Today’s military children are resilient. As they grow older, the cost of college tuition can weigh heavily on military families. Luckily, there are scholarships designed just for military kids that can help offset college costs. Like all parents, service members often need help to pay the high cost of college tuition, so for my little military brat, I’ve done some research into finding what scholarships are available.

Where to Find Scholarships for Military Children


Commissaries awarded more than $12.5 million in scholarships to more than 8,012 military children in the past 15 years. The Scholarships for Military Children Program awards at least one $2000 scholarship at every commissary location that receives qualified applications. More than one scholarship per commissary may be available based on the response and funding. The scholarship provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other college-related expenses. Contact your local commissary for eligibility and more information.

Heroes Legacy Scholarship

The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship honors those who fell in battle and all who died or became disabled through their active military service since Sept. 11, 2001. applicants must be a child with one parent who died while serving on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, in any branch or component of the U. S. Armed Forces, OR Be a child with one parent who became disabled while serving on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 (which means the parent qualified to receive traumatic Service members Group Life Insurance) or be a child with one parent who was on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and received a permanent and total compensation rating of 100 percent from the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs

Air Force Aid Society

The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program gives need-based grants to children of active duty Air Force members, as well as some reservists and retirees.

Army Emergency Relief

The MG James Ursano Scholarship Fund offers scholarships for children of active-duty soldiers, retirees or those who died in service. These scholarships can be used for undergraduate studies or vocational training, or they can be used to help a student prepare to enter a military academy.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

The Vice Admiral E.P. Travers Scholarship And Loan Program provides financial aid to children and spouses of active duty and retired sailors and Marines. Find more ways to finance your child’s education on the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Assistance page.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship Fund

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship Fund was established in 1948 to provide educational assistance for children of military families

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. Founded in 1962 by Gen Martin F. Rockmore USMC (Ret.), the Scholarship Foundation has provided more than 35,000 scholarships valued at nearly $100,000,000 since that time. Particular attention is paid to children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who were killed or wounded in combat or have demonstrated financial need.

American Patriot Freedom Scholarship

This program offers military dependent children the opportunity to realize their academic goals by providing assistance for their post-secondary education.  

Scholarship awards are restricted for use to assist with tuition, fees, books, supplies, or room and board expenses. Payments are made directly to the educational institution upon verification of enrollment.

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

This Scholarship opportunity is awarded through the Veterans United Foundation (VUF). Applicants must be a surviving child of a fallen active duty service member or fallen Veteran of the United States Armed Forces and comfortable sharing their personal story and aspirations for the future with others on camera. Payments may be made directly to the school or reimbursed to the award recipient. Visit the website for more information and eligibility.

Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation 
This foundation provides College Scholarships to dependent children and spouses of Navy personnel from the US Navy’s Aviation community; Officer and Enlisted, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased. Service member sponsor must have served in Naval Aviation Commands.


Other resources for scholarships:

College Scholarship

US Veterans Magazine


As a reminder:

Avoid scholarship or financial aid scams. Anyone promising to guarantee you a scholarship for a fee is a scam. Legitimate scholarship databases are free. You shouldn’t pay more than a postage stamp since legitimate scholarship programs do not require an upfront fee. The U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission monitor and prosecute scholarship and financial aid fraud.

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1 Comment on Where to Find Scholarships for Military Children

  1. Great post! I see a lot of posts for younger military kids but very few for the big kids! Thanks for rounding up this info!

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