Scholarship sources for military dependents


Scholarship sources for military dependents

by: Kim Suchek | .
published: January 11, 2013

Hello Military Community,

For those of you with seniors graduating this year I am sure you are already dreading the Big “C” word – College! The thought of tuition, books, materials, gas, parking, food – the list is never ending; for some the added stress of college out of state or even country. My daughter is currently in 11th grade and already talking to me about college and how it would be better if I purchased her car now, ”just to make life easier.” Cute, right?

I am a firm believer in “the early bird catches the worm” and it is a fitting comment for getting those applications in early and applying for grants and scholarships. Back in November I listed some government sites and scholarships for military families to facilitate but today I will be discussing non-profits and other organizations offering financial assistance for students.

American Patriot Freedom Scholarship:  This annual Homefront America scholarship program is accepting applications from qualified military dependent children through April 24.

Americal Division Veterans Association: For details, visit

Anchor Scholarship Foundation:  For dependents of active duty or retired military who served in commands under Commanders, Naval Surface Forces, US Atlantic or Pacific Fleets for a minimum of six years. Call 843-757-2806.

Army Aviation Association of America: AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit rendering college-level financial assistance to AAAA members and the spouses and unmarried siblings, children and grandchildren of current and deceased.

Army Nurse Corps Association: ANCA awards scholarships to U.S. students attending accredited baccalaureate or graduate nursing or anesthesia nursing programs. It is in honor of Cpt. Joshua M. McClimans, AN, USAR, who was killed in a mortar attack in April 2011 in Afghanistan.
Army Reserve Association: Scholarships for dependents of service members.

Association of Naval Aviation: This scholarship is provided by The Philip H. Jones Family and the Association of Naval Aviation to honor the service and sacrifice of LCDR Philip H. Jones, USN (RET), who started his naval aviation career as pilot during World War II. It is for the sons and daughters of naval aviators and Navy, Marine and Coast Guard airmen who died while on active duty serving.

Boys State Endowment Fund: This American Legion scholarship called The Voice of Democracy, offers a maximum award of $6,000. They also have the The Patriot Pen award offering $1,000. Both competitive scholarships are a great way for kids and improve their skills in writing. Each year The American Legion will have a different theme. The theme for the 2011/2012 was “The Voice of Democracy” and “Is There Pride in Serving in our Military?” Please review the website for rules and regulations.

Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund: This fund provides college grants and financial assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It also assists disabled service member families.

Children of Warriors Scholarship:  This is to help children of our fallen warriors pursue higher education. It is provided by the American Legion Auxiliary and awards scholarships to 15 students annually who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities. Grants range from $1,500 to $2,500 for tuition, books, fees, and room and board.

CYFERnet: This is a children, youth, and families education and research network and the site looks really cool.
Sgt. Dakota Meyer Scholarship: This scholarship is in partnership with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for children of wounded Marines and Navy corpsmen.

82nd Airborne Division Association:  Offers a scholarship to former troopers (within 2 years their ETS date) and their dependent children studying  at least 12 semester hours per semester toward a baccalaureate degree. Visit or email
FisherHouse Foundation: Scholarships and other useful resources for military children.

Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program: $2,000 grants to selected dependents of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses (stateside) of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies.

Best of luck with those applications; a friend of mine says they can be a pain but definitely worth the trouble!

Blessings from my family to yours,
Kim Suchek

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at and visit my website for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.