There are a number of scholarships and resources available for service members and their families. Click on the links below for more information.
Army Emergency ReliefArmy Emergency Relief is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.” Their educational resources the Dependent Children Scholarship Program, the Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program (OSEAP), the Stateside Spouse Scholarship Assistance Program, and assistance in finding general and military related scholarships.
Army Scholarship FoundationThe Army Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for spouses of enlisted active duty Army members, as well as for spouses of active duty Guard and Reserve members.
Air Force Scholarships
Air Force Aid SocietyThe Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force. AFAS offers a Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) for spouses of active duty personnel who accompany members to overseas locations. Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year will be available beginning November 1, 2011. More detailed information about eligibility can be found on the Web site.
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant ProgramThe Air Force Aid Society plans to award up to 3,000 grants to dependents of Air Force members for their college education through the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program. Applications for these $2,000 need-based grants are now available from the Society's Web site. The grant program is open to dependent children of active duty, Title 10. Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reservists, and deceased Air Force members. Spouses of active duty members and surviving spouses of deceased personnel are also eligible.
Mike & Gail Donley Spouse ScholarshipThe Air Force Spouse Scholarship program is designed to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue associate/bachelor undergraduate or graduate/postgraduate degrees. The applicant must be a spouse of Air Force Active Duty, Air National Guard, or Air Force Reserve to be eligible. Spouses who are also members of the service are not eligible. Additional requirements are available on the Web site.
Scholarships for Family Members
American Patriot Freedom ScholarshipSince launching the American Patriot Freedom Scholarship Program in 2006, the program, administered by Homefront America, Inc. has awarded over $95,000 in scholarships. Each year, military dependent children from around the world submit their essays hoping to receive one of 25 - $1,000 scholarships.
Spouse BuzzThis site, dedicated to military spouses, has information and resources for spouses.
Folds of Honor ScholarshipThe Folds of Honor Foundation offers college scholarships for spouses and children of service members disabled in action or killed in action in Iraq or Afghanistan. Applications may be submitted in advance for children who will not need the scholarship for several years. Scholarship amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Hope for the WarriorsHOPE FOR THE WARRIORS™, offers multiple scholarships to U.S. military spouses of wounded service members and Fallen Warriors.
National Military Family AssociationThe National Military Family Association Scholarship Fund awards scholarships for Military spouses. Applications, when available, are posted on their Web site.
Scholarships for Military ChildrenThe Defense Commissary Agency and Fisher House Foundation, Inc. have created the Scholarships for Military Children Program. This program awards a $1,500 scholarship at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. The scholarship provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees, and other related expenses. Dependent, unmarried children, under age 23, of active duty personnel, Reserve, Guard and retired military members, or survivors of deceased members, are eligible to apply.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)The Dependents' Educational Assistance Program is funded and provided by the Veteran's Administration (VA). The DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Thanks USAThanks USA offers scholarships to spouses and dependents of active duty service members or Reservists and National Guard members who have been activated.
General ScholarshipsAmerican Association of University WomenThe American Association of University Women offers scholarships for women. These scholarships are awarded to eligible women who meet the specific requirements of AAUW Branch and State offices.
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics AssociationLinks to various grants and scholarship opportunities. See Web site for details and application dates.
Broke ScholarBroke Scholar is a free scholarship search engine.
College BoardCollege Board allows students to search for available grants and scholarships.
College NetThis database contains listings of more than 500,000 private-sector awards from 1,570 sponsors.
College ScholarshipsCollege Scholarships provides information about scholarships for students across the country. Browse available scholarships by subject, state, student status, or other categories.
College ToolkitCollege Toolkit, formerly Lunch Money, provides a free scholarship search program.
Education Resource Organizations DirectoryA tool to locate State Educational Funding.
Fast WebFastweb is a free scholarship Web site for parents and students. The site includes a loan calculator and list of key dates for financial aid and admissions.
Federal Student Aid Scholarship SearchThis page of the Federal Student Aid Web site offers a scholarship search. The Student Aid site also offers a Financial Aid and Scholarship Wizard.
Fin AidFin Aid is a comprehensive Web site that provides information on loans, scholarships, military aid, and other sources of educational funding.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans and its value to our society.
GovBenefits.govGovBenefits.gov is the official benefits Web site of the U.S. government, with information on over a thousand benefit and assistance programs. They include education grants and loans, health, housing, and other types of assistance. To obtain a tailored list of benefit programs for which you may be eligible, complete the free and confidential questionnaire on the GovBenefits.gov homepage. Or search for all programs by state, category, state, or federal agency by going to “Benefits.”
Military.comThis commercial site has information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities for military family member. Under “Benefits” click on “Education” and follow the link for “Money for School.”
Military Community Scholarship and Financial Aid ExplorerThis site helps military members and their family research scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
Military Officers Association of America ScholarshipThe Military Officers Association of America has multiple scholarship opportunities. Visit their Web site for details and deadlines.
Military OneSourceThis site contains information and links to financial support for service members, children and spouses pursuing an education. Information on branch-specific tuition assistance programs is also available.
Outlaw StudentOutlaw Student offers six scholarship programs.
Pat Tillman FoundationThe Pat Tillman Foundation offers Tillman Military Scholarships for service members and their dependents.
Peterson’s Undergraduate Scholarship SearchThe undergraduate scholarship search helps you find private awards and grants to help cut college costs. By answering questions about yourself and your activities, you can narrow down the scholarships to the ones that match your qualifications. Start by going to “College Success Tools” then “Pay for School.”
SAT/ACT Prep Program for Military FamilieseKnowledge Corporation and NFL football players have donated over $20 million of SAT software to military families worldwide. Military service members, veterans, and dependents can order free SAT test preparation products worth $200 by visiting the eKnowledge Web site. Software is free, you only pay for shipping and handling.
ScholarshipsScholarships.com offers a free searching tool for finding scholarships.
Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART)The SMART scholarship program is offered to undergraduate and graduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. According to the Web site interested applicants should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer.
State Higher Education Agency ContactsThe U.S. Department of Education provides this listing of contact information for each state’s Higher Education Agency which provides information on the education programs, colleges and universities, financial aid assistance programs, grants, scholarships, continuing education programs, and career opportunities.
Student Scholarship SearchThis site offers information about scholarships, loans, grants, and more.
Students.ed.govThis U.S. Department of Education site links students with information on financial aid, tuition assistance, and scholarships. There is a section for military members and their families. Start your search by going to “Pay for your education.”
Veterans Guide for Academic Aid and Programs A comprehensive guide from CollegeStats to help veterans and their dependents who are looking to take advantage of the many educational (and financial) assistance programs available to them.