Are there Scholarships for Veterans?

Returning from service duty is an emotionally challenging experience for a military veteran. Integrating back into civilian society is made easier when they formulate a concrete goal and set about a plan towards achieving it. Since many are also in pursuit of a civilian career, college is often the most logical place to start. Since higher education takes money, there are, fortunately, many scholarships available to and tailored towards veterans.

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1.”Sport Clips Help A Hero”

The Veterans of Foreign Affairs has teamed up with Sports Clips to offer two awards per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Each totals up to $5000. Several are awarded each semester.

2. American Veterans (AMVETS)

AMVETS offers three awards especially for those who have already utilized all resources available through the G.I. Bill. They gift three AMVET awards per year, each in the amount of $4000. They award two of the Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarships per year, each in the amount of $12,000. Each of these two awards are distributed in four parts, once per academic year. Finally, they award one annual Henry G. Huestis Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000.

3. Pat Tillman Foundation

The Pat Tillman Foundation gifts annual rewards to veterans who show a commitment to continuing their efforts to make a positive social impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education or the arts. The 2018 awards will be in the amount of about $10,000 and several are awarded each year. The Pat Tillman Foundation aims to not only provide veterans with financial assistance through scholarships, but also with opportunities to network.

4. Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association offers an annual War Veterans Scholarship for Iraq and Afghanistan Vets pursuing majors and careers in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). The number of recipients is yet unknown, but this year’s amount will be up to $2,500.

5. Troops to Teachers Program

The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support has created the Troops to Teachers Program. This program provides aid to veterans who wish to proudly serve again through a career in teaching grades kindergarten through 12. The Troops to Teachers scholarships vary in amount and availability based on individual teaching certifications and locations.

6. School-Based Scholarships

In addition to these national opportunities, many colleges and universities offer institutional scholarships specifically for their military veteran students. These scholarships are typically awarded in addition to outside scholarships, further reducing educational costs. Identifying schools that offer these and other special services for student veterans might be one way to decide which programs to apply to.

The majority of these scholarships have military and academic requirements for eligibility. It is important to review application criteria with plenty of time to take any necessary steps toward qualification. Some of the scholarships only cover tuition, while others may be used for additional education-related costs. Knowing what each can be applied towards is helpful for setting up a timeline of application goals. When researched carefully, deserving military veterans can find several forms of assistance for funding their education.