions offering discounts in the form of tuition waivers. In addition to these opportunities, Veterans Affairs (VA) also approves schools to accept G.I. Bill funding.
Big Sky Code Bootcamp: Veterans can take Big Sky’s Web Development or Data Science classes in Missoula, MT.
There are branch-specific programs that facilitate the learning of technical skills. While the work isn’t usually accredited, it does help service members develop vocational and practice skills that can carry over to other service-based careers.
Enlisted Education Program: This program is great for service members that have little to no college background. Service members can complete an associate degree during enlistment, and credits are transferable to over two dozen participating schools.
To help you find the best scholarships out there, you should do your research on the schools you’re applying to. This could help you fasttrack your degree by making sure your credits are transferrable or even save you money by helping you find schools that work best with your G.I. Bill funding.
Seek out properly-accredited schools: Not all colleges are equal. Schools without proper accreditation may complicate your educational pursuits down the road. Here’s a list of accredited schools as specified by the U.S. Department of Education.
Hopefully our guide has given you an idea of where to look and what opportunities are available to veterans and their families! To save even more money, check out our list of veteran discounts or check out the deals you can get on military-inspired apparel and patriotic gear with these Eagle Six Gear coupons.