Scholarship Information 

3/31/2014 10:45 AM 

Many organizations provide scholarships or support reduced tuition for military personnel, veterans and their family members. Below is a list of associations, educational institutions and corporations offering education assistance to the military community. We have also included links to some helpful guides to aid in applying for scholarships as well as links to online scholarship search engines, which provide an easy way to find scholarship programs across the country.

Military spouses may also find more education resources in our Military Spouse Education and Employment section.

 Scholarship Resources

AFCEA Education Foundation
Scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to persons on active duty in the uniformed military services, to veterans, and to their spouses or dependents, who are currently enrolled full time in an eligible degree program at an accredited 4-year college or university in the U.S. (Veterans attending college as freshmen are eligible to apply; all others must be at least second-year college students, enrolled full time as sophomores or juniors at the time of application.)

American Legion Samsung Scholarship
High school juniors who are a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild, great-grandchild or a legally adopted child, of a U.S. veteran who served during a period of war and is a delegate to either an American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program.

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Grant
CWF accepts funding proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children. Grants are only given to entities that help U.S. children in a large geographic area; they are not awarded for day-to-day operating expenses or special operating expenses.

AMVETS Scholarships
AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military.

Armed Forces Children's Education Fund
Provides financial assistance to the surviving children of Servicemembers killed on or after October 7, 2001, the commencement of Afghanistan operations, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Scholarship
AAAA recognizes that one of the nation's most precious resources is its children, and in 1963, the Foundation established an ongoing program of providing scholarship grants to those sons and daughters of its members and deceased members who sought college-entry financial aid.

Army Tuition Assistance (TA)
TA provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals.  The program is open to nearly all Soldiers including Army Reserve, and Army National Guard on active duty.

AUSA Chapters
Many AUSA chapters provide scholarships to Soldiers and family members. You can locate your closest chapter using the online locator.

Council of College and Military Educators
The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) is the only National Organization for professional military educators. It offers several scholarships to Servicemembers and spouses.

Defense Commissary Agency/Fisher House Scholarships
Information on eligibility requirements and application materials for Scholarships for Military Children Program.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
Information about scholarship fund for dependent children of active duty service members who died, or were permanently disabled(100% rating) in the line of duty, or who are currently certified as POW or MIA.

Folds of Honor Foundation
The Folds of Honor Foundation provides educational scholarships for dependents and spouses of Servicemembers who are either killed or disabled while serving their country.  

Fry Scholarship
Children of military personnel who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001, can apply for a non-competitive educational scholarship based on the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.  For more information or assistance applying, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

Heroe's Legacy Scholarships
The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensation rating of 100%.

Horatio Alger Association Military Veterans Scholarship
Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger scholarships.

Need a Lift?
The American Legion publishes Need A Lift? -- a college financial aid handbook -- to help students and veterans learn about scholarships, grants, fee waivers, student loans, and the organizations that offer them. The guide also includes information about selecting a school, applying for student financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Pat Tillman Foundation
The Pat Tillman Foundation is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families.  Please find the applications under the "What’s New" section of the Pat Tillman Foundation main page.

Special Operations Warriors Fund
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) provides college scholarship grants, based on need, along with financial aid and educational counseling to the children of Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident.

Student Veterans of America
The Student Veterans of America helps veterans acheive a smooth transition into institutions of higher education and advocates on behalf of student veterans.

Thanks USA Scholarships
ThanksUSA Scholarships are college, technical and vocational school scholarships awarded to spouses and children of active-duty troops. The organization is funded through donations and is in their 3rd year of awarding scholarships to families. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars
The VFW offers two scholarship programs for children and youth: The Voice of Democracy Scholarship and the Patriot's Pen award.

The Association of the United States Army Family Readiness Directorate does not endorse any of the organizations listed nor the information about services provided on their websites.