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Scholarships for Service: 40 Options for Military Members and Veterans

Discover a wealth of scholarship opportunities tailored specifically for military members and veterans in this comprehensive guide. From exclusive programs to essential application tips, this resource is your key to unlocking the funding you need for your academic journey. Explore, apply, and embark on your path to educational success today.

Author: Michael Hoffman
Editor: STEPS Staff

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A college education is an expensive proposition no matter who you are. Fortunately, there is a wide range of financial aid resources available to help. If you’re currently serving in the military or a military veteran, there are a lot of great funding opportunities exclusively for you. You’re probably already aware of the education support available through the GI Bill, but what you might not know is that additional funding resources are available in the form of scholarships created specifically for military members and vets. You just have to find them.

That’s where this guide comes in. It introduces you to 40 of the best scholarships available for current and veteran military students, including those interested in pursuing education and careers in public service. It also includes valuable tips for winning the scholarships you’re after as well as links to a number of military and veteran-related resources designed to help you throughout your college experience and beyond. Keep reading to explore the wealth of scholarship opportunities and resources you can access to help turn your college dreams into a reality.

40 Military Scholarships You Can Apply for Now

This section profiles 40 scholarship opportunities for current military and veteran students. Check the requirements for each carefully, and don’t hesitate to apply if they meet your unique academic and career needs. Consider this list as a starting point in your scholarship search because there are more to be found. While this list also includes the most recent information for each scholarship, details like award amounts, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines often change, so be sure to check the scholarship websites themselves for any updates. Good luck!

General Scholarships & Grants for Active Military Members

Airman Scholarship & Commissioning Program (U.S. Air Force and Space Force)

  • Amount: Up to $18,000 per year
  • Eligibility/Description: The Airman Scholarship & Commissioning Program (ASCP) offers active Airmen and Guardians the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degrees in any number of academic fields on their way to earning their commission as an Air Force or Space Force Officer. Participants temporarily separate from active duty and join the ROTC while they pursue their degrees full-time at a participating college or university. This award can go toward tuition and scholarship fees and includes a textbook allowance and monthly stipend.
  • Deadline: September 1, 2025 (NET); October 15, 2025 (NLT) for waivers and application

CCME Joe King Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Open to uniformed active service members, including those in the Guard and Reserves, currently working for a first-time associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree at a Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) member institution. Five awards are made annually.
  • Deadline: October 2024

Green to Gold Active-Duty Option (U.S. Army)

  • Amount: Varies
  • Eligibility/Description: The Green to Gold Active-Duty Option (ADO) offers active Army enlisted Soldiers support to complete their first baccalaureate degree or graduate degree as part of the process of earning their commission as an Army officer. Eligibility requirements for this two-year program are extensive, so review them along with other program details thoroughly in the ADO program handbook.
  • Deadline: Applications are accepted at any time.

Green to Gold Scholarship (U.S. Army)

  • Amount: Full tuition or room and board plus textbook payment and $420 monthly stipend
  • Eligibility/Description: This is a companion program to the Green to Gold ADO. The Green to Gold Scholarship is available to active Army enlisted soldiers who leave active service to pursue their first bachelor’s or first graduate degrees. Upon graduation, the participant receives their Army officer commission. Details about the program can be found in the program’s handbook.
  • Deadline: April 2025

Oracle Women in Leadership Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Eligibility/Description: Available to women who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces and currently enrolled in a STEM major related to the mission of the AFCEA at a community college or four-year college or university. Applicants must be in good academic standing and possess a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.8.
  • Deadline: May 2025

Scholarships for Outstanding Airmen and Guardians to ROTC (U.S. Air Force and Space Force)

  • Amount: Up to $18,000 per year
  • Eligibility/Description: The SOAR program awards scholarships that cover tuition and scholarship fees and include a textbook allowance and monthly stipend to active-duty Airmen and Guardians to allow them to earn a two-year or four-year degree in any number of majors at a college or university offering AFROTC. Participants separate temporarily from active duty and join the ROTC during their degree studies and then return to active duty upon graduation. This program is similar to the Air Force and Space Force ASCP program, except participants do not earn a commission as an officer.
  • Deadline: September 1, 2025 (NET); October 15, 2025 (NLT) for waivers

U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

  • Amount: Full tuition for up to four years plus a $2,700 monthly stipend
  • Eligibility/Description: This comprehensive award is available to U.S. citizens on active duty as commissioned officers with the U.S. Army and accepted to or enrolled in a full-time graduate, doctoral, or medical degree program in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
  • Deadline: Applications are accepted anytime.

