Veterans have a lot of options at their disposal for paying for secondary education. While the federal government helps cover a lot of a veteran’s tuition, there are still limits that may leave gaps in your funding needs.
Due to the bravery of the men and women of our armed services, there are several organizations and schools that offer scholarships that help veterans obtain a post secondary degree. While no single act can truly thank those that serve and protect us, we as a country can at least provide them with the opportunity to achieve greatness during and after their service.
The G.I Bill is the primary federal program devoted to helping veterans fund their college education. The program has changed over the years, but it still covers a large portion of the costs associated with higher education.
The Montgomery G.I. Bill
The G.I. Bill is probably the most top of mind aid program that our troops receive for their honorable service. It was designed to help those that have served further their careers after their service. The bill has helped drive the middle class by investing in those that have sacrificed for their country.
The benefits are available to all military servicemen who have agreed to withhold $100 from their monthly pay. Enrollees can also agree to withhold more of their pay for higher benefits after their discharge. The amount of aid available varies and depends on a few variables. Time served and the contributions from the servicemen play a large part in the level of benefits available. Usually, those that have received an honorable discharge are eligible for up to 3 years of education benefits.
The benefits can be applied toward applicable charges from accredited higher education institutions. These charges include tuition, housing, books and other charges. Reservists and National Guard servicemen are also able to benefit from these benefits, but typically at lower benefit levels. Benefits are payable for up to the ten years following an honorable discharge.
The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill
This bill was passed in 2009 and extends the Montgomery G.I. bill. It was created to help benefit those men and women of our armed services who served immediately after the 9/11 tragedy. For those to qualify, they must has enrolled within 90 days of the 9/11 event. Those who were discharged due to a service related incident are especially given attention.
The benefits also include 3 years of financial assistance to eligible members of our armed services. Full tuition is part of the benefits package as well as housing, books and other applicable fees. Like the prior mentioned Montgomery G.I. Bill, benefits are based on time served, the details of their deployment and of course must have been honorably discharged.
Leadership Through Action – Tilman Military Scholars
The Tillman Scholar Program unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The fellowship supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities so they are empowered to make an impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.
Veteran and active-duty military service members Pre-and post-9/11 service eras From all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time* student: Undergraduate (Bachelor’s or above) Graduate or professional degree At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution
War Veterans Scholarship AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships, Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans
The AFCEA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing academic support to U.S. military personnel.
Applicants must be
U.S. citizen currently enrolled and attending a four-year accredited college or university in the United States as a sophomores or juniors at the time of application. Freshman and senior level students are ineligible to apply. You cannot apply the year you are graduating.
Enrolled part time or full time in an eligible undergraduate degree program.
An overall 3.0 GPA is required.
Candidates must be majoring in the following C4I-related fields related to the mission of AFCEA: Biometry/Biometrics, Computer Engineering, Computer Forensics Science, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Systems, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geospatial Science, Information Science, Information Technology, Information Resource Management, Intelligence, Mathematics, Network Engineering, Network Security, Operations, Research, Physics, Robotics Engineering, Robotics Technology, Statistics, Strategic Intelligence, and Telecommunications Engineering
Served in Afghanistan and/or Iraq War (from 2003 to present) - provide DD214 or Certificate of Service. Paperwork must verify service in Afghantistan and Iraq. Remove SSN.
War Veteran Teacher Certification Program: Students actively pursuing a credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) subjects at a U.S. elementary, middle/intermediate and high schools are eligible. Current credential and licensure students must have completed a bachelor’s of science degree. Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded.
Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship
The VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It’s just another way for us to say “thank you” to those who fought for our freedoms.
Be a citizen of the United States. Be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve. Have completed Basic Training and follow-on training (Advanced Individual Training, technical school, etc.). Separated with or currently hold a military rank of E-5 or below. Demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Participate in, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited post-secondary institution.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Like other federal grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants provide money to college or career school students to help pay their education expenses. However, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants have special eligibility criteria.
You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if
you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.
2019 Military Child of the Year® Award
he annual awards will recognize seven outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Six of them will represent a branch of the armed forces — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard — for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge.
Child must be a legal military dependent. Status confirmed by Military ID or DEERS enrollment form. Child must be between the ages of 13 and 18, at the time of application submission. Child should identify any organizational sponsor or mentor who can help them communicate with the Booz Allen Hamilton team and implement the plan. Child and one adult guardian must be available to travel to the Washington, DC area for the April 15-19, 2019 Gala award presentation.
¡Adelante! HOPE Veteran's Scholarship
The Hispanic Organization for Public Employees is pleased to offer the following scholarship for one U.S. Military Veteran attending any college or university in Texas.
-Currently attending an accredited university, public or private college in the state of Texas -Is involved in community service -Is of Hispanic descent -Is able to attend Adelante's Annual Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas in (October 25-28) if awarded a scholarship (trip to San Antonio is paid for by Adelante). -Is able to attend the HOPE Hispanic Heritage Banquet -Can provide a color head shot of self (min size 4x6) -Can provide one letter of recommendation -Has a 2.75 or greater GPA -Will maintain full-time enrollment status (12 hours) for the duration of the scholarship period
AFAS General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program is the centerpiece of AFAS education support. The application process for the Arnold Education Grant serves as the platform for other key education support opportunities at the Society.
The Hap Arnold Education Grant is competitive in its needs-based selection criteria and is uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education costs.
AFAS education support is available to dependent sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 Guard performing full-time active duty, retired, retired Reserve and deceased Air Force members, as well as spouses of active duty and Title 10 Reservists, and widows/widowers.
Anchor Scholarship Foundation
The Anchor Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to eligible family members (children and spouses) of active duty, retired and honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel.
The Anchor Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to eligible family members (children and spouses) of active duty, retired or honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel.
Recipients are selected on the basis of four equally weighted criteria: -Academic performance -Character -Extracurricular -Financial need
ARMY ENGINEER MEMORIAL AWARDS
The Army Engineer Memorial Awards were established in 1967 as a living memorial to Engineer Officers killed in Vietnam and are given annually to honor all Engineer Officers who died in the line of duty. A candidate for an award may be any graduating high school senior who is a citizen of the United States and whose sponsor, parent, or legal guardian is a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, retired or deceased), National Guard U.S. Army Engineer, Reserve U. S. Army Engineer, or current Department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as well as a current member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club. The merit based awards are open to students in all fields of study and are based on academic and extracurricular achievement during high school. All monies awarded must be applied toward tuition or scholastic expenses at a college, university, technical or vocational school.
A candidate for an award may be any graduating high school senior who is a citizen of the United States and whose sponsor, parent, or legal guardian is a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, retired or deceased), National Guard U.S. Army Engineer, Reserve U. S. Army Engineer, or current Department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as well as a current member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club. The merit-based awards are open to students in all fields of study and are based on academic and extracurricular achievement during high school. All monies awarded must be applied toward tuition or scholastic expenses at a college, university, technical or vocational school.
Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship
he Daughters of the Cincinnati have contributed generously to the scholarship fund for over a century Our scholars follow the academic path they chose at major colleges and universities.
Awarded to daughters of career commissioned officers in the United States armed services Selection based on both merit and financial need
Our goal is to provide you with the education and resources you need to make informed decisions about your student loan debt and financial health.