In addition to the G.I. Bill, and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, there are a wide variety of available scholarships designed to encourage and support veterans in their quest for a college education. These scholarships are supported by both public and private funds, and are offered to eligible veterans who have been honorably discharged from military service. Requirements and award amounts will vary according to the program.
Scholarships for Veterans
- The AMVET National Scholarship Program is designed for those veterans who have exhausted the resources of the G.I. Bill. Applicants must have been honorably discharged, and must be attending an accredited college, university or technical school. The award is $1000 per academic year, renewable for up to three years.
- The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship is available to all veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The program is also open to widows and dependents of those service-members who have been awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. Award amounts vary, and are based on financial need.
- The American Legion Scholarship is available to all veteran members of the legion who are pursuing their undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university. Annual awards are $1000, and eligibility is determined by financial need.
- The Pat Tillman Foundation offers the Leadership Through Action – Tilman Military Scholars program which provides financial assistance to veterans and active-duty military who wish to start, continue, or finish their college education. Award amounts vary, and eligibility is determined by merit as well as financial need. Applicants are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA, and must submit two essays for consideration.
- The Troops to Teachers Program is administered by the U. S. Department of Defense, and provides financial support for veterans who choose to pursue a degree in teaching or education. Eligible applicants must agree to a term of service in a high need school or community in order to receive funding. Eligibility is determined by financial need, as well as academic merit.
- The Disabled War Veterans Scholarship is provided by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. The award is $2,500 and is available to active - duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists, and National Guard personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during service in Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations. You must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at an accredited two - or four - year institution in the United States to be considered for this award.
- Are you planning a career in the health sciences? The Florence Wood/Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association Scholarship awards $500 annually to a health sciences undergraduate or graduate student attending a college in Arkansas. Visit the American Occupational Therapy Foundation for info about the latest scholarships or address questions to Jeanne Cooper, AOTF Scholarship Program Coordinator, at email address Jcooper@aoft.org or phone (301) 652-6611, Extension 2550.
Scholarships for Dependents and Spouses of Veterans
- Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program - Are you the son or daughter of an active duty Air Force member, Title 10 AGR/Reservist, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active-duty, retired, retired reserve or deceased member? Or are you the spouse of an active duty member stationed stateside, or surviving spouse of a deceased member? The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) offers the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant based on family income and education cost factors in the amount of $2,000. Since the 1988-1989 school year, 82,287 grants were disbursed thus far.
- Purple Heart Members and Family - Are you a member, spouse, widow, dependent or grandchild of the Military Order of the Purple Heart? If so, you might be eligible for the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship toward higher education. For additional information, click here or call (703) 642-5360.
- ThanksUSA Scholarship - The ThanksUSA Scholarship ($3,000) is available to dependent children (24 years old and younger) and spouses of U.S. military service personnel. You must be a full - time undergraduate student attending an accredited college, university, or vocational / technical school and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Selection is based on financial need, academic record, and demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities. Preference will be given to students who are the children or spouses of service personnel killed or injured during active duty.
- Women in the Trades Scholarship - Provided by: The Dwyer Group; The Women in the Trades Scholarship is a $1,500 award available to female students who are over the age of 18. You must be actively pursuing a degree in a trade field in order to qualify for this award. Preference is given to women who are affiliated with the military. Deadline for application if October 30, 2014.