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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

In 2019, the Association of the United States Army plans to award
more than $315,000 through 44 national level scholarships.

2019 Scholarship Application

INFORMATION TO KNOW BEFORE YOU APPLY

To be selected for any of the AUSA National Scholarships, all applicants must be active AUSA Members.  (Memberships start at just $10 per year).

  • The scholarship award is intended to render needed financial assistance for student enrollment in a college-level institution.
  • Applicants who are selected to receive an AUSA National Scholarship will be notified by November 15. Only the individuals selected for scholarships will be notified.
  • Awards of AUSA National Scholarships are not limited by race, color, creed, national origin or gender.
  • For a scholarship/grant to be tax free, a student must use it to pay for qualified expenses WHILE earning a degree.
    • As noted on the IRS website, taxability is contingent on whether you are a degree candidate (see “Scholarships and Fellowships” area).
    • We will send you an IRS Form 1099-Misc at year end for your tax return.
  • Scholarship awardees must submit an IRS W-9 form to receive scholarship funds.
  • Once scholarship awardees have applied the scholarship to pay for their degree/certification work, we request a confirmation of payment to the respective educational institution. This requirement helps the Association of the United States Army to ensure that our scholarships are used for their intended purpose.

AUSA STEM SCHOLARSHIPS

AUSA offers three scholarship programs in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: the Delta Dental Oral Health and Wellness Scholarships; the Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarships; and the Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarships. Applicants may apply to all programs with a single application. 

Delta Dental Oral Health and Wellness Scholarships

Ten $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for a total of $20,000.

Funded by a grant from Delta Dental, this program provides scholarships to Army family members and transitioning Soldiers for the advancement of oral health and wellness. Eligible applicants may pursue a wide range of programs such as dentistry, nursing, home healthcare aid, or caregiver training.

JOSEPH P. AND HELEN T. CRIBBINS SCHOLARSHIPS

Two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded for a total of $20,000.

The Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarships honor the memory and legacy of Joseph and Helen Cribbins, long-time supporters of America’s Army and AUSA. These scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and personal achievement. They assist any AUSA Member to complete degrees in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees.

NICHOLAS D. CHABRAJA SCHOLARSHIPS

Six $5,000 scholarships will be awarded for a total of $30,000.

The Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarships honor our past AUSA Chairman of the Council of Trustees. These scholarships assist AUSA members to complete degrees in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

STEM SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFICATIONS
  • AUSA member must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math with acceptance at an accredited college or university
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Online application
  • A one-page autobiography.
  • A letter describing your career aspirations, including your course of study and plans for completion of a degreed program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from school officials, e.g., principal, counselor, teacher of your choice.
  • A certified high school transcript plus any transcripts of completed college courses.

AUSA GENERAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIPS

AUSA offers a series of general studies scholarship programs:  The SMA Leon Van Autreve Scholarship Program; General Jack N. Merritt; College Debt Reduction for completed college degrees; professional certification programs; and three full scholarships for undergraduate or graduate degrees offered by Trident University. Descriptions follow.

SMA LEON VAN AUTREVE SCHOLARSHIPS

A total of 8 SMA Van Autreve scholarships will be awarded: one $25,000, one $10,000, one $5,000, and five $2,000 scholarships, for a total of $50,000.  

Through a generous contribution from the USAA Foundation, the SMA Leon Van Autreve Scholarships honor the memory and legacy of SMA Leon Van Autreve.  SMA Van Autreve served in WWII and in Vietnam, culminating his career as the fourth Sergeant Major of the Army. SMA Van Autreve was instrumental in establishing the Noncommissioned Officer Education System and setting the highest standards for the noncommissioned officer corps. These scholarships showcase recipients that share SMA Van Autreve’s vision of highly motivated and educated professionals by providing educational support to Soldiers and family members who have dedicated themselves to service to the Nation and pursuing self-improvement.  

GEN. JACK N. MERRITT SCHOLARSHIPS

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded for a total of $10,000.

