Figuring out how to pay for a child’s college tuition (or helping them figure out how to pay for their own college tuition) can be an intimidating and exhausting process. There is a huge pool of scholarships to draw from, but many students do not think that they qualify for any or do not know where to look. Scholarships come in all shapes and sizes – some are large, some are small. Some are need-based; some are merit-based.
We have compiled a list of large-scale scholarships created specifically for military children. Remember that students can (and should) apply to as many scholarships as they qualify for.
1. Scholarships for Military Children Program
The Fisher House Foundation has partnered with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to offer scholarships to children of active duty military, reserve/guard, retired, or deceased. A minimum of one $2000 scholarship will be awarded at each commissary location where qualified applications are received. Multiple scholarships may be awarded at each commissary location based on availability. It is encouraged that children apply for the scholarship at their nearest commissary, but applications can be mailed in should the military family not live near a commissary location. Applications are accepted December – February annually.
2. Air Force Aid Society
The Air Force Aid Society offers both the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant and a merit-based scholarship. The grants program awards a minimum of $2000 on a needs-basis to children of active duty, retired or deceased Air Force members. The Society also awards a minimum of ten $5000 merit-based scholarships to students.
3. Army Scholarship Foundation
The Army Scholarship Foundation awards a number of scholarships ranging from $500 – $2000 to children of active duty, retired or deceased Army members. Applications are due by May 1 of the current application year.
4. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is open to children of active, reserve, retired or deceased Marines and Navy Corpsmen. The scholarships awarded range from $1500 – $10000 annually per student and the application period runs between January and March every year.
5. Navy League Foundation
Navy League Foundation scholarships are awarded to children and grandchildren of current and former members of the Sea Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines). For 2015, the league has twenty-five scholarships to award. Each scholarship is awarded for four years at an amount of $2500 per year.
6. Air Force Club Scholarship Program
The Air Force Club scholarships are open to children of new and current Air Force club members (in good standing). Applications are accepted each year between March – May and are awarded based on essay submissions from applicants. For 2015, the Air Force club will award ten $1000 scholarships and thirty $500 scholarships.
7. ThanksUSA Scholarship
ThanksUSA will be awarding up to 500 scholarships to children of active duty, retired or deceased military members. They will be accepting applications for their 2015 scholarship cycle until May 15, 2015. Each scholarship will be in the amount of $3000.
8. Wings Over America
Wings Over America awards over forty scholarships every year to children of active duty, retired or deceased Navy personnel from the aviation community. Applicants must have one parent who has served over eight years in Naval Aviation Commands. Scholarships average $2500 and the application period is from October – March annually.
This is by no means an all-inclusive list of scholarships. Do you know of a scholarship for military children that we have not listed? Let us know!