Scholarships for Military Veterans

CCME Veteran Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Five annual awards are provided to prior uniformed service members. All branches are eligible, including Guard and Reserves. Applicants must be currently enrolled at a Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) member institution and working in programs leading to a first-time associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree.
  • Deadline: October 2024

Comcast NBCUniversal-SVA Scholarship

  • Amount: $12,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Two scholarships are awarded annually to military veterans pursuing bachelor’s or graduate degrees at two-year or four-year postsecondary institutions in the U.S. All majors are welcome, but applicants must have an interest in a career in the entertainment industry. A GPA of 3.0 is required. Application submittals include a short essay.
  • Deadline: April 2025

Drummond Law Firm Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This scholarship is open to U.S. military veterans currently enrolled in post-high school or graduate school programs. Required application submittals include a letter of recommendation and a minimum 500-word essay on “why you want to or have served our country or how our service members who serve our country affect your daily living.”
  • Deadline: August 15 (annually)

Hill & Ponton Veterans Helping Veterans Scholarships

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Four awards are given annually (two in the spring, two in the fall) to former U.S. military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, Coast Guard) pursuing postsecondary educations and careers that will help fellow veterans.
  • Deadline: May 1 and November 1 (annually)

Marines’ Memorial Tribute Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500 to $5,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This award provides funding support to former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have left full-time military service within the past three years to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees. It requires active membership in the Marines’ Memorial Association.
  • Deadline: March 2025

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Scholarship Program

  • Amount: $2,500 (full-time students); $1,000 (part-time students)
  • Eligibility/Description: The PVA scholarship is open to PVA members, their spouses, and unmarried dependent children who are enrolled full-time or part-time at accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Recipients are selected based on the use of a supplied application scoring rubric.
  • Deadline: May 15, 2025

Professional Contract Services, Inc (PCSI) Scholarship for Disabled Veterans

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This scholarship is sponsored by PCSI and administered through the Army Women’s Foundation. Two awards are made annually to deserving women veterans of the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard with at least a 50% disability as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Applicants must additionally meet all award requirements of the AWF Legacy Scholarship Program.
  • Deadline: January 21, 2025

Purple Heart Scholarship Program

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This competitive award is open to Purple Heart recipients who are Military Order of the Purple Heart members as well as to the spouses and lineal descendants of Purple Heart recipients, alive or deceased. Applicants must be current or upcoming high school graduates and accepted to or enrolled in full-time accredited U.S. colleges, universities, or trade schools.
  • Deadline: June 1, 2025

Richard & Susan Braun Family Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Two awards are made annually to applicants who have served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a non-profit college or university in the U.S. Sponsored by the Marines’ Memorial Association & Foundation.
  • Deadline: March 2025

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

  • Amount: TBD
  • Eligibility/Description: Available to veterans with 100% service-connected disability who are pursuing associate, bachelor’s, graduate, and post-graduate or doctoral degrees. Additional requirements include a typed essay, information on individual achievements and activities, and demonstrated financial need.
  • Deadline: March 31, 2025

Scholarships for Military Veterans

AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Eligibility/Description: This undergraduate award is open to current military members and honorably discharged veterans enrolled full-time or part-time as sophomores or juniors in an undergraduate degree program in a STEM-related major, including cybersecurity. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Deadline: November 30, 2024

Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Scholarship Program

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in accredited bachelor’s or advanced nursing or nurse anesthesia programs or graduate degree programs in a related healthcare field (including public health) in furtherance of a nursing career. Applicants must have served or currently be serving in any branch of the U.S. Army, including the Army National Guard and Reserve.
  • Deadline: March 31, 2025

John Edelman Scholars Scholarship

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Two scholarships are awarded annually to current military and veteran full-time students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in the mental health counseling field. Acceptable majors include psychology, psychiatry, social work, and behavioral health.
  • Deadline: March 15, 2025

