As a military veteran, the choice to pursue a higher education may come out of desire or even necessity. Even with or after exhausting GI Bill benefits, a veteran may still have the want or need to further their career goals. Luckily, there are plenty of scholarships for veterans to help them pursue educational goals.
List of scholarships for veterans
Google SVA Scholarship
In a partnership with Student Veterans of America, internet giant Google has committed to enabling military veterans the chance to become future leaders in computing and technology by providing a scholarship in the amount of $10,000 for veterans pursuing a degree in computer science or computer engineering, or any technical field that is closely related.
Award amount: $10,000
- Be currently enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student
- Be a current student veteran (or student on Active Duty) with a DD-214
- Received an honorable discharge
- Two letters of reference from a professor or supervisor
- Respond to three essay questions
Recipients of this veterans scholarship will be selected “based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.”
The deadline to apply for this scholarship closes on November 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. The application can be compeleted on the Student Veterans of America website here.
Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Scholarship
CCME offers a variety of scholarships that are worth applying for. The Joe King Scholarship is offered to active duty service members (reserves and guard included) who are currently enrolled at a regional or nationally accredited institution.
The CCME Loretta Cornett-Huff Scholarship is a scholarship offered to spouses of uniformed service members (active or veteran).
CCME also offeres a scholarship specifically for veterans of any branch, active or reserve.
Award amount: $1,000
- Be currently enrolled in an educational program that is also a member institution of CCME
- First time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
- Minimum of 12 or more credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Two recommendation letters, one must be from a faculty member or academic advisor
- Respond to the essay question: “What challenge resulting from change have you transformed into opportunity?”
Applicants for these scholarships will be selected based on written content and writing skills. Hurry though! The deadline to apply for these scholarships is November 1, 2017.
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship
Offering support to the children of fallen service members after September 11, 2001, The American Legion also provides the Legacy Scholarship to children of veterans with a VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher. The award amount for this particular scholarship depends on donations received each year and also from income “derived from interest on the trust.”
Award amount: Varies, up to $20,000
- Be a child (biological or legally adopted) of a fallen service member or veteran with a disability rating of 50% or higher
- Form DD1300 (Military Death Certificate) needed, or DD-214 for children of veterans with a disability rating
- FAFSA summar which shows Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- High school senior or graduate that is currently accepted or attending an accredited institution in the U.S.
While the application process is currently closed for the 2018-2019 school year, it will be open again next year, so it’s a good one to keep in mind when the application process opens up again next year. You can check it out on the American Legion website here.
If you’re looking for veteran centers that may provide help and scholarship opportunities, the Veterans Center Locator may find services near you.
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Scholarship
This scholarship for veterans is offered to those who have been honorably discharged from service in any component of the US Army, and also their spouse or children. Veteran students who are currently enrolled in a nursing or nurse anesthesia program (graduate or undergraduate) are eligible to receive this scholarship.
Award amount: $3,000
- Be currently enrolled in an accredited nursing or nurse anesthesia program
- Have served in any branch or component of the US Army
- Not currently receiving funds from the GI Bill
- Have an Honorable Discharge
You can contact ANCA here for information on the application process for this particular scholarship.
Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship Program (MOPH)
The MOPH scholarship for veterans program awards around 80 scholarships to recipients of the Purple Heart every year, along with their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Additionally, out of all applicants for this scholarship, one will be selected to receive the Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy Memorial Award, in addition to the standard MOPH scholarship.
Award amount: $2,500
- Be a Purple Heart recipient who is also a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart
- Be the spouse or child of a Purple Heart recipient
- Be accepted or enrolled as a full time undergraduate student at an accredited university, college, or trade school
- Demonstrate advanced academic achievement or technical proficiency by maintaining at a GPA of at least 2.75
You can learn more about the MOPH Scholarship here.
There are many scholarships for veterans that come and go every year. Keep this page bookmarked and check back for updates. If you know of any nationally available scholarships for veterans, let us know in the comments and feel free to share this!