Over a million Americans made one of the bravest and most honorable choices when they decided to serve their country. All these men and women are incredibly respected members of our society. They risk their lives for others, but not just that. All of them make sacrifices every day to be of service.
Every military member gives so much, but the majority often forgets that their families' sacrifices are remarkable. Sometimes, the family is separated, and even if they are together, they could constantly be moving, and all of that is stressful and hard, especially for the children. One of the ways to give back at least a bit to the families and all the sacrifices they are making is military scholarships that provide financial help to those in need. Many different scholarships are available, including scholarships for military children, military spouses, and the scholarship for grandchildren of veterans.
Scholarship Options for Children of Veterans
There are many scholarships available for children of veterans, and some of them are listed below.
The Army Scholarship Foundation provides one-year financial scholarships in value that start from $500 and goes up to $2000. The children of an active-duty member of the army may qualify for the scholarships. The recipients can apply for the renewal of the scholarship annually for four years in total.
The CGF Scholarship
There are many scholarships for military children, and the Coast Guard Foundation provides this one. The scholarship value starts at $1000 and goes up to $5000. The children of active-duty, retired and active reserve Coast Guard members are eligible to apply.
One of the scholarships for veterans, children, and children of active-duty or reserve Marine is provided by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. The MSCF has a long history, and in the past several decades, it has awarded over 35 000 scholarships.
The Wings Over America Scholarship
The Wings Over America Scholarship is available for U.S. Navy personnel (active duty, retired, deceased, or honorably discharged) children and spouses. The majority of scholarships are $4,600, and some of them can be renewed.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides many different scholarships, including additional funding for room and board, to full tuition. The scholarships are available for high-school students, college students, and enlisted soldiers.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Benefits
Thanks to G.I. Bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides various education benefits. It includes a scholarship for veterans, but not just that. GI Bill helps veterans’ family members get a certain amount of money to cover the costs of training or school.
Minnesota State War Orphans Education Program
The Minnesota G.I. Bill program offers help to veterans and their families by providing funding for education. It includes education grants for veterans, their children, and their spouses. The applicant must be a Minnesota resident enrolled at a Minnesota institution. An eligible applicant may receive up to $3000 per academic year.
American Legion Legacy Scholarship
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship offers college funding assistance to children of post 9/11 military veterans who have a combined VA disability of 50 % or higher or who died on active duty. Each scholarship provides up to $20.000 in aid. The recipients have the chance to apply again for additional awards annually, up to six times.
Scholarships for Military Spouses
There are scholarships designed for military spouses. Some may come with certain restrictions and limitations, but they are easy to apply in most cases. Below are some of the options.
The AMVETS National Scholarship
The AMVETS provides scholarships for veterans, scholarships for children of veterans, their grandchildren, and scholarships for military spouses. Applicants are eligible to apply even if the veteran is deceased. The amount the applicant may receive varies.
Hope For The Warriors Scholarships
Hope For The Warriors Scholarship program rewards the spouses of post 9/11 veterans. The rewards are available for caregivers as well. The program is designed to offer support and celebrate those who showed strength and love in times of need and provided help to 9/11 veterans. The spouse or caregiver is eligible if the veteran sustained an injury in combat and/or a total and permanent VA disability rating. Combat-related injuries are caused by armed conflict, an instrumentality of war, simulated war, and hazardous duty.
NMFA Military Spouse Scholarships
The NMFA Military Spouse scholarships range from $500 to $2500. On average, the applicants are awarded $1000. The scholarship program is for spouses of all post 9/11 uniformed service members in the Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Space Force, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Commissioned Corps.
Educational Scholarship Program
Paralyzed Veterans of America offers funds to spouses of members and their unmarried children through the Educational Scholarship program. The program features different scholarships that vary from $1000 to $2500. The amount of $1000 is awarded to part-time students, and amounts of $2500 are awarded to full-time students.
Scholarships for grandchildren of military veterans
Many scholarships are designed with grandchildren and grand-grandchildren of military veterans in mind. These scholarships are a reminder the heroes who fought decades ago have not been forgotten. Some of the scholarships are listed below.
The AMVETS National Scholarship
The AMVETS National Scholarship provides financial aid for educational purposes, not only to children and spouses of veterans. The scholarships are available for grandchildren as well. The scholarships provided by AMVESTS are awarded based on several factors, including merit, academic promise, and financial need. The applicants may attend an online school, meaning they are not limited to a traditional one.
The Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship
The children of Warriors is providing funds to assist sons and daughters, granddaughters and grandsons, and great-grandkids of veterans who served in the Armed Forces to pursue higher education. Veterans' membership eligibility dates in American Legion are April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918, and the period after December 7. 1941. The program provides scholarships for grandchildren of WWII veterans.
Navy League of the United States provides scholarship funding for sea service descendants. The foundation offers support through scholarships available to high school seniors. The scholarships are also available to children and grandchildren of veterans, members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and those who are on active sea service duty. There are many different NFL Scholarships, and the amounts the applicants may receive vary from $1,000 to $10,000.
There are various military scholarship options. There are those designed for military veterans to help them back on track after the service and pursue their goals. There are the ones created with veterans’ family members in mind.
Children, spouses, grandchildren, and grand-grandchildren have many options. Scholarships are designed to provide financial aid to those who want to pursue higher education. Most of the scholarships are easy to apply for, and applicants can complete all the steps online by filling up the forms and providing the necessary documents.
The amount of each scholarship is different. It all varies and depends on many factors. But, all these scholarships have one thing in common – paying back not only to those who selflessly chose to serve the country but to their families as well. Family members sacrifice a lot, and they provide constant love and support to their loved ones.