Scholarships for Military Children

Scholarship Name Scholarship Description

1st Marine Division Association Scholarship Program

Aids dependents of deceased or permanently disabled veterans of service with the 1st Marine Division in continuing their education. Awards are given to full time, undergraduate students who are attending an accredited college, university, or higher technical trade school, up to a maximum of four years.

AFAS Merit Scholarship

Each year, Air Force Aid Society awards a minimum of 10 Merit Scholarships. These $5,000 scholarships are available to dependent children and spouses of active duty and retired Airmen who demonstrate outstanding academic potential based on GPA.

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

The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program, also known as the Hap Arnold Grant, 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 Grant is competitive in its needs-based selection criteria and is uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education costs.
Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 are awarded to eligible Air Force dependents each year. The specific amount awarded correlates to a student’s particular level of financial need.
AFAS education support and air force reserve tuition assistance 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. 
Deadline 30 April.

Air Force Officers’ Wives Club of
Washington DC

1. High School Seniors, Current College
Student or Spouse.
They are also offering a separate scholarship for students majoring in Science, Engineering, Technology or Math (STEM) through a generous $15,000 donation from Lockheed Martin. Deadline 1 March.

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

Available for children or legally adopted children of active duty U.S. Military and Guard, and Reserve personnel who were federalized and died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
Deadline 15 April.

AMVETS National Scholarship Program

Available to financially assist children and grandchildren of Veterans. Postmarked on/before 15 April.
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must provide evidence of active duty status or veteran status having served honorably
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED*
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment to an eligible program
  • Must not be in default on a federal student loan
  • Must not be convicted under state or federal law for sale of or possession of illegal drugs
  • Must agree to authorize AMVETS to publicize your scholarship award, if you are selected

Anchor Scholarship

The Anchor Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to eligible family members (children and spouses) of active duty, retired or honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel.
Anchor Scholarships MUST be applied to tuition and tuition related expenses only.   Dependent children must be pursuing a 4-year degree (BA or BS) at a
4-year college or university in the United States. Dependent spouses may be pursuing an Associates, BA or BS at a
2 or 4-year college or university in the
United States.  Deadline 1 March.

Army Emergency Relief: Dependent Children Scholarship Program

The MG James Ursano Scholarship program is for dependent children of Service Members on federal active duty, retired, or deceased while in active or retired status.
Deadline 1 April.

Chief Petty officer Scholarship Fund

For qualified family members of Chief Petty Officers including spouses and children (natural born, adopted or stepchildren).
Deadline 31 March.

Coast Guard Exchange System Scholarship Program

Scholarships to students who are dependents of Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and military retired members, current civilian NAF and APF employees, and current Coast Guard Auxiliarists that meet eligibility requirements.
Deadline 28 February.

Fisher House Foundation Scholarship Program

Open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers. Submit application to commissary no later than 12 February.

Folds of Honor Foundation

Folds of Honor Foundation (FHF) provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of Service Members disabled or killed as a result of
their military service to our great nation. Can be applied to schooling now or held by
Folds of Honor on behalf of young children until needed at the time of enrollment. Application submitted between 1 January and 31 March.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Students are eligible if they are the dependent child of an active duty Service Member who was killed or permanently disabled (100%) rating as the result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA.

Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship

Open to dependent unmarried children under the age of 23, of those who have died or have become disabled through their active military service on or after September 11, 2001.
Deadline 15 February.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.

John A. Keller Scholarship

Available to dependents of members in good standing of the Chief Warrant Officers Association, United States Coast Guard.
Postmarked no later than 1 March.

Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association

Helping deserving students (Children or Grandchildren of LA FRA members) with reach their educational and professional goals for decades, presenting annual awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing college and graduate degrees.
Deadline 15 April.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Over three hundred scholarship grants are given annually to applicants. The foundation has started a blocked scholarship fund to build a trust to assist in the funding of its regular scholarship program. Scholarships are applied for and awarded by the Marine Corps League Scholarship Committee using applications and standards developed by that committee.
Deadline 1 March.

Military Child of the Year Award

The Military Child of the Year Award recognizes outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership and achievement in their communities Recipients, along with a parent or guardian, travel to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition Gala. They also receive a laptop computer and the $10,000 award.
Eligibility: *Must be the legal dependent child of a service member and have valid military ID or currently be enrolled in DEERS, between the ages of 8-18, able to travel to DC for the Awards Gala, background check to confirm legitimacy of information provided in nomination, if selected as a finalist -Must provide references if selected as a finalist.

Navy League of the United States Foundation

Currently, the Navy League Foundation has a total of 25 endowed scholarships. Navy League Councils across the United States provide additional scholarships to students and Sea Cadets in their cities and regions. Applicants must be a dependent or direct descendant of an active, reserve, retired or honorably discharged member of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, U.S.-flag Merchant Marine, or U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Society of the 1st Infantry Division Huebner Scholarship

This scholarship is for children and grandchildren of former members of the Division as well as children of active-duty 1st Infantry Division Service Members.

Society of the Daughters of the United States Army (DUSA)

The Scholarship Committee of the West Point chapter of the Society of the Daughters of the United States Army (DUSA) welcomes your interest in applying for one of our academic scholarships to assist your collegiate education. Deadline 1 March.

Thanks USA Scholarship

Accessible to all dependent children, age 24 and under, and all spouses of Active-Duty U.S. military Service Members are eligible to apply for scholarships.
Deadline 15 May.


Contact Information

Kelly Kirkpatrick

O: 620-820-1147
Location: Military Lounge, Student Success Center
Veterans Crisis Line
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