KnowBe4 Careers Military, Veterans, and Spouses in Cybersecurity

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This annual award is open to all U.S. military members and veterans, including Reserve and Guard members, and to spouses who are currently pursuing degrees in cybersecurity.
  • Deadline: August 28, 2024

M.M. Costello Scholarship

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Sponsored by the Army Women’s Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to a woman (or lineal descendant of a woman) who has served or is currently serving in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard and pursuing a degree in healthcare. Public healthcare degrees are included.
  • Deadline: January 21, 2025

NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship (Master’s)

  • Amount: Up to $8,000
  • Eligibility/Description: The MBCC scholarship is available to active duty and veteran members of the U.S. military and their spouses who are pursuing degrees full-time in a CACREP-accredited master’s program in counseling. Applicants must be willing to serve military personnel for a minimum period of two years starting within one year after graduation.
  • Deadline: December 31, 2024

Phi Theta Kappa Community College Scholarships for Veterans

  • Amount: Varies by specific scholarship
  • Eligibility/Description: The Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society offers a dozen-and-a-half scholarships to current military members and veterans pursuing associate degrees at community colleges. Included are scholarships for students majoring in public service fields like criminal justice, emergency management, and public safety.
  • Deadline: June 15, 2024 and December 3, 2024

Women’s Overseas Service League Scholarships

  • Amount: $500 to $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: These scholarships are designed to provide financial assistance to women who have served in or with the U.S. Armed Forces in an overseas location. Applicants must be committed to advancement in military or other public service careers and have completed 12 semesters or 18 quarter hours of study in an institution of higher learning with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Deadline: March 1, 2025

Scholarships for Military Veterans

AMVETS Veteran, Active Duty & Guard/Reserve Scholarship

  • Amount: $4,000 per year renewable for up to three years
  • Eligibility/Description: This AMVETS-sponsored scholarship is available to current serving members and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces (including National Guard and Reserves) enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university. Demonstrated financial need is required.
  • Deadline: April 30, 2025

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program

  • Amount: $1,000 (certificate and associate degree programs); $2,500 (bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs)
  • Eligibility/Description: This scholarship is open to women and lineal descendants of women who are serving or have served in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Other requirements include a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 (certificate and community college applicants) or 3.0 (bachelor’s and graduate degree applicants), two letters of recommendation, and a short essay.
  • Deadline: January 21, 2025

Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: $12,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This AMVETS sponsored award is open to active military and veterans, including Guard and Reserve members. Applicant must possess a high school diploma, be enrolled in an eligible education program, and demonstrate financial need. Two awards are made annually.
  • Deadline: April 30, 2025

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Education Foundation Scholarships

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Eligibility/Description: The Fleet Reserve Association sponsors several scholarships available to active duty members and veterans of the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard and their spouses, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. FRA membership is required for some awards. Additional requirements vary by specific scholarship.
  • Deadline: April 15, 2025

Google SVA Scholarship

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Through its partnership with the Students Veterans of America, Google offers eight awards annually to current active duty and veteran students pursuing degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or closely related technical disciplines. Application submittals include two letters of recommendation and 500-word essays on three given topics.
  • Deadline: April 2025

Graydon and Myrth Fox Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000 to $5,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This scholarship is open to currently serving and veteran military members (and their spouses, children, and grandchildren) who were wounded due to a service-related circumstance. Proof of Purple Heart is required as is demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to those wounded in a combat situation and to veterans who are first responders.
  • Deadline: May 2025

Imagine America Foundation Grants for Military

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This grant is designed for students interested in seeking training through a program at a career or vocational college or trade school in preparation for the transition to civilian life. Applicants must be active duty military or reservists or honorably discharged or retired veterans. Demonstrated financial need is required.
  • Deadline: December 31, 2024

Leave No Veteran Behind Retroactive Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Eligibility/Description: This unique program provides funding to active duty and veteran service members following completion of some form of higher education to mitigate their education-related debt not covered under other funding resources, including the GI Bill. The award is competitive and requires proof of honorable military service and demonstrated financial hardship. The awardee must commit to performing 100 to 400 hours of community service.
  • Deadline: Contact sponsor

