Military Scholarships

The brave men and women of the Armed Forces sacrifice a lot for our nation. Many scholarship providers want to give back by offering scholarships open only to military service members, veterans, and their dependents. Below are scholarships for military service members, veterans, and military and veteran spouses and dependents.

Jesse Brown Scholarship
Sponsor: Disabled American Veterans
Amount: Up to $20,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to volunteers who are age 21 or younger and have volunteered for a minimum of 730 hours over a span of five years at a VA medical center.

Tillman Scholar
Sponsor: Pat Tillman Foundation
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: February 28, 2021
Description: Scholarship program is open to veterans and active-duty military service members, and current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students.

Anchor Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Anchor Scholarship Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to family members (children and spouses) of qualified Surface Navy sailors who are/will be enrolled in undergraduate study.

Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship
Sponsor: American Legion Auxiliary (ALA)
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons or veterans who served in the Armed Forces during WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon and Grenada, Panama, or Desert Shield/Storm Gulf/War on Terrorism.

Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Veterans Scholarships
Sponsor: Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors and current college students from Illinois who are either veterans or a child or grandchild of a veteran or active-duty military member. In addition to the general scholarships, there are specific scholarships for Nursing majors and students who participate in a Junior ROTC program.

Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
Sponsor: American Legion Auxiliary
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to non-traditional students returning to the classroom after some period of time in which his/her formal education was interrupted or a non-traditional student who is just beginning his/her education at a later point in life. Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion.

Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund
Sponsor: American Legion Auxiliary
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to junior members of the American Legion who are high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on what they will do to make their college or university a better place, as well recommendations from their principal or guidance counselor, a member of the clergy, and two other adult citizens (a total of four recommendations).

Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Tailhook Educational Foundation
Amount: Up to $15,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to high school graduates and children of a current or former Naval Aviator, Naval Fight Officer, or Air-crewman OR children/grandchildren of individuals who served on board a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 2, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate child dependents of an active duty service member to study or intern abroad on a credit-bearing program.

Undergraduate & Associate Degree Scholarship
Sponsor: Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 2, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are the children of active duty and veterans who are incoming college freshman, currently in college, our pursuing a bachelor’s degree, associates, or certificate.

Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: The Coast Guard Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to unmarried dependent children of enlisted men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. Applicant must be applying to college or currently in college and working towards their first undergraduate degree, listed in Coast Guard DEERS, and under the age of 23 when applying.

Kim and Harold Louis Family Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and individuals entering their freshman year of college during the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicant must have at least a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate outstanding personal achievements, academic merit, leadership qualities and/or community service. Special consideration will be noted for applicants who have parents who are U.S. veterans or currently in the U.S. military, students with financial need, first generation college students, and students with a documented significant disability.

Laura W. Bush Scholarship
Sponsor: Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Amount: $3,400
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students who are a child or stepchild of a current or former crew member of USS Texas (SSN 775). Applicant must be unmarried and under the age of 24 on March 15.

Nautilus Scholarship
Sponsor: Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students who are a child/stepchild or grandchild of a former crew member of the USS Nautilus. Applicant must be unmarried and under the age of 24 on March 15.

USS Hampton Scholarship
Sponsor: Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students who are children or stepchildren of a crew member or former crew member of USS Hampton (SSN 767). Applicant must be unmarried and under the age of 24 on March 15.

Folds of Honor Scholarship
Sponsor: Folds of Honor
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to dependents of service members enrolled in grades Kindergarten – 12 and students enrolled in college. Funds may be used for approved/accredited private school tuition, IRS approved educational tutoring from an approved tutoring company, approved/accredited home school curriculum, required books, and required school uniforms.

Alabama American Legion Scholarship
Sponsor: American Legion Department of Alabama
Amount: $850
Closing Date: April 1, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to current college students who are legal residents of Alabama and who are a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of a veteran who served their country during times of war.

Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship
Sponsor: Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: June 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a HVACR training program at an accredited school. In addition to the general scholarship, there is a scholarship specifically for military veterans and students in Florida.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Scholars Program
Sponsor: Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Amount: Up to $6,250
Closing Date: Monthly – all documents due to the program team by the 15th of each month
Description: Program is open to children – whether natural, by marriage or adoption – who have lost a parent in the line of military duty, during combat or peacetime. All branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard) and all components (active, reserve and guard are covered).

Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans and Others
Sponsor: Delaware Department of Education
Amount: Tuition and fees at your college (see website for specific details)
Closing Date: Completed application is due 6-8 weeks before classes begin
Description: Program is open to residents of the state of Delaware between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age whose parent was a resident of Delaware at the time of death or declaration of mission in action or prisoner of war status.

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program
Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: There is no application deadline, but grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.
Description: Grant program is open to honorably-discharged veterans and spouses of disabled veterans who have served in the United States military. Applicant must be a student who is already enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study.

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