Military Children Scholarships
Military children often make tremendous sacrifices by spending large amounts of time away from parents or by paying the ultimate price of losing a parent during active duty. There are many scholarships for military children that help repay this debt and show appreciation for parental service. If you are the child of a military service person, these scholarships are perfect for you:
Fisher House Scholarships for Military Children Program
Fisher House established this fund to recognize the contributions of our military and to celebrate the importance of the commissary to military families. Each year, the fund awards at least one $1,500 scholarship for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency around the world. Applications are available through a local commissary or at the official website at http://www.militaryscholar.org, and must be submitted by February 22. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be unmarried children of military personnel and must be under the age of 23. All applicants and sponsors must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System and must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited U.S. school. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and cannot be appointed to a U.S. military academy.
Iowa War Orphans Educational Aid
These scholarships for military children are broken into two categories: children of veterans who died prior to September 11, 2001, and children of veterans who died after September 11, 2001. For those in the first group, eligibility requirements state that the parent must have died in service or training and that the child must have lived in Iowa for at least two years before applying. Applicants can receive $600 per year with a lifetime maximum of $3,000 per person. For children whose parents died in service on or after September 11, 2001, assistance is available for those starting higher education before the age of 26 and continues until the war orphan is 31 years of age. Award amounts vary and are paid directly to the school. Applications must be accompanied by the applicant’s birth certificate, the veteran parent’s death certificate, and verification of residency. Applications and details are available at Va.Iowa.gov.
Survivors and Dependents Assistance
Scholarships for military children through the Dependents’ Educational Assistance program provide up to 45 months of benefits to qualified dependents of veterans. Benefits may be used to cover degree programs, certificate programs, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training programs. To qualify for benefits, you must be the dependent child of a military veteran who is deceased or permanently and totally disabled as the result of service in the Armed Forces. You may also qualify if your parent died of any cause while permanently and totally disabled due to service, is missing in action, is forcibly detained by a foreign power, or is likely to be discharged from service due to a service-related disability. To apply for benefits, visit GiBill.Va.gov.
Air Force Sergeant’s Association
The AFSA scholarships for military children include four separate scholarship opportunities with awards of $1,000 or more. All scholarships are available to children of Air Force personnel and have varying requirements. Applications for these scholarships are due between January 1 and March 31 of each year. To apply, download and complete the application found at the official site. Submit the application with your sponsor’s proof of service, SAT or ACT scores, official school transcripts, letter of college acceptance, and a letter of recommendation. Applicants must also have at least a 3.5 GPA and must write a paragraph answering “What do you plan to do with the education you receive,” an essay detailing what the applicant considers to be society’s most urgent problem, an essay about a controversial issue, and blank postcards. All materials must be submitted by the deadline to the address listed on the application
Children of Warriors Scholarship
Each year, the Children of Warriors Scholarships for military children award scholarships of $2,500 to $3,500 to children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of military personnel who served in a qualifying conflict. Scholarships are meant to cover costs of attending a four-year program at an accredited school. To qualify, students must be high school seniors and must use the funds within two years of notification. In addition, students must complete 50 hours of community volunteer service and must submit all required materials before March 1. Applications must be accompanied by four letters of recommendation, an original essay entitled “How I Can Help Children of Military Families,” verification of volunteer service, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, a copy of the FAFSA, and a brief statement of ancestral military service along with a photocopy of discharge papers. Applications and instructions can be downloaded at the official scholarship site.
AMVETS scholarships for military children award six scholarships for high school seniors each year who are the children or grandchildren of veterans, deceased veterans, or active duty military. Applications and supporting documentation are due by August 21 of each year. Full information, instructions, and applications are available at the AMVETS site at http://www.amvets.org/programs/scholarships/.
Military Order of the Purple Heart
The Military Order of the Purple Heart offers scholarships for military children or grandchildren of Purple Heart recipients. In addition, applicants must be high school graduates or seniors who are accepted or enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at an accredited U.S. school. Students must have a 2.75 or higher GPA, and be a citizen of the U.S. To be considered, students must submit an official high school or college transcript, an essay detailing the difference between liberty and license, two letters of recommendation, and a $15.00 processing fee. All materials are due by February 13. Applications are available for download at the Military Order of the Purple Heart website.
Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor scholarships for military children are designed to cover the rising costs of higher education for children of active duty military persons killed or disabled in the line of duty, classified as POW or MIA, or who received a Purple Heart Medal. Scholarships are available for immediate use for children accepted to or attending an accredited two- or four- year program, or for qualified children from infancy up for future use. Recipients of the immediate use scholarships must reapply each year. Applications are available after January 15 of each year on the scholarship site at http://www.foldsofhonor.org/scholarships.
Our military men and women make incredible sacrifices for the citizens of our country. Too often, their children must also make sacrifices. These excellent scholarships help repay some of that debt through much-needed college assistance.