Many scholarships and free tuition programs are available to dependent children of military personnel. Some of these programs may be available only to a single branch of the service, or only to residents of a single state, or only to the children of veterans of a particular conflict. The scholarships listed here apply to all states and branches of the service, including the reserve/guard.
Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children Program
The Scholarships for Military Children Program provides up to $1,500 to attend an accredited US postsecondary college in any undergraduate program. Applicants can reapply for up to 4 years.
This scholarship is open to all dependent, unmarried children who are or will be pursuing an undergraduate degree course and who are under the age of 23. Applicants may be in their last year of high school, currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, or enrolled in a community college program which allows transfer directly into a 4-year program. All applicants require a minimum GPA of 3.0.
The military parent must be on active duty or retired. Survivors of military personnel who died while receiving retirement pay from the military, or who were killed on active duty, are also eligible. The military parent should be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database, and the applicant must also possess a US Uniformed Services Identification Card.
Military children who are awarded a full scholarship at any accredited US postsecondary college are not eligible for the SMCP. Military children who receive an appointment to any of the US military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are also not eligible.
Applicants may submit SMCP applications at any commissary. Alternately, applicants can download the application form and mail it, along with a transcript and the required essay, to the commissary nearest to where the military parent is stationed. The name of a contact person at the commissary will be required. All applications must be received between December and the February deadline.
Fisher House Foundation Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships
The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships Program provides up to the full cost of tuition, books, lab fees, and room and board to attend an accredited US postsecondary college in any undergraduate program. However, the amount of the scholarship may be reduced by other funds received by the applicant. This new scholarship is financed by the royalties from President Barack Obama’s book “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.”
This scholarship is open to all dependent, unmarried children who are or will be pursuing an undergraduate degree course and who are under the age of 23. Applicants may be in their last year of high school, currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, or enrolled in a community college program which allows transfer directly into a 4-year program. All applicants require a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants may apply to both the SMCP and the HLSP.
The military parent must have died or been disabled while on active duty after September 11, 2001. The military parent should be enrolled in the DEERS database, and the applicant must also possess a US Uniformed Services Identification Card.
Applicants should download the HLSP application form and mail it, along with a transcript and the required essay, to Scholarship Managers, Post Office Box 2550, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034. All applications must be postmarked between December and May 1.
Tillman Military Scholarships
The Tillman Military Scholarship Program provides all education-related expenses required to attend an accredited US postsecondary college in any undergraduate program. These expenses include housing and child care, if needed. The scholarship may be renewed until the degree or certification is achieved, but may not be used for multiple degrees.
This scholarship is open to all military children between the ages of 19 and 28 whose veteran parent cannot transfer benefits to them. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program or planning to enroll full-time. Applicants are also selected on the basis of financial need, educational record, and commitment to their community. There is no minimum GPA to apply for the first time, but there is a minimum 3.0 GPA required to renew the scholarship.
Applicants should download the TMSP application form and mail it electronically, along with documentation of parental military service, a resume, and the required 3 essays, to the email address listed in the application form. Semifinalists will also be asked for a financial aid award letter, a Student Aid Report (SAR), and a photo highlighting your family member’s military service. Applications may be sent in starting in early March, and will be accepted until the Pat Tillman Foundation website announces that the maximum number of applications has been received and the application process is closed.
VA Mortgage Center Military Education Scholarships
Through its Military Education Scholarship Program, the VA Mortgage Center awards 5 biyearly scholarships of $1,500 each. The VA Mortgage Center also runs regular contests for 10 scholarships of $1,000 each.
These scholarships are open to all military children who are enrolled for at least 12 credit-hours per semester. They are awarded on the basis of an essay contest, with the essay being written by the parent. All essays should be submitted directly on the website or mailed to VA Mortgage Center.com Scholarships, 2011 Chapel Plaza Ct. Suite 109, Columbia, Missouri 65203.