Each year, the Association of the United States Army will award more than $325,000 through 44 national level scholarships.
THE 2020 DEADLINE HAS PASSED - the Application for 2021 Awards will open in February 2021.
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To be selected for an AUSA National Scholarship, applicants must have an active membership in AUSA. Applications from nonmembers will not be considered by the scholarship selection committee. (Click here for membership information)
- Awards of AUSA National scholarships are not limited by race, color, creed, national origin, or gender.
- Scholarships are intended to render financial assistance for student enrollment in a college-level institution.
- Applicants who are selected to receive an AUSA National Scholarship will be notified. Only the individuals selected for scholarships will be notified.
- Scholarship awardees must provide an IRS W-9 form to receive scholarship funds.
- For a scholarship or 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.
- Once awardees have applied the scholarship to pay for their degree/certification work, we request confirmation of payment to the respective educational institution. This helps the Association of the United States Army ensure that our scholarships are used for their intended purpose.
AUSA STEM SCHOLARSHIPS
AUSA offers multiple 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 are available 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 are available 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. The scholarships are awarded to help AUSA members 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 Board of Directors. These scholarships assist AUSA members to complete degrees in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
- Applicant must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math with acceptance at an accredited college or university.
- 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., principals, counselors, teachers.
- A certified high school transcript, plus any transcripts of completed college courses.
GENERAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIPS
AUSA offers the following general studies scholarships: The SMA Leon Van Autreve Scholarship Program; General Jack N. Merritt; Debt Reduction for Completed College Degrees or Professional Certification Programs; and three full scholarships for undergraduate or graduate degrees offered by Trident University. Descriptions follow.
SMA LEON VAN AUTREVE SCHOLARSHIPS
Eight SMA Van Autreve scholarships are available: 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. These scholarships embody SMA Van Autreve’s commitment to highly motivated and educated professionals by providing support to those who dedicate 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.
AUSA COMPLETED COURSEWORK SCHOLARSHIPS
Eight $2,500 scholarships will be awarded for a total of $20,000.
The AUSA Completed Coursework Scholarships are designed to assist young professionals with college debt from recent completion of college courses or costs associated with completed professional certifications. Applicants must have completed a degree at an accredited college or university within the past 3 years, or must have completed an accredited certification course in preparation for career opportunities within the past year.
- A one-page autobiography.
- A letter describing your career aspirations, including your course of study and plans for completion of a degreed program. For the completed coursework scholarships, describe how you are using your degree or certification.
- Two letters of recommendation from school officials, e.g., principal, counselor, teacher, coach.
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.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRIDENT UNIVERSITY
- Scholarship recipients will need to apply and submit all required information to Trident University to be accepted for admission.
- 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 must start matriculation within 6 months of selection.
AUSA - ARMY SCHOLARSHIPS
The following scholarships are also administered by AUSA National. Membership in AUSA is not a prerequisite for these scholarships.
JUNIOR ROTC SCHOLARSHIP: LTG Theodore G. Stroup, Jr. Award
One award of $1,000 and eight awards of $500 will be presented ($5,000 total). Attendance and recognition at an AUSA Chapter event and a 2-year AUSA membership may also be included.
This award honors LTG Theodore G. Stroup, Jr., US Army Retired, a former Vice President of Education at AUSA. It is intended to recognize achievement of high school junior and senior JROTC cadets and to increase their awareness and appreciation of the defense community and AUSA.
- An essay on an assigned topic, relevant to defense-related current events, military history, or theory. Guidance on this year’s topic and essay parameters is provided within the application.
- A letter or recommendation from someone other than a family member or peer.
Senior ROTC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
As part of the Army’s ROTC Civilian Sponsored Scholarship Program (CSSP), AUSA will award scholarships annually to top Cadets in Junior and Senior ROTC programs. Army Cadet Command oversees this selection process.
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 future leaders while practicing excellent stewardship of the nation's most precious resource - our Soldiers. READ MORE
THE SGM LARRY STRICKLAND MEMORIAL FUND & 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.
AUSA CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS
IN 2019, THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY'S CHAPTERS AWARDED MORE THAN $250,000 THROUGH 33 LOCAL CHAPTER LEVEL SCHOLARSHIPS.
CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL AUSA CHAPTER FOR ANY SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY PROVIDE, IN ADDITION TO THESE AUSA NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS.
Non-AUSA Scholarship Resources
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.)
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 annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military.
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.
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.
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.
Each year, Colorado Technical University awards 50 full-tuition scholarships to service members, veterans, their family and caregivers. Apply now to start your educational journey.
For more information view the CTU Patriot Scholarship PDF.
Information on eligibility requirements and application materials for Scholarships for Military Children Program.
The Folds of Honor Foundation provides educational scholarships for dependents and spouses of Servicemembers who are either killed or disabled while serving their country.
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).
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%.
Information about scholarships and business funding for military spouses
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.
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.
The Student Veterans of America helps veterans achieve a smooth transition into institutions of higher education and advocates on behalf of student veterans.
ThanksUSA Scholarships are college, technical and vocational school scholarships awarded to spouses and children of active-duty troops.
The VFW offers two scholarship programs for children and youth: The Voice of Democracy Scholarship and the Patriot's Pen award.