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Money for College for Children, Grandchildren, and Dependents of Veterans and Enlisted Military Personnel

When seeking money for college and financial aid for your college tuition, fees, and other expenses, leave no stone unturned. Are you the child or dependent of a U.S. Military Veteran or an enlisted member of the armed forces? Did one of your grandparents serve (or are they still serving) in the U.S. Military? If the answer is 'yes' to either of these questions, you may be eligible for several sources of financial assistance specifically set aside for children, dependents, and grandchildren of enlisted personnel or veterans.

Students interested in seeking this type of financial aid should research each program thoroughly to make sure they are eligible before applying. Visit again in the coming months for in-depth articles about each of these scholarship programs.


Let's take a closer look at some of these sources of funding.

Naval Warfare Scholarships

Dependents and family members of those serving in the Navy under the NWS command may be eligible for these scholarships, which are awarded based on merit as determined by academic records and a personal essay portion of the scholarship application.


The Argon Seal Scholarship

Dependents of Navy personnel in the SEALs program may be eligible for this scholarship, which is based on academic records in addition to the ongoing contribution to the Navy SEALs. Up to $1,000 per year for up to four years is awarded to scholarship recipients as long as they maintain a minimum academic standard (as of February 2010, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 is required).


Navy Seal Foundation Scholarships

This program offers financial assistance to dependent children of active duty Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen (SWCCs). Scholarships are based on merit, demonstrated by transcripts and a personal essay. Students seeking either an Associate or a Bachelor's Degree may be eligible to apply, and recipients may reapply for funding for each academic year.


Navy Counselors' Association Scholarship

Dependent children of active duty members of the NCA may be eligible for this scholarship program, which provides funds for current students or those who have been accepted into a vocational or technical school, college, or university. Awards are based on transcripts, personal essays, and verification of the family members' membership in the NCA.


AMVETS Scholarships

Annual awards go to qualifying veterans/active military personnel, their children, or grandchildren, or children and grandchildren of deceased veterans. Scholarships of $1,000 - $4,000 are awarded based on financial need and academic excellence.

FRA Education Foundation Scholarships

Children of service members in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard may be eligible for any of several scholarships offered by this foundation. Students must be studying full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university.

MG James Ursano Scholarship Program

Children of active duty, retired, or U.A. Army service members who died while on active duty or in retired status may be eligible for this program, administered through the Army Emergency Relief Fund. Applicants must be younger than 22 years of age and have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children

$1,500 scholarships are available to children of active duty, Reserve, Guard, retired, and fallen U.S. Military service members. Those applying for scholarships must be under 23 years of age and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Air Force Sergeants Association and Airmen Memorial Foundation Scholarships for Air Force Dependents

Scholarships of $500 - $3,000 are available to dependents of active duty, Reserve, Air National Guard, retired, and veterans of the U.S. Air Force.

Heroes Legacy Scholarships

Dependent unmarried children of U.S. Military veterans who have fallen in battle or have died or become disabled during active military service since September 11, 2001 are eligible for this scholarship program. Applicants must be unmarried and under 23 years of age.   The amount of the scholarship awarded is not to exceed the costs of tuition, books, lab fees, and room and board, to any accredited U. S. post-secondary institution of high learning.

St. George's Scholars Program

St. George's School offers a scholarship program for children of active duty military personnel, providing up to four fully funded years of boarding school education for the 2012-2013 school year.

Iowa War Orphans Scholarship

Children of military personnel who died in the line of duty during the time periods listed below may be eligible for scholarships of up to $600 per year:

  • April 6, 1917 - June 2, 1921
  • September 16, 1940 - December 31, 1946
  • June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
  • August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975
  • August 2, 1990

Applicants must be residents of Iowa for at least two years. Students may apply for funding each year, for a total scholarship amount not to exceed $3,000.

Minnesota State Children of Deceased Veterans Program

All applicants who qualify for this program are eligible to receive tuition-free education at all Minnesota state campuses, except the University of Minnesota. Applicants must be residents of Minnesota for at least two years and must be children of deceased members of the military (the service member must have been a Minnesota resident at the commencement of his or her active duty service). In addition, $350 is available each year to qualifying applicants to help cover the cost of college-related expenses, from the Minnesota State War Orphans Education Program.

Montana State Children of Deceased Veterans Program

Select Montana schools offer tuition waivers for qualifying children of veterans of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.

South Dakota War Orphans Tuition Assistance Program

Children of military service members killed in the line of duty who are under the age of 25 and are South Dakota residents may be eligible to receive free tuition at select South Dakota schools.

Texas Air National Guard and National Guard Orphans

Through Texas's Hazelwood Act, children of deceased members of the Air National Guard and the National Guard may be eligible to receive free tuition for college or continuing education at Texas schools.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) American Patriot Scholarships

Dependents of military personnel whose parents have died in active duty since September 11, 2001 may be eligible for financial assistance for college, with scholarships awarded between $2,500 and $5,000, renewable annually for up to five years of undergraduate education. Students must be under 24 years of age.

United States Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA) Scholarship Foundation

Dependents, children, stepchildren, and grandchildren of Army warrant officers may be eligible for scholarships of $1,000 or more toward tuition at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be 23 or younger and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

American Legion Legacy Scholarships

Dependent children of U.S. Military or National Guard personnel who died during active duty since September 11, 2001 may be eligible for scholarships from the American Legion. Amount vary year to year, but are renewable if certain conditions are met. Students must be high school graduates or graduating seniors in high school, and the scholarships support their undergraduate studies.

American Patriot Freedom Scholarship Award for Military Dependent Children

Administered by Homefront America, this scholarship program provides multiple $1,000 scholarships annually to dependents of military members.

Air Force Aid Society's General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

Dependent children of active duty, retired, or deceased members of the U.S. Air Force may be eligible for need-based scholarships of $1,500 to be used toward books, fees, and other required materials at accredited colleges, universities, or trade schools.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society's Vice Admiral E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program

Dependent children of active duty or retired Navy or Marin Corps personnel may be eligible for $2,000 grants. Applicants must be working on undergraduate studies full-time at an accredited college or university.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

Family members of Coast Guard members who are seeking their first undergraduate degree, GED, or vocational certification may qualify for $250 grants, renewable annually, toward non-tuition education expenses. Grant money can be used to pay for books, child care expenses, transportation and parking, tests and exams, study guides, and supplies.

Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund

Need-based college grants are available for children and families of military service members who have been severely injured of killed in the line of duty in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Grants can be used for clothing, school supplies, and other expenses.

NMCRS Gold Star Scholarship

Children of sailors or Marines who died while on active duty or after retiring from the Marines may be eligible for a Gold Star Scholarship, which also considers financial need in its award decisions. Scholarships of $500 - $2,500 per academic year are paid directly to recipients' schools and may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Scholarship recipients can reapply for funding for each academic year as long as they maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Joseph A. McAlinden Divers Scholarship

Children of active duty or retired sailors or Marine divers may be eligible for this program. Students must demonstrated financial need and must be pursuing their first degree full-time at a college, university, technical, or vocational school. Students also must be studying Aquaculture, Ocean Agriculture, or Oceanography and enroll in a diver certification, training, or licensure program. Scholarships of $500 - $3,000 per academic year are awarded, and recipients may reapply for funding each year that they are enrolled in school full-time and meet specified academic standards.

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