When young adults get a college degree it’s good for the whole country. That’s why there are options no matter who you are, including military dependents.
The 2011-12 academic year is nearing an end, but it’s never too early to begin thinking about next year. Here are a few scholarship opportunities that military families may want to consider:
The Fisher House Foundation Scholarship program is primarily funded through manufacturers and suppliers who sell their products at military commissaries around the world. Kellogg Sales Company, ConAgra Foods, Inc., and Del Monte Foods all contributed to scholarships in 2011. A minimum of $1,500 in scholarship funds is awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. To get more information or to apply download the scholarship fact sheet.
The Air Force Sergeants Association and the Airmen Memorial Foundation put together a scholarship program to help military undergraduates and dependents of the Total Air Force. They define the Total Air Force as “Air Force Active Duty (AFAD), Air National Guard (ANG) and Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) enlisted members in active duty, retired or veteran status.” Scholarships are usually valued between $500 and $3,000. Grant amounts and the total number of scholarships given out are dependent on the funds available for that year. To apply for this scholarship download the application form from their website. Beginning this application process will enter you into three scholarship opportunities as long as you meet the requirements for each.
This scholarship is for military spouses and military dependents 24 years old and younger. The maximum amount offered through this scholarship is $3,000 for one academic year. Recipients may apply multiple years. To register visit the ThanksUSA website.
The AER is a nonprofit that aims to provide financial assistance to soldiers and military dependents. This scholarship is primarily based on financial need so it requires that applicants also submit a FAFSA. Applicants must be under 23 and registered in DEERS. For more information on the criteria or how to apply before the April 2 deadline check out the fact sheet.
This organization’s emphasis has been on direct funding of new initiatives that will provide greater value to Air Force families. The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program provides $2,000 grants to sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members. The program offers scholarship opportunities to military spouses. For more information and to see if you qualify visit the AFAS website.
We’ve been proud to provide more than $50,000 through our scholarship program, which is funded by employee contributions. Prompts for the biannual essay contest are released in the spring and again in the fall. You can learn more at VA Mortgage Center.com’s Facebook page.
The list for where military dependents can get scholarship money doesn’t stop here. The best way to find out what other scholarship or grant opportunities are out there is to fill out the FAFSA and contact your branch of the Armed Forces.