National Veteran Achievement Program

  • Amount: $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, this essay contest is available to active service members and veterans currently enrolled in or planning to attend a graduate degree program. Applicants must submit a 400 to 500-word essay on a given topic. It’s open to anyone regardless of religion, race, culture, or creed.
  • Deadline: June 1, 2025

NAVPA Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Sponsored by the National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators, this award is available to active military members and veterans (and their dependents) who are pursuing a degree at any of the dozens of NAVPA member institutions throughout the U.S. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Eight awards (one for each NAVPA region) are made annually.
  • Deadline: July 15, 2025

Navy Seal Foundation Scholarships

  • Amount: Varies
  • Eligibility/Description: Scholarships are available to U.S. Navy SEAL and SWCC active duty members and veterans and their spouses and dependents. Funds can be used for associate, bachelor’s, and graduate degree programs as well as for certificate and licensure programs. Application requirements include a 500-word essay.
  • Deadline: February 15, 2025 and June 28, 2025

NorthAmerican.com Military Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility/Description: Sponsored by North American Van Lines, this award is open to current military and honorably discharged veterans and their dependents who are enrolled full-time in a U.S. college or university and pursuing a degree in logistics or a related field. Application requirements include a 400 to 800-word essay.
  • Deadline: December 15, 2024

Pat Tillman Foundation Scholars

  • Amount: Varies ($10,000 average)
  • Eligibility/Description: This award is open to veteran and active duty military service members in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard. Current and surviving spouses are also eligible. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree programs.
  • Deadline: February 1, 2025

Van Hipp Heroes Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000 (renewable annually up to $4,000)
  • Eligibility/Description: This scholarship is available to current and former members of the National Guard wounded in an operational or training mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. Applicants must be enrolled in programs at a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. community college, college, or university.
  • Deadline: July 1, 2025

VFW “Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship”

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility/Description: This award provides financial assistance to retired, honorably discharged, and active-duty military members and to members of the National Guard and Reserve who are accepted to or enrolled in programs at accredited post-secondary institutions. Applicants must be separated or currently hold a military rank of E-5 or below and demonstrate financial need.
  • Deadline: April 30 and November 15 (annually)

Increase Your Chances of Earning a Scholarship

Finding the scholarships you’re interested in is just the first step. Now you have to go out and win them. Below are seven valuable application tips to help you stand out – and above – in your scholarship competition.

Do Your Research

Each scholarship is unique in terms of its purpose, requirements, and target student population (including military service members). You’re unique, too, so your task is to seek out those scholarships whose purposes, requirements, etc. that best match who you are. That will take some time, but it’s to your benefit to put in that effort up front to make sure you don’t waste more time later by applying to scholarships that aren’t right for you.

Follow Instructions Exactly

There are two things you can do to guarantee that your application submittal will be tossed out immediately by a scholarship selection committee. You’ll have to read further down this list to find out what the second one is, but the first is not following all application instructions and meeting all submittal requirements exactly. So, be sure you understand all the fine print of a scholarship application and meet all instructions and requirements precisely as they are given before making your submittal.

Showcase What Makes You Unique

Ultimately, selection committees award scholarships to candidates who distinguish themselves from all other qualifying candidates. So how do you distinguish yourself? Showcase what makes you unique. You’ll do that for the most part through your statement of purpose or personal essay. The key here is to not be shy in touting your accomplishments (e.g., awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, etc.) career goals, and passion for your chosen academic discipline. That most certainly includes anything that has to do with your military service. It’s what the committees want to know, so make sure you tell them.

Source Strong Letters of Recommendation

You’re not the only one who can tell a selection committee why you deserve a scholarship award. Others who know you well can also tell them through letters of recommendation. Your task is to seek out letter writers with a solid reputation who not only know you well but will speak highly of you. It’s perfectly okay – critical, in fact – that you discuss the content you want with your letter writers. Make sure they have clear and detailed knowledge of your talent, accomplishments, and passion for your field of study and are willing and able to communicate all of it in their letters. Also, be sure that your recommenders do not miss the submittal deadline.

Edit Your Application

This is a very important piece of advice: Never submit the first draft of your application or any of its accompanying materials. Rewriting and editing are essential to a quality scholarship application as much as they are to the work of professional writers. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. Seek out the help of a writer friend, English teacher or major, or anyone else you can find who can read over your application materials and make quality recommendations for improving their content. A general rule of thumb is to spend at least as much time on the editing process of your application as you do on its writing.

