Army veterans who want to go to college can qualify for a number of scholarship programs. National programs are available to qualified veterans from all over the country.
Veterans who want to attend a post-secondary institution should make a point of investigating various sources of funding available to them. Unlike a student loan, a scholarship does not need to be paid back. A person who has been honorably discharged from the Service can receive a gift of funding to help him or her pay for school.
Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship provides $5,000 in funding to Army veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The recipient’s period of service must have commenced on September 11, 2001 or later.
The money is awarded to veterans who will be studying in a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university. Applicants must have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 to qualify for this scholarship. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need to be considered.
Pat Tillman Scholarship
Veterans and active duty military personnel who served before and after 9/11 are eligible to apply for this scholarship program, which provides assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree. The exact level of financial aid offered depends on each recipient’s individual needs.
Individuals who would like to be considered for this scholarship must be able to demonstrate that they have been actively serving their community and are committed to continuing to do so. The Selection Committee will consider the applicant’s personal achievements and career ambitions when determining who should receive funding. Each applicant is required to submit two personal essays as part of the application process.
These scholarships may be renewed from one year to the next. Decisions about whether to continue providing financial support will be based on the following criteria:
- Estimated date for completing the program
- GPA attained
- Whether the prior recipient is a full-time student
- Community service (must be documented)
AMVETS National Scholarship Program
Under the AMVETS Scholarship plan, veterans who can demonstrate financial need may be awarded $4,000 (4 x $1,000 for each year of study) to pay for the cost of full-time study toward an undergraduate, graduate degree or certificate from a technical school.
The full amount of the funding provided under this Program must be used within five years. After that point, the student forfeits any unused scholarship funds.
If the scholarship eligibility criteria specifies that an applicant for a scholarship must demonstrate financial need, he or she will likely have to produce income tax records or other financial documents as part of this process.
A number of scholarships for Army veterans are offered to people pursuing a degree in any area of study. It’s a good idea to investigate the criteria for applying for funding carefully to confirm that funding is available for students in a particular program since not all scholarships will fund graduate or post-graduate degrees.
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