10 scholarship deadlines military families don’t want to miss


By Julie Provost

10 scholarship deadlines military families don't want to miss
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Although it is only January, military families with college plans are already thinking about the 2017-2018 school year… and how to pay for it. The good news? There are quite a few military spouse, child, and veteran scholarships that can help cover the cost.

Here are 10 scholarship deadlines that are coming up soon:

MOPH Scholarship Program

This program awards 80 scholarships to Purple Heart recipients and their spouses, children, and grandchildren each year. The funds can be used for tuition, books, incidental fees, room and board, and other direct costs associated with higher education. Applications are due January 27, 2017 at 5 pm EST.


This scholarship is for dependent children, age 24 and under, and spouses of U.S. military service personnel. They will be awarded $3,000 for educational expenses. Applications will be accepted between April 1 to May 15.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

This program is for interest-free loans and grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 per academic year for children of active duty, retired or deceased Sailors and Marines, spouses of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines and MECEP or MECP students. The funds are only for tuition, books, fees, room, and board and based on financial need. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

This program is need-based for dependent sons and daughters of Air Force members, spouses of active duty members or surviving spouses of Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status. The grants are between $500 to $4,000. The application is due March 10, 2017.

MG James Ursano Scholarship

The MG James Ursano Scholarship program is a need based program for the children of Army soldiers to help them gain their first undergraduate degree. The amounts vary each year. They accept applications from January 17,2017 until 3pm EDT on 1 April 2017.

Fisher House Scholarships for Military Children

This scholarship is primarily funded through manufacturers and suppliers whose products are sold at military commissaries. 700 scholarship grants for $2,000 each will be awarded to dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active military duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military. Applications are due on February 17, 2017.

Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship

This scholarship awards up to $5,000 to qualified applicants who are service members or veterans covering tuition and fees only and will be paid directly to accredited schools. The deadline for fall semester scholarship applications is April 30, 2017.


The AMVETS Scholarships are available to veterans, active duty, Guard/Reserves, and children/grandchildren of veterans, active duty, Guard/Reserves who are currently high school seniors. The scholarship of either $4,000, $3,000, or $1,000 can be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate courses, graduate courses, accredited degree or certificate programs or online educational programs. Applications will be taken starting January 18 with a deadline of April 30, 2017.

NMFA Scholarships

The National Military Family Association awards an average of $500 for career funding and $1,000 for degrees as well as offering other professional funding. They are available for those who are married to an active duty, reserve, guard, retired, medically retired, wounded or fallen service member since September 11, 2001. Applications are open from October 1 through January 15, 2017.

Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship is for dependent unmarried children under age 23 of military members who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. Applications are due March 17, 2017.

12 Replies to “10 scholarship deadlines military families don’t want to miss”

  1. Shannon Barbour says:

    Serious question: what about veterans who served their country faithfully for several years as reservists, including deployments, but were screwed out of 100% of their GI Bill benefits due to the bill passed by congress in 2012?? What programs are there to help these vets? My partner and I are now having to pay 100% out of pocket for his education after serving almost everything get years with the Marines. On his last deployment he even sat down with his commanders to figure out how much of his GI bill he would be eligible for at the end (the told him 80%) only to find out at the end of the deployment they were activated under that 2012 bill, so he got nothing – no GI bill accrual, no healthcare coverage for 6 months post deployment. If you have any information about programs to help, it would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Shannon- If I were your partner I would sit down with a VA education specialist at whatever school he is attending or a base education office (if he still has base access), because as long as he was activated under Titles 10, 32, or 32 section 504(f) his time should count as long as he was enrolled in the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33). 36 cumulative months=100%, 24 months=80%, down to 6 months=50%. I hope you are able to access the benefit that he put in time for!!

    2. My guess is he/she was activated under title 32 or falls into one of those weird title 10 deployments that aren’t considered “theatre”. I also suggest checking with the Veteran Benefits Offics just to be sure. I know the Army Reserves just passed legislation to include other types of activation orders. Hopefully the other branches will follow suit.

  2. So agree with you Shannon.

  3. How about those that were active duty serving 24 years, and retired 5 years ago. He transferred remaining benefits to (me) spouse and our children, while still serving, and double checked before his last days. There was no options to print paperwork, ( his mistake, not to screenshot) and save as a document. Only to find out VA switched to a new database within the last few years and conveniently no record of the transfer. My husband already has his degree and our kids needed that. DOD and VA answer…sorry, nothing we can do. We are not the only ones that this has happened to either. Word of advice: SAVE EVERYTHING!

    1. Consider contacting the discharge review board for your spouses branch for a records review. Sounds strange but they resolved a similar situation for my husband when he retired. At that time the rules for educational benefits changed without his knowledge while he was on terminal leave. It takes time but was worth the effort. He was joined by several recently retired service members who were caught in the same situation. So get everyone together & appeal as a group. There’s power in numbers. Good luck!

    2. Correction, it’s called the (insert branch of service) Board for the Correction of Military Records.

    3. My husband and I retired in 2004/2005. We each had the Post 9/11 GI Bill. When we retired the rule did not exist that you had to be on active duty to transfer GIBill benefits. Fast forward to when out kids graduate high school, we’re told we can’t transfer our benefit. Any advice or recommendations?

  4. Scholarship for non US resident or non US citizen to serve in the US army.

  5. Young Americans Overseas provides housing and travel abroad scholarships to veterans and students from military families.

  6. What about all of the VFW National and state scholarships and contests? Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, Patriotic Art to name a few…

  7. Katie Puterbaugh says:

    My husband and I were both active duty for 25 years. We both have the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I retired in 2004 and my husband in 2005. At that time the rule that you had to still be on active duty to transfer benefits DID NOT EXIST. Fast forward to the time our kids graduate high school and go to college, we were met with, you can’t transfer your GI BILL unless your on active duty. No help for those of us caught in this?

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