Submit it On Time

As mentioned above, there are two things you can do to guarantee your scholarship application gets tossed by a selection committee. The first is not following instructions exactly (see above), and the second is missing a deadline. Failure to submit your scholarship application or any requested supporting materials by the stated deadline usually terminates any chance you have of winning that scholarship. So, don’t do it. It’s that simple.

Say Thank You and Follow Up

Once you’ve submitted your scholarship application, wait 7 to 10 days and send a follow-up email to the scholarship sponsor. This follow-up confirms that your application was received, nothing more. That means to not ask about your chances of winning the scholarship, whether they’ve made their award selection, or anything else. That would be annoying, and the last thing you want to do is annoy the scholarship selection committee. Once they make the award, it’s a good idea to again follow up with a brief note thanking them for the award if you won it or for considering you if you didn’t. You can do this with an email, but it’s better to send a handwritten letter. Be sure to send thank you notes to your letter of recommendation writers as well.

Additional Resources for Military Members & Veterans

Scholarships aren’t the only benefits for current military and veteran students heading back to school to earn a college degree or certificate. There are lots of other resources aimed at supporting vets and those in the military throughout their postsecondary education and beyond. Here are several of the best that you can access online today.

  • American Legion Veterans Education Center
    The American Legion offers loads of great news, information, and tools focused on helping veterans get the education they need to succeed in their careers and life after military service. Included is a Veterans Education Benefits by State listing with links to state-sponsored education benefits and this excellent search engine of VA-Approved Colleges for Military and Veterans.
  • Department of Defense Career Ready Portal
    This site provides descriptions and links to additional Department of Defense resources for active duty service members and veterans preparing for careers in civilian life. Included are links to education-related resources like tuition assistance, certifications and licenses aligned with civilian occupations, job training opportunities, and more.
  • Paying for Your Education
    This federal government resource offers tons of valuable information and tips for getting the most out of your service-related education benefits and services for the transition from military to civilian life. You’ll also find links to practically all the resources discussed in this guide.
  • SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society
    This site is for the academic honor society of current military and veteran students attending two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. Chapters are active on almost 300 college and university campuses throughout the U.S. Individual memberships are available to active duty military and honorably discharged veterans with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Service to School (S2S)
    S2S is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to empower military service members and veterans to make informed decisions about their education and help them gain admission into the colleges and programs they want by providing free college and graduate school application counseling.
  • Student Veterans of America (SVA)
    The SVA is a nonprofit with over 1,600 on-campus chapters throughout the U.S. and overseas dedicated to “empowering student veterans to lead and live their best lives.” Visitors can access a wide range of resources. Included is SVA’s Advising Center which offers personalized career and academic coaching, tools, and other support services to current service members, veterans, and their families.
  • Support & Solutions for Children of Military Personnel
    Military families face many unique challenges when it comes to the education of their children. This STEPs guide identifies and offers solutions to several of the most common of those challenges and provides links to resources designed to support the success of military children and their families.
  • VA Benefits Administration Education and Training
    Another great government website, this one from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, with information and access to a variety of education-focused resources for active military and veterans. Included is a GI Bill Comparison Tool that allows users to search for and compare postsecondary education providers and the GI benefits they provide.
  • VA College Toolkit: Information for Veterans
    This VA clearinghouse site offers links to both campus-based and external resources designed to support the success of veterans and current service members in their college education, particularly related to their mental health and emotional well-being.
  • Veterans Guide to the Troops to Teachers Program
    Another great STEPs guide, this one offers a detailed look at the Troops to Teachers program that provides support to military members and veterans in making the transition from their military careers to teaching careers in civilian life.
  • Veterans Upward Bound
    Veterans Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education program providing information and tools designed to support veterans in developing academic and other skills needed to get accepted into and succeed in postsecondary education programs. Services include counseling, tutoring, mentoring, and academic instruction in core subjects.
  • Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP)
    The WSP is a nonprofit organization that “equips service members and veterans for success in higher education” through academic workshops, career boot camps, and other events and activities. College preparatory boot camps are one and two weeks long and offered in the disciplines of STEM, business and entrepreneurship, and the humanities.