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10 Top Scholarships for Veterans

Aug. 29, 2012
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Finding scholarships for veterans can be tougher than you think. However, a number of institutions offer financial awards to military veterans, and finding them is merely a matter of knowing where to look. We’ll get you started by listing several of our favorites. To the men and women who have served our country, we say thank you and good luck on your quest for scholarships.

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National scholarships

Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank Memorial Scholarship

The Heart of a Marine Foundation issues a scholarship to U.S. military veterans and active duty members. If currently attending school, applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from a school official. Verification of community service may be necessary for candidates without recent military service. This scholarship also requires a 500-word essay describing how the applicant exemplifies the Marine ideals of honor, loyalty, patriotism, respect and care for others.

AMVETS National Scholarship Program for Veterans

AMVETS grants a scholarship to military veterans who have exhausted government aid and still need funding to complete their education. The scholarship is open to both those pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. A total of $1,000 is awarded each year for up to four years. Several application materials are required, including a 50-100 word essay about higher education.

Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship

AMVETS offers a $3,000 award to military veterans, including past members of the National Guard and Reserves. The scholarship can be applied to part-time or full-time undergraduate courses, including online schools. Among the application materials, the award requires a resume, a letter of acceptance to an accredited program and a 50-100 word essay about how the award will help the candidate achieve his or her career goals.

NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship

The NBCC Foundation grants awards for prior or current active duty service members. Candidates must be enrolled in a CACREP-accredited masters degree counseling program with at least 18 completed credit hours and at least six hours during the current semester. Applicants must have been in the military in the past five years and have received an honorable discharge.

Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy Centennial Scholarship Program

The Society of Sponsor of the United States Navy offers $3,000 per academic year to Navy and Marine wounded veterans of Corps Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn Combat. The scholarship is open to full-time students pursuing a degree leading to licensure as a teacher. The minimum GPA for eligibility is 2.5.

Sarah A. Bonnifield Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Fund

Sarah Bonnifield provides funding for a $1,000 or more financial award to Vietnam veterans and spouses, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Vietnam veterans. Applicants must be working toward a degree at an accredited college or university and supply a 500-word essay describing the “Coming Home” experience of Vietnam veterans.

43d Infantry Division Veterans Association Scholarship

The 43d Infantry Division Veterans Association grants at least $1,000 annually to members of the association or their families. To be eligible, applicants must be a member in good standing of the 43rd Infantry Division Veterans Association. The annual application deadline is April 1.

Regional scholarships

Commanders Scholarship

The American Legion Department of Missouri gives $1,000 to veterans attending a college, university or technical school in the state of Missouri. To be considered, applicants must have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard for a minimum of 90 days and received an honorable discharge. Candidates must be a Missouri resident and full-time student.

Past Presidents Parley Nurse’s Scholarship

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio awards an annual scholarship to veterans and spouses and children of veterans. Veterans must have served during active war dates in World I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon/Granada, Panama or Desert Storm. Only Ohio residents will be considered; the scholarship must be used at a nursing school.

Veterans Tuition Awards

The New York Higher Education Services Corporation issues a scholarship up to the full cost of tuition to veterans who are New York residents enrolled part- or full-time in an undergraduate or graduate  institution or approved vocational program in New York. Students who win the award can apply for renewal each subsequent academic year.

More ways to pay

The scholarships on this list are all great ways to help pay for college. But be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid so you get other sources of financial aid, too. The FAFSA is the key to unlocking grants, work-study opportunities and even additional private scholarships. Learn more about the FAFSA.

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