These scholarships honor former President of AUSA, Gen. Jack N. Merritt. They assist any AUSA Member to complete college degrees in any degree field.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • AUSA member pursuing any degree at an accredited college or university.

AUSA COLLEGE DEBT REDUCTION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for a total of $6,000.

The AUSA College Debt Reduction Scholarships are designed to assist young professionals with college debt from recent completion of college courses.  

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Have completed a degree at an accredited college or university within the past 2 years.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for a total of $8,000.

The AUSA Professional Certification Scholarships assist AUSA members by providing funds for course work completed toward professional certifications programs.  

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Must have completed an accredited certification course in preparation for career opportunities.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Online application 
  • A one-page autobiography.
  • A letter describing your career aspirations, including your course of study and plans for completion of a degreed program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from school officials, e.g., principal, counselor, teacher of your choice.

TRIDENT UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Three full-ride scholarships valued at up to $48,000 each will be awarded for a total of $144,000.

Trident University has nearly 20 years of experience serving military students, veterans and their families, and is often able to provide credit for your years of leadership and professional experience.

The AUSA Trident University Scholarships are designed to assist AUSA members and their families with a bachelors or masters degree from a top online university.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Online application
  • A one-page autobiography.
  • A letter describing your career aspirations, including your course of study and plans for completion of a degreed program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from school officials, e.g., principal, counselor, teacher of your choice.
  • AUSA Scholarship recipients will need to apply and submit all required information to Trident University for admission.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR TRIDENT UNIVERSITY
  • Each scholarship applicant must apply directly to AUSA for scholarship selection and directly to Trident University for admission once the scholarship is awarded.
  • Each recipient will be selected no later than November 15.
  • Each recipient must start matriculation within 6 months of selection.
  • Awarding of the AUSA Trident University scholarships are not limited by race, color, creed, national origin or gender.

AUSA - ARMY SCHOLARSHIPS

The following ARMY scholarships are also administered by AUSA National.  Membership in AUSA is not a prerequisite for these scholarships.

SGM DAWN KILPATRICK MEMORIAL AUSA SCHOLARSHIP

SGM Dawn Kilpatrick served in the Army for 20 years before passing after a two-year battle with cervical cancer. The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs established an ongoing scholarship in her name, honoring her memory and enabling mid-level and senior noncommissioned officers with a primary MOS of 46Q, 46R, or 46Z the opportunity to compete for an educational scholarship grant. Scholarship recipients will exemplify the Army's vision and influence others in shaping future leaders while practicing excellent stewardship of the nation's most precious resource - our Soldiers.

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THE SGM LARRY STRICKLAND MEMORIAL FUND AND SCHOLARSHIP

SGM Larry L. Strickland served in the Army for 30 years. He was serving as sergeant major to the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel when he became a victim of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

Awarded annually to 2 noncommissioned officers who best exemplify the Army’s vision and influence others in shaping future leaders while practicing excellent stewardship of the nation’s most precious resource - our Soldiers.

Each recipient receives a bronze eagle and $4,000 to help cover the costs of an education that tuition assistance does not pay, such as instructional fees, laboratory fees and books. The award is presented annually at the Sergeant Major of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Forum at AUSA’s Annual Meeting.

ROTC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

As part of the Army’s ROTC Civilian Sponsored Scholarship Program (CSSP), AUSA will award 3 scholarships annually to top Cadets on the Order of Merit listing.  Both scholarship and non-scholarship Cadets are eligible. Army Cadet Command oversees this selection process.

ALSO CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL AUSA CHAPTER FOR ANY SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY PROVIDE, IN ADDITION TO THESE AUSA NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS.

Non-AUSA 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 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. 

Army Scholarship Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to provide college scholarships to the sons and daughters of those who have served our nation honorably as soldiers in the United States Army and to provide college scholarships to spouses of enlisted soldiers serving on active duty in the United States Army.

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.

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.

Fisher House Scholarships for Military Children

Information on eligibility requirements and application materials for Scholarships for Military Children Program.

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).

Heroes' 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%. 

National Military Family Association Spouse Scholarship

Information about scholarships and business funding for military spouses

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 achieve 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. 

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.