Scholarships for Military Families
Over 1.3 million Americans have served in the armed forces. Those Americans rightfully have a discount in their education. It doesn’t matter which branch of the armed forces was served, there are scholarships for all service members, veterans and family members.
There are certain programs that allow people or family members of those who served in the military free or discounted tuition.
To soldiers who have already served in the army, there is coverage for up to 100% of their tuition and fees. This includes tuition, lab fees, enrollment fees, special fees and computer fees. Note that this is not a loan. It’s a condition of serving the country and the money does not need to be paid back.
There are also opportunities for those who want to go into the army in the future but still want to earn their degree. The reserve officers’ training corps (ROTC) offer scholarships so that they can learn, then serve. This means that upon graduation, they will serve a term in the armed forces. For each branch of the military, there are scholarships for tuition and fees that are offered.
For example, in the Air Force ROTC, there are a variety of scholarship opportunities. Air Force ROTC scholarships will cover tuition, fees and up to 500 dollars of spending cash per month. Both full and partial scholarships are available. There are specialized scholarships that have added criteria, but for the basic scholarship there is a list of generalized criteria.
This includes being enrolled in the major that the scholarship is for. It’s mandatory to be enrolled in the ROTC prior to beginning the fall term. There is a summer field training course that lasts 24 days. This is usually in between the sophomore and junior year of college. Finally, if you want the scholarship you must commit and accept being an Air Force Officer and spending at least four years on active duty.
All branches of ROTC have different requirements. For example, there is a general service agreement of eight years in active duty upon graduation if you go through the Army ROTC. Another difference is, with the Army there is an option to serve on the Army Nation Guard of Reserve. Both involve serving the country, but there are different options and agreements for different branches.
In addition, there are scholarships for the family members of those who served in the armed forces. One organization is the Daughters of the Cincinnati. To obtain this scholarship you must be a daughter of a career officer in the U.S. military. There is a maximum scholarship amount of $20,000 and to achieve this there is an application process. To get it, you must write an essay, submit a school report, a letter of recommendation from your community, and submit a Student Aid Report.
Another family scholarship that goes to a child of a member of the military is The Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children. To obtain this scholarship you must be a dependent, unmarried child. There is an age limit of 21. The one exception to that requirement is if you are going to school full time. If it is documented that you are 23 or younger and a full-time student, there is an exception and the scholarship is still valid. This can go to children of active, retired or deceased military members.
To get this scholarship you must be enrolled in school full-time and working towards an undergraduate degree. Scholarship applicants must have at least a 3.0 out of 4.0 grade point average. This scholarship cannot go towards an associate degree. Overall, this scholarship will give out a maximum of $2,000 dollars to a child of a military member.
There are limitless scholarships out there that are designed to help military family members get through college. The government also offers scholarships if a parent was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan or Iraq.
It’s important to know your rights as a part of the military. Both families and members of the military who served are entitled to tuition assistance, so it’s important to seek that out.