Friday, August 03, 2012
Military Spouse and Family Scholarships; A Guest Post By Adrienne May
With school just around the corner, and the expenses already stacking up, I thought that you all would appreciate this helpful information! :)
Many don’t recognize the unique challenges that military spouses and children face when it comes to educational training. It is difficult for sometimes-single spouses to attend school while their husband or wife is deployed and they are left to raise children, take care of finances and complete home repairs, all while remaining sane!
In the same instance, it is also difficult for some military children to attend a post-secondary institution, due to frequent moves, busy schedules and the fact that some even help provide for the family or take care of siblings.
To help with education costs and make education a reality for military spouses and children, there have been quite a few charitable organizations step up and provide much needed programs for our military families.
Some of the most notable are:
AMVETS National Scholarship
AMVETS National Service Foundation awards scholarships to veterans, active military members, their children and grandchildren. Applicants must show strong academics and the need for financial assistance.
The scholarships provided by AMVETS include:
· Six $4,000 scholarships for high school seniors, dispersed over a four-year period. These scholarships are intended for four-year institutions and trade schools that lead to certification or degree.
· Three $4,000 will go specifically to veterans working toward a post-secondary education at a four-year institution or trade school that will lead to a certification or degree.
· A single $1,000 scholarship will be given to a JROTC high school senior entering any undergrad program.
For more information and application information, see AMVETS’ scholarship page here.
ThanksUSA Scholarship Program
ThanksUSA Scholarship Program is meant specifically for military spouses and dependents of service members that are 24 years old and younger. To help spouses even more, ThanksUSA has made this program eligible for spouses who attend school part-time with a minimum of six credit hours per semester.
ThanksUSA offers a maximum of $3,000 for a single year and can be used at any university, college or vocational school that leads to a degree or certification.
You will need to the following documents to prove your eligibility for this program:
· Evidence of active military duty
· Current complete transcript of grades
· A photo of the applicant
· If applicable, documentation of any injury sustained in the line of duty
Fisher House Scholarship
The Fisher House Foundation Scholarship is funded primarily though the manufacturers and suppliers whose products are found at military commissaries.
A minimum of $1,500 is awarded at every commissary location. And the program is open to sons and daughters of active duty, Reservists, National Guardsman and retired military members. Potential recipients must be enrolled in or planned to enroll full-time in a four-year college or university and must currently have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.
Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship
As it says directly on the American Legion Auxiliary page:
“It is important to acknowledge the sacrifices of our servicemembers who preserve our freedom, but that is not enough. The sacrifices of the children of those who served should also be honored. Providing funds to assist these children so they can pursue higher education is a concrete way of showing how much we, as a nation, care.”
The Children of Warriors Scholarship does acknowledge the sacrifices of military children and rewards them with three scholarships per geographic division, ranging from $2,500 to $3,500. Applicants must be used for undergraduate study at a four-year accredited college or university.
Approved uses include:
· Room and Board
See geographic divisions and more information here.
Veterans United Foundation Scholarship
The employee sponsored non-profit of Veterans United Home Loans, the Veterans United Foundation, sponsors a scholarship specifically for military members, veterans, their sons, daughters and grandchildren.
Veterans United has proudly provided over $50,000 worth of scholarships, funded solely by the employee contributions, and continues by providing ten $2,000 scholarships each year. Five scholarships are given out biannually, making it easier on those just retiring from service.
Funds from the scholarship are to be used for tuition, books, room and board or other fees that are a direct result of attending that school.
Eligible applicants must have a 2.0 GPA out of a 4.0 scale and be enrolled in a post-secondary institution or committed to going the following year.
Adrienne May is a military spouse and mother of three. Adrienne is also the featured author for Military Spouse Central and Military Family Central, two blogs proudly sponsored by Veterans United Home Loans. Connect with Adrienne personally on Google+ or Twitter!