Military Spouse Scholarships
Although most people appreciate the service of our Armed Forces personnel, many do not realize the sacrifices made by their spouses. Military spouses support their soldiers by raising children alone, relocating as needed, and living on meager incomes. It is only fair that these brave spouses are rewarded for all they do through military spouse scholarships. If you are married to a service person and wish to earn your college degree, these scholarships for military spouses can help you make your educational dreams come true:
National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association provides military spouse scholarships to help spouses of servicepersons enter meaningful employment that will improve the financial situation of the family. The scholarships are available to spouses of uniformed service members who are serving active duty in any branch of military including National Guard and Reserve, as well as spouse survivors and spouses of retirees. Scholarships may be used to pay tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses for GED or ESL programs, vocational schools, professional certification programs, post-secondary school, or graduate school. Recipients may attend school full- or part-time and may choose traditional or online courses. Recipients are chosen based on survey questions, short answer questions, and an essay. Applications are due by January 31 of each year and can be found at the Military Family website.
Air Force Association
The Air Force Association’s military spouse scholarships are designed to promote college education to Air Force spouses around the globe. The amount and number of awards varies depending upon available funding. To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must be spouses of Air Force active duty or reserve or of Air National Guard. Spouses who are in ROTC or a branch of the Air Force are not eligible for funding. To apply, students must submit an official transcript showing at least a 3.5 GPA and the number of hours enrolled. Students who are not currently enrolled in a degree program must also submit a letter of intent from a college showing enrollment in the required hours for the upcoming fall semester. Students with no prior college credits must submit an acceptance letter on university stationery. In addition, all applicants must submit an essay describing career and academic goals as well as motivation for seeking a degree. Finally, applicants must submit a recent photo and two letters of recommendation. All materials must be submitted by April 30. Applications and full scholarship details are available at www.afa.org.
American Freedom Foundation
These military spouse scholarships are for students who have at least a 3.75 GPA and who are the spouses of U.S. service personnel. Applicants must also meet the admissions requirements of Kaplan University, including holding a high school diploma or equivalent. To receive the funding, applicants must plan to enroll with Kaplan University for the minimum required number of credit hours no later than June 6 and must get clearance through the OFAC database. One recipient will receive the full cost of earning an online associate’s or bachelor’s degree at Kaplan. The scholarship is renewable as long as the candidate retains eligibility. To apply, students must register and complete an online application. In addition, applicants must submit the U.S. service person’s phone number and email address, a recent transcript, a detailed work history, a list of community and school activities, a short statement of career and educational goals, and evidence of the spouse’s military service. Materials are due by February 1. For full information and applications, visit the scholarship website.
Army Aviation Association of America
The Army Aviation Association of America Foundation awards military spouse scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in value each year. They also provide interest-free loans of up to $4,000 for qualified applicants. To be eligible, applicants must be the spouse of a current or deceased AAAA member. To apply, students must complete the application and submit it along with two references, a school recommendation, a teacher’s recommendation, an academic reporting form, an essay, a current transcript, and a recent photograph by May 1. To download the official application and get submission instructions, visit www.quad-a.org.
Army Scholarship Foundation
These military spouse scholarships are available to spouses of serving regular active duty, active duty National Guard, or active duty Reserve members of the U.S. Army. To be eligible, applicants must be United States citizens, have at least a 2.0 GPA, and have not earned a bachelor’s degree previously. To apply, students must submit the application along with a copy of the FAFSA, a signed copy of the current tax return, a certificate of good service, transcripts, an essay, and a current photograph by May 1. Interested applicants can find the application and other materials and instructions at www.armyscholarshipfoundation.org.
The Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund
To be eligible for these military spouse scholarships, candidates must be graduates of an accredited high school or GED recipients and must be enrolled in, or intending to enroll in, an associate’s, or bachelor’s degree program. To apply, students must submit the official application as well as three letters of recommendation, a copy of the ID card, a copy of the spouse’s DD-214, and an autobiographical essay. All materials must be received by April 1. Applications may be downloaded at http://www.cposf.org/.
EOD Memorial Foundation
To be eligible for the EOD Memorial Foundation military spouse scholarships, applicants must the spouses of NAVSCOLEOD graduates. Application deadlines for these scholarships is March 15. To apply, candidates must submit the application form, documentation of the spouse’s service as an EOD Technician, two letters of recommendation, proof of relationship to the EOD technician, a sponsor signature page, and official transcripts. For official applications and further details on applying, visit the official site at www.eodmemorial.org.
Fisher House offers military scholarships for spouses in order to advance the financial security of military families. To be eligible, any applicant must be the spouse of a uniformed service member, either active duty, retired, or deceased. Scholarship funds may be used to cover the costs of ESL or GED training, vocational training, professional certification, undergraduate, or graduate programs. Students may attend online or in-class programs and may attend full- or part-time. Information and applications are available at www.fisherhouse.org.
Folds of Honor Foundation
To be eligible for the Folds of Honor military spouse scholarships, applicants must be spouses of active duty (living or KIA), service-disabled, MIA, POW, or Purple Heart recipients. Deadlines and award amounts vary. For full details and application instructions, visit www.foldsofhonor.org.
These military spouse scholarships can help spouses of service personnel get a higher education so they can contribute to the family’s financial security. These scholarships give a little back to the families who have sacrificed so much in the name of the greater good.