Get Rewarded for Service with Military Scholarships
Military personnel make many sacrifices to serve the citizens of our country. They face seemingly impossible odds, spend months or years away from family members, and risk their lives, all in the name of patriotism. These unsung heroes deserve the respect and recognition of the people they protect in every way possible. One way our soldiers are being appreciated is through scholarship money for college. If you have made the personal sacrifice necessary to defend our freedom and security, these military scholarships are especially for you:
American Legion Auxiliary Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
These $2,000 military scholarships are available at the rate of one per division each year. To be eligible, applicants must be members of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion. Applicants must have paid dues for at least two years preceding the years of application as well as the calendar year in which they apply. Applicants must be pursuing education at a two- or four-year university or must be undergoing training through a certified trade, technical, or professional program. Applications are due March 1 and can be found at www.alaforveterans.org.
AMVETS National Scholarship Program
The AMVETS military scholarships are valued at $4,000 over a four-year period. To be eligible for the funding, applicants must be veterans of the United States military and must be U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants must demonstrate financial need and authorize AMVETS to publicize award information. To apply, candidates must submit a copy of honorable discharge or a certification letter showing current service and eligibility for release before school attendance. Candidates must also submit official transcripts from high school or college, as applicable. Applicants must also submit a complete, signed copy of a 1040 tax form, copy of FAFSA, and an essay detailing what higher education means to the student. Additional required documents include an acceptance letter or current student status from an accredited college or university, proof of college costs, and a resume of all awards, volunteer service, military duty, and employment for the past four years. Applications and materials are due no later than April 15. For more information, visit AMVETS.org.
Daniel Drevnick Memorial Fund
In order to qualify for these military scholarships, applicants must reside in Minnesota or have been based in Minnesota, must have served since September 11, 2001, and must have completed basic and advanced individual training. If the applicant no longer serves, he or she must submit proof of honorable discharge. In addition, applicants must be enrolled in a law enforcement program. Qualified applicants must include a written essay and completed official application. For further information, visit www.heroathome.org.
Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship
These military scholarships are available to Purple Heart recipients who are members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Alternatively, applicants may be the spouse, widow, or direct lineal descendants of the MOPH or of a service member killed in action or who died from wounds received in action. To be eligible, applicants must be graduates or graduating seniors of accredited high schools or accepted as full-time undergraduate students at a U.S. university, college, or trade school. In addition, students must have at least a 2.75 GPA and be U.S. citizens. To apply, candidates must submit a completed application, a 200-300 word essay, two recommendation letters, and a $15.00 processing fee. All materials are due by February 13. Applications can be found at www.purpleheart.org.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides numerous military scholarships to qualified applicants. There are scholarships for children and spouses of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines, children and spouses of Sailors and Marines killed in action, combat wounded Sailors or Marines, active divers, and more. Deadlines and award amounts vary. If you think you may qualify for any of these scholarships, visit www.nmcrs.org for full details on all scholarship programs.
The NBCC Foundation offers military scholarships for those who are enrolled in CACREP-accredited master’s programs in counseling. To qualify, applicants must have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours and carry at least six credit hours during the award semester. Applicants must be current or prior active duty U.S. military personnel who served within the past five years and received an honorable discharge. Eligible candidates will be committed to providing counseling to veterans and service members for a minimum of two years after graduation and must be committed to earning an NCC credential before graduation. The deadline for application is November 1. Applications and full scholarship details are available at www.nbccf.org.
Pat Tillman Foundation
The Pat Tillman military scholarships are available to veterans and active duty military personnel who served both pre- and post- 9/11 in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States. Scholarships are also open to spouses of active or veteran service personnel. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree full-time in an accredited United States college or university. Recipients of these scholarships are chosen based on educational and career ambitions, record of military service, motivation for serving, personal achievement record, demonstration of community service, leadership potential, a continued desire to serve others, and essay question responses. To apply, students must answer two essay questions, provide documentation of military service, submit a resume, and complete the FAFSA. Students who are chosen for higher rounds of consideration may also be required to submit a college or university financial aid award letter, a Student Aid Report, and a photo highlighting military service. Scholarships may be renewable based on proof of full-time status, GPA of 3.0 or higher, expected graduation date, engagement in the Tillman Community, service participation, Foundation surveys, and accountability for use of funds. Applications can be found at www.pattillmanfoundation.org and are due, along with other materials, by February 15.
U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarships
These military scholarships are valued at between $1,000 and $2,500. To be eligible, candidates must be women serving honorably in the United States Armed Forces, or the children of women who qualify. In addition, applicants must have at least a 2.5 high school GPA or a college GPA of at least 3.0. To apply, students must submit all materials by February 1. Required materials include application form, essay, recommendations, transcript, proof of matriculation, and a commander’s verification of active duty. Applications can be found at www.awfdn.org and are due by February 1.
Veterans United Foundation Scholarship
The Veterans United Foundation provides five military scholarships, worth $2,000 each, every year to pay for college books and tuition. To be eligible for these scholarships, candidates must be veterans or current active-duty service members, spouses or children of such, or spouses or children of fallen soldiers. In addition, applicants must be pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university or planning to enroll the next academic year. Eligible candidates will have at least a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. To apply, candidates must complete an official application and submit an essay of up to 750 words. Applications are due March 15 and September 15 of each year and can be found at www.veteransunited.com.
These military scholarships can make a world of difference to our service members and their families when it comes time to pay the high costs of earning a college education.
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