Scholarships for eligible active military students, veterans and their spouses and dependents

These scholarships may or may not be available to each veteran student; some may have additional requirements or no longer be offered. If you find one that is outdated or a new one to add, please let us know. Also, take note of the deadlines!

The AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (to include Reservists and National Guard personnel) of the Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Iraqi Freedom Operations. Candidates must be currently enrolled and attending either a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States. Candidates must be majoring in the following or related fields: electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering; computer engineering technology; computer information systems; information systems management; computer science; physics; mathematics; or science or mathematics education. Each scholarship award is $2,500.

Learn more about the AFCEA Educational Fund.

AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter, or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education.

Learn more about AMVETS Scholarships.

David C. Edmunds, a veteran of the U.S. Army, graduated from UAF in 1996 with a B.S. in Geology. This scholarship was established in his memory to support UAF student veterans who are studying geology and geophysics. First preference will be given to undergraduate student veterans who are studying geology. Undergraduate and graduate student veterans studying geology or geophysics are also eligible. To apply, complete the UAOnline scholarship application by February 15th. The minimum award amount is $500.

Veteran and active duty military Service members, spouses of active or veteran service members, service members or spouses seeking assistance to pursue an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree as a full-time student at a public or private, 4-year U.S.-based accredited institution. Tillman Military Scholars represent a rich and diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and ambitions, and are selected based on strong leadership potential and a drive to make a positive impact on others through service.

Learn more about the Pat Tillman Military Scholars Program.

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Anchorage Post awards scholarships of up to $3000 at the beginning of each year. Applicants must be residents of Alaska, attending college in Alaska, or an active duty or dependents of an active duty military member stationed in Alaska and members of Anchorage SAME Post (SAME membership for students is free). Each applicant must be a sophomore, junior, or senior student of engineering, architecture, construction or project management, natural, physical, or applied science, or mathematics with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or greater.

Learn more about SAME Anchorage Scholarship.

SVA offers three different veteran scholarships. One is for veterans who take an active leadership role in their chapter of SVA (SV of UAF) to further the mission of helping veterans make the transition from military life to school. Another is for those demonstrating a high level of commitment to math or science; candidate must be majoring in one of the following fields: science, technology, engineering, or math. The newest is the Google SVA Scholarship offered to Computer Science majors. All three are only for undergraduates pursuing a first baccalaureate degree and require an honorable discharge.

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The purpose of TTT is to assist eligible military personnel to transition to a new career as public school teachers in targeted schools. An Alaskan Regional site has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads. The TTT homepage provides information and resource links, including a job referral system to allow participants to search for job vacancies as well as links to state Departments of Education, state certification offices, model resumes, and other job listing sites in public education.

Learn more about Troops to Teachers.

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship Program aims to assist military service members and their families by awarding five bi-annual $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books. Potential applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at an accredited college or university and have a connection to the military by being one of the following: active-duty service member, veteran, spouse of military member or veteran, surviving spouse of a fallen service member, or a child of a military member or veteran.

Learn more about the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship.

This scholarship is available to all active military members and honorably discharged veterans who were or are currently E-5 and below. Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants annually on January 1 beginning in 2014.

Learn more about the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship.

AFAS is committed to helping Air Force members and their families realize their academic goals. The centerpiece of the Society's education initiatives is the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program which ranges from $500 to $4000 grants to selected sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses (stateside) of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies. The value and success of this program, is demonstrated in the 94,095 grants disbursed since the first awards were made for the 1988-1989 academic year.

The Air Force Spouse Scholarship program is designed to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue associate, bachelor or graduate/postgraduate degrees. The number and amount of scholarships awarded depends on available funding and on the number of qualified applicants.

The Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) is a need-based education program designed to provide spouses of active duty or retired Soldiers with financial assistance to pursue a 4-year college degree. Applicants must apply each year, and scholarship awards do not exceed four academic years.

Fold of Honor Foundation Scholarships is a legacy foundation designed to provide scholarships for dependents and spouses of service members that have been disabled, listed as POW/MIA, or killed as a result of their military service. Interested individuals should complete and submit either an immediate or future-use application as appropriate, as well as satisfactory evidence that they qualify according to the existing eligibility requirements. Upon award, scholarships are dispersed directly to the educational institution in two increments at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become permanently and totally disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. The Scholarships for Military Children Program is administered by local commissaries and awards one or more $1,500 scholarships per location to dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military.

The Military Officers Association of America offer scholarships, grants, and interest-free loans to spouses and dependents of active-duty personnel and veterans. Children of an active-duty, reserve, or National Guard parent who died on active service are eligible to apply for the American Patriot Scholarship. Children of the surviving spouse of retired officers are eligible to receive the General John Paul Ratay Educational Fund Grants. The online application opens in November and must be completed and submitted no later than noon EST March 1st of the following year.
This is a UAF scholarship for active duty military spouses attending classes at Eielson or Fort Wainwright with a minimum award of $500. Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in a biology class. Each applicant must submit a copy of military I.D. indicating military sponsorship or a letter from a commanding officer naming the sponsor. Students seeking this scholarship must complete the FAFSA. Learn more and sign up for this and other scholarships at the UA Foundation scholarship page.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) is a career development and employment assistance program to help military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or Associate's Degrees (excluding Associate's Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration) necessary for employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career Fields and Occupations. MyCAA provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2. To learn more about the program read the fact sheet (PDF) or call 1-800-342-9647.
The mission of the NMFA Spouse Scholarship Program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family's financial security. The scholarships are awarded to spouses of all Uniformed Services members including active duty, national guard/reserves, and retirees as well as survivors. Scholarships up to $1000 are awarded.

The Department of Defense lists organizations useful for education and scholarship opportunities meant for our service members and their families.

Review continuing education resources for veterans at Accredited Online College.

This comprehensive guide to Veteran Education Benefits, lists Accredited Online Universities (UAF, UAA, UAS), Online Colleges and Online Schools. In this user-friendly guide, there are features like the GI Bill® calculator, additional grants and scholarship directories. Interviews with the top universities that have programs designed specifically to support veteran higher education.

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