Scholarships and Loans for Military Children


Keys to successfully getting a scholarship:

  1. Read all the eligibility requirements
  2. Collect all the required documentation
  3. Request letters of recommendation, especially from school counselors, way ahead of due dates
  4. Do all the required paperwork
  5. Deadlines are REALLY important!

The American Legion Scholarships—an excellent resource! Available free on-line in searchable format and in softcover for just a few dollars.

On-line, downloadable, and easy to search version of Need A Lift?— huge number of listings for educational opportunities, scholarships, grants, student loans, careers, and employment.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America have the National Youth of the Year Award. Check with your local BGCA to see if there are local moneys available.

Fleet Reserve Association Scholarships

Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association

Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program

Scholarships for Military Children Program

NMCRS Gold Star scholarships

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc.  (Navy and Marine Corps) (Army)  (Air Force)

ROTC scholarships are available at many colleges and universities  (Navy and Marine Corps) US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD  (Army) United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (Air Force) Air Force Academy, near Colorado Springs, Colorado  (Coast Guard) US Coast Guard Academy, near London, CT  (Merchant Marines) US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY

Military academies are highly competitive and generally require nominations from US Senators or Representative. In addition, there may be appointments to the service academy of their choice for otherwise qualified students who are the sons or daughters of Medal of Honor recipients, deceased or disabled veterans, or active or retired members of the US Armed Forces.


Commander William S. Stuhr Scholarship Fund

Send email to:


National Education Loan Fund from Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

National EducationLoan Fund Director

DAVA National Headquarters

3725 Alexandria Pk

Cold Spring, KY 41076

Surface Navy Association


Marine Corps Tankers Association, Inc.

MCTA Scholarship Chairman, 1112 Alpine

Heights Rd, Alpine, CA 91901-2814

Washington Scholarship Coalition


Alaska Sea Services Scholarship (focus on Alaska)

Alaska Sea Services Scholarship Fund

c/o U.S. Navy League Council 55-151

2300 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA  22201

Navy League Foundation

Vice Admiral E.P. Travers Loan Program

Fleet Training Center Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund

Navy Supply Corps Foundation Scholarship

Anchor Scholarship Foundation (formerly known as SURFLANT Scholarship Foundation

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Programs

Bowfin Foundation

Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship

Armed Forces Communications & Electronic Association Educational Foundation (AFCEA)

AMVETS National Scholarship Program

Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association

Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Commandant

Knights of Columbus Educational Fund

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship

Grand Army of the Republic Living Memorial Scholarships

Send SASE to:  

National Headquarters

Daughters of Union Veteran

503 S Walnut St

Springfield, IL 62704-1932

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Educational Assistance Program

The Naval Special Warfare Foundation

Aviation Boatswain Mates Association (ABMA) Scholarship

Kitsap Credit Union Educational Grants

Bezos Family Foundation: Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute

Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation


Commissaries offer scholarships, as do Boys and Girls Clubs.



There are many, many more scholarships offered through specific colleges, for specific declared majors, and for other special groups. Keep researching—there’s money out there!