The men and women in the military are known for being brave, selfless and calm under pressure. They face the most dangerous territories and people and all for the purpose of ensuring our country’s freedoms. The benefits that come with being in the Armed Forces are numerous but that doesn’t mean this hectic and difficult lifestyle doesn’t end up taking its toll on their dependents.
Children of military personnel have their fair share of hardships, especially when it comes to relocating constantly and trying to maintain lasting relationships with others. However, where college goals are concerned, there are plenty of financial aid opportunities available specifically to military dependents to help relieve the burden of trying to afford the costs of a degree program.
While military dependents should definitely reach out to their parents to find out what scholarships are immediately available to them, it also helps to expand the search by browsing the Internet.
Students that happen to be the children of active duty, retired or deceased soldiers, with plans on obtaining an undergraduate degree from a 4-year college or university may want to look into the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program, available through the Army Emergency Relief organization.
While the award amount varies, students who are chosen for the scholarship are eligible to apply each year, which could mean receiving some form of financial assistance for the duration of their 4-year college career.
Both military dependents as well as their spouses can be eligible to receive free money for school through the Folds of Honor Foundation scholarships. What makes this particular financial aid opportunity so great is that not only does the foundation award funds to those currently pursuing a college education, there is also an option to put the money away for a young child until they’re ready to head off to college.
However, it is important to note that there are specific eligibility requirements potential applicants must meet and provide sufficient documentation for.
It goes without saying that being a military dependent isn’t always easy but it can be even more challenging when a parent is lost in the line of duty. The Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Fallen awards $30,000 over the duration of four years to students that are the children of Marines or Navy Corpsmen serving with the Marines that have been killed in combat after September 11th, 2001.
The Navy League of the United States currently offers 25 special endowments to encourage military dependents to pursue a college degree by alleviating the financial burden that tends to come with affording a higher education.
There are several scholarship opportunities awarded by the Navy League Foundation that cover all four-years of a student’s college education. Those chosen will receive $2,500 each year. A few of the scholarships that fall under this category include but are not limited to: the Jack and Eileen Anderson Scholarship, the USS Mahan Scholarship and the Subic Bay/Cubi Point Scholarship.