AUSA Accepting Applications for 40 Scholarships

AUSA Accepting Applications for 40 Scholarships

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The Association of the U.S. Army is accepting applications for more than $310,000 in national scholarships in 2023, with 40 scholarships awarded by AUSA and three administered by the association in conjunction with the Army.

This year, a new scholarship worth $25,000 is being awarded in honor of former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Carl Vuono, who served on AUSA’s Board of Directors for 20 years. Vuono, who retired from active duty in 1991, was first appointed in 2003 to the association’s governing body, then known as the Board of Trustees. During his tenure, Vuono provided leadership, guidance and unwavering support for AUSA’s continued growth and support of America’s Army. He retired from the board in 2023.

Scholarship applications will be accepted online until May 31. Those selected to receive an AUSA national scholarship will be notified in July.

AUSA national scholarship applicants must be active AUSA Premium members, Association Partner members or their children or grandchildren.

Membership is not a prerequisite for the Army scholarships administered by AUSA.

For more information, including eligibility rules and requirements, or to apply, click here.

AUSA’s national scholarships include awards for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, and general studies.

In the STEM category, AUSA will award 10 Delta Dental Oral Health and Wellness Scholarships valued at $2,000 each; two Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarships valued at $10,000 each; and six Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarships valued at $5,000 each.

The Delta Dental program provides scholarships to Army family members and transitioning soldiers for the advancement of oral health and wellness.

Eligible applicants may pursue programs such as dentistry, nursing, home health care aid or caregiver training.

The Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarships honor the memory and legacy of Joseph and Helen Cribbins, longtime supporters of America’s Army and AUSA, while the Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarships honor the past chairman of AUSA’s Board of Directors. 

Both may be used for completing degrees in STEM areas.

AUSA’s general studies scholarships consist of the new GEN Carl E. Vuono Leadership Scholarship; the SMA Leon Van Autreve Scholarship Program; General Jack N. Merritt Scholarships; completed coursework scholarships; and three full scholarships for undergraduate or graduate degrees offered by Trident University.

In honor of Vuono’s service to AUSA and the Army, a $25,000 scholarship is being awarded in his honor. A former Army chief of staff, Vuono served in Korea and twice in Vietnam and was commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command and the Army Combined Arms Center.

In honor of Leon Van Autreve, the fourth sergeant major of the Army who was instrumental in establishing the NCO education system, eight scholarships are available: one for $25,000, one for $10,000, one for $5,000, and five for $2,000, for a total of $50,000.

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in honor of the late Gen. Jack Merritt, a former president of AUSA.

For young professionals with debt from recently completed college courses or professional certifications, eight $2,500 scholarships are available.

Three full-ride scholarships valued at up to $48,000 each will be awarded for Trident University, an accredited online institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees that gives credit for leadership and professional experience. 

AUSA also administers the following Army scholarships: the SGM Larry Strickland Memorial Fund and Scholarship, the SGM Dawn Kilpatrick Memorial AUSA Scholarship, and ROTC scholarships.