As a spouse or child of a member of the armed forces, you have a unique opportunity to get a higher education for less. There are many scholarships available for dependents of all branches of the military to help defray costs of attending college or university. We've compiled a list of five such scholarships for military dependents, and explained the qualifications required to receive the awards.
|Scholarship||Military Branch||Scholarship Amount||Qualifications|
|General Henry H. Arnold Grant||Air Force||Up to $4,000 a year||Air Force spouse or child, based on financial need|
|Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Scholarship||Navy/Marines||Up to $3,000 a year||MECEP/MCEP student, enrolled in DEERS|
|MG James Ursano Scholarship||Army||Up to $2,900 a year||Child of Army soldier enrolled in first undergraduate program, unmarried for duration of scholarship|
|Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarship for Children||Any||Average of $1,500||Child of active duty personnel, Reserve/Guard or retired service members working toward first undergraduate degree|
|Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship||Any||Up to $5,000 a year||Spouse or child of service member killed in action|
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Armed Forces Scholarships for Dependents
No matter the branch of the military your spouse or parent serves in, there are plenty of scholarships available for you to take advantage of. Here we've looked at five, both by military branch and qualification requirements, so any military dependent should be able to find what they're looking for.
General Henry H. Arnold Grant
For the spouse or child of a member of the Air Force, the General Henry H. Arnold Grant is available to assist in acquiring a college education. The grant will pay up to $4,000 a year to a child of an active duty, retired, retired Reserve, or deceased Air Force member, or a spouse of an active duty or deceased of the same. The grants are for undergraduate study, and the amount awarded is based on financial need. Each grant is also unique: they each carry the name of a different individual or organization that exemplifies service toward the Air Force.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Scholarship
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society seeks to ease the burden on a Navy/Marines family, and one of the things they offer is a scholarship for Navy/Marines dependents. The scholarship is for up to $3,000 a year, depending on financial need, for tuition, books, fees, room, and board. To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be a student of the Marines Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) or the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP), programs that provide training to become Marines Corps officers and medical professionals, respectively. Additionally, the student must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), a database of military sponsors, families, and others.
MG James Ursano Scholarship
For Army families, the MG James Ursano Scholarship is available to assist in access to a higher education. The Ursano scholarship is specifically for children of Army soldiers seeking their first undergraduate degree, and will pay up to $2,900 a year depending on the total number of applicants. Potential recipients must be under the age of 23 and, like the Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship, must be enrolled in DEERS to be considered for the award. Recipients must also agree to remain unmarried for the time they receive the scholarship.
Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarship for Children
For a scholarship for military children that doesn't require a specific branch of the military for eligibility, Armed Forces Crossroads offers their own opportunity. The Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarship for Children pays up to $1,500 for a child of an active duty, Reserve, or retired service member starting the road to their first undergraduate degree. The scholarships are provided through commissaries, military markets found on bases and installations, with one scholarship provided for each commissary. Students must write a short essay on what being a military family means to them, and must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average to be considered for the scholarship.
Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship
Losing a spouse or parent is a devastating loss no matter the circumstances. For military families, there are options available to give back to the families of those who have fallen serving their country, like the Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship. The scholarship is available to a spouse or child of a service member killed in action, and provides up to $5,000 a year for an undergraduate, technical, or trade program. Children must be under 24 years old and unmarried, while spouses must not re-marry using the former spouse's military service documents.