The citizens of the United States of America owe a great deal of gratitude to active and retired members of the military.
They are truly the front-line defense charged with protecting the country’s freedoms and freedom throughout the world. One of the best and most appropriate ways to say “thank you” is to offer military personnel a wide range of military scholarships and military grants for the service members, their spouses and children.
These assistance programs are designed to help retired and discharged military people secure a future for their families and cover extraordinary expenses.
There are a wide range of scholarships available to military family members. These scholarships are offered by public organizations, the government, charitable organizations, private companies and private individuals.
There are also some significant military programs that offer scholarships to any qualified individuals. Here are a few of the most interesting scholarships available.
The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships
Available to spouses of service members of all branches of the military including the National Guard and retirees.
These scholarships can be used for vocational training, undergrad studies, post-grad studies and licensing programs.
AMVETS National Service Foundation Scholarships
Four scholarships available to children or grandchildren of veterans/active/deceased military. $1,000 per year for undergrad programs or vocational training.
The Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship
$5,000 available to veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan or Iraq after 9/11/2001. This scholarship must be used to pursue a four-year degree at an accredited college or university.
Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks
This is a special program that offers 50 of the nation’s top high school students the opportunity to meet with top military leaders including Gen. Tommy Franks.
The students will be exposed to military strategy and aspects of military decision making. In the end, these students will have a chance to win $20,000 in scholarships.
Marine Gunnery Sgt. John David Fry Scholarship
Sponsored by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. this is one of the most lucrative scholarships available.
These scholarships are available to the children of fallen Special Operations personnel in Afghanistan or Iraq since 9/11/2001.
Provides full tuition and books for 3 years up to $19,198.31 per year. It also includes a housing allowance.
When military personnel return from active duty, they often return with special needs for them or their family.
As a way to offer assistance, there are many federal grants available for these heroes.
Here is an example of key grants offered by the government:
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability for Veterans
Available for disabled veterans who had 90 days or more of military service, or less than 90 days if disabled due to service connected issues.
Veterans discharged on or after October 16, 1981 are required to have served 2 years or have a military service related disability. Payments are $11,830 unless offset by other forms of military compensation.
Other Military Related Scholarship Sources
There are several other types of scholarships that are related to military services such as:
ROTC Scholarships – These scholarships are offered to students willing to commit to 4-8 years of military service upon graduation. They offer full tuition and books along with participation in the university or college’s ROTC program.
Health Professions Scholarship Program – This scholarship offers full tuition and books plus a $20,000 bonus to students enrolled in accredited healthcare related graduate programs. Required Army service is one year for every year the scholarship is provided.
Commissary Scholarship – These scholarships are available for the children of military commissary workers. The award is $1,500 restricted to student pursuing a four-year degree.