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Veterans Affairs

Scholarships

Below is a list of national scholarships available to military veterans and their dependents.

If you are interested in any of these scholarships, please contact the organization with any questions or concerns.

Tillman Military Scholar Program

The Pat Tillman Foundation will begin taking applications for the Tillman Military Scholar Program. Their website will list deadline dates for each semester.

In 2002, in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, Pat Tillman left his NFL career and turned down a multi-million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist and serve his country as an Army Ranger. A role model of courage and patriotism, he served several combat tours but was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in Veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships and to build a diverse community of leaders committed to serving others. The Military Scholar Program offers financial assistance to Servicemembers, Veterans, and their spouses to cover academic and/or living expenses while in school. You must pursue an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree as a full-time student at a public or private, 4-year U.S.-based accredited institution to qualify. For more information on application and eligibility requirements please go to The Pat Tillman Foundation.

American Legion Scholarship

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students. Applicant must be a member of the American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which application is made.  The applicant must also be a student who has had at least one year of college and is in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate degree.  Check with your local American Legion for additional scholarship opportunities.

Folds of Honor Foundation

Folds of Honor Foundation (FHF) provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of Service Members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation. Our unique scholarships can be applied to schooling now or held by Folds of Honor on behalf of young children until needed at the time of enrollment. Deadlines are listed on the website.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

A student is eligible for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund if he/she is the dependent child of an active duty Service Member who was killed or permanently disabled (100% rating) as the result of an operational mission or training accident or who is currently certified as POW or MIA.  See application form and scholarship rules for complete eligibility details. Deadlines are listed on the website. 

Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation (Dependents)

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for higher education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines and children of former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action.  Deadlines will be listed on the website.

Army Scholarship Foundation

The Army Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for spouses of enlisted active duty Army members, as well as spouses of active duty Guard and Reserve members.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront and the Women's Self Worth Foundation are proud to announce the Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship. The scholarship is offered to wives of uniformed service members to attend vocational training programs in the medical field. Applications will be accepted from March 1 - May 1 and must be postmarked by May 1. The Scholarships will be awarded to recipients on July 1.   

John Keys Scholarship

The John Keys Scholarship Fund provides educational assistance grants to honorably discharged U.S. Armed Services veterans who are legal residents of Kentucky AND to members of the Sons of The American Legion in Kentucky. The John Keys Scholarship was established in 1988 and has awarded more than 60 scholarship grants since 1995.  Eligibility criteria is detailed on the back side of the application.

The Scholarship is a program of the Kentucky Sons of The American Legion, administered by Independence Squadron 275 in northern Kentucky.  The Scholarship is named in honor of John H. Keys of Covington, Kentucky, a Korean War veteran and American Legion member who died of cancer in 1990. The Sons of The American Legion (S.A.L.) is an affiliated organization of The American Legion, established in 1932 and composed of direct male descendants of Legionnaires and direct male descendants of deceased, honorably-discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Services who served during wartime. The amount of individual awards varies based on donations received and the recommendation of the Scholarship Review Committee.  

As noted on the form, applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year round. Scholarship grants are awarded twice a year and announced on May 1st and November 1st.  Scholarship grants are awarded in the Spring and Fall, contingent upon the successful applicants' enrollment at their institution the following semester.  Financial Aid officers will be requested to verify the winning applicants' enrollment for the following semester (i.e. awards announced in November will require verification of the student's enrollment for the following Spring semester, etc.) 

Completed applications and required documentation must be mailed to the John Keys Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 18791, Erlanger, KY 41018-0791. The Scholarship Review Committee will be meeting in mid October to select winners, who will be announced on November 1. Applications received prior to October 15 will be reviewed and considered at that meeting.

ThanksUSA

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications - ThanksUSA, a charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" active duty service members by providing college scholarships to their spouses and children, opened its sixth year of accepting applications for scholarships.

Interested applicants can find eligibility requirements and the link for the online application at http://www.thanksusa.org/scholarship-program.html. Deadlines will be listed on the website.

Military Spouse Scholarships

The National Military Family Association recognizes the unique challenges today's military spouses face in pursuing additional training or education.  Frequent moves make it difficult to complete programs and establish a career.  We are here to help ease the financial obstacles that accompany pursuing a higher education.The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family's financial security. 

AMVETS 

AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren.  A son, daughter, or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible.  Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JRTOC students and veterans pursuing a higher education.

Legacy Scholarships

The Army Women's Foundation's Legacy Scholarship Program is available to all Army women - active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and their children.  Scholarships of up to $2500.00 are available for tuition and are based on merit, academic potential, community service, and need. Eligibility requirements and the application are online at  http://awfdn.org/scholarships.shtml.  For more information, you can contact AWF at 804-734-3078 or info@awfdn.org.

Purple Heart Scholarship 

To be eligible to apply for a Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship, the applicant must meet one of the following criteria: 1) be a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, 2) be the spouse, widow or direct lineal descendant (child, step-child, adopted child, or grandchild) of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, or 3) be the spouse, widow, or direct lineal descendant of a service member killed-in-action or who died of wounds. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students and be able to demonstrate the capacity for advanced academic achievement or technical proficiency, demonstrated by at least a 2.75 GPA, and be a citizen of the United States of America. The application and more information can be obtained at http://www.purpleheart.org/scholarships/.

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