Did you know that the military has scholarship programs for your dependents? These are ways for your Spouse and Child(ren) to attend college outside of using your GI Bill. See below for those that are offered:
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the Children and Surviving Spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.
Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship
The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship came prior to taking the oath of office as President, Barack Obama wrote a Children’s book, titled “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.” The President chose to donate his after-tax proceeds to Fisher House Foundation specifically to establish a scholarship fund for the Children of fallen and disabled Service members.
MG James Ursano Scholarship Program
The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree. Applicants must reapply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program
The Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist the Spouses of active duty and retired Soldiers and Surviving Spouses of Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status in obtaining an undergraduate degree. The purpose of the program is to assist Spouse/Surviving Spouse in gaining the education required to allow them to qualify for increased occupational opportunities. The program was renamed after Mrs. Shinseki in December of 2019.
Scholarships for Military Children
The Scholarships for Military Children program is primarily funded through the generosity of manufacturers and suppliers whose products are sold at military commissaries, worldwide. The program works to provide a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) worldwide.
Tillman Scholars Program
Pat Tillman, in response to the attacks of September 11th, left a distinguished NFL career to serve as a U.S. Army Ranger with 75th Ranger Regiment in Iraq and then Afghanistan, where he was killed in 2004. The Pat Tillman Foundation was established by friends and Family to honor Pat’s legacy and his commitment to service, learning and action.
The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) invests in military Veterans and Spouses through academic scholarships- building a diverse group of leaders who are committed to service to others. Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars (TS) Program supports our nation’s active-duty Service members, Veterans and military Spouses. The scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend, for scholars who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution.
Take a chance to see if your dependents qualify and apply!