Dependent children of Navy personnel may be eligible to get help paying for their post-secondary education through a number of scholarships. Some sources of funding are available to children of active duty personnel or veterans, while others are limited to children of sailors who were killed or wounded while on active duty.
Prospective scholarship applicants should take the time to investigate different scholarship programs carefully. The student will want to confirm that the type of educational program he or she is interested in is eligible for funding before applying.
Navy Seal Foundation Scholarships
The Navy Seal Foundation offers scholarship assistance to dependent children of active duty SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen (SWCCs). Applicants who are considering starting or continuing a post-secondary education program leading to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree can apply for assistance.
Scholarship award decisions are made based on academic potential as well as merit. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts and a personal essay for consideration.
The Scholarship Committee determines how many scholarships will be offered each year and the monetary amount that each selected student will receive. Scholarships are awarded for each school year and students can reapply for funding if they wish.
Navy Counselors’ Association Scholarship
The Navy Counselors’ Association (NCA) awards one or more scholarships each year to students who are dependent children of active duty members of the organization. Applicants must be current students or have been accepted into a program at a vocational or technical school, college or university. A student who would like to be considered for this funding must submit an official transcript, a copy of his or her sponsor’s membership card and a personal essay discussing his or her goals.
NMCRS Gold Star Scholarship
Gold Star Scholarships are awarded to children of sailors or Marines who died while on active duty or after retiring from the Service. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need and maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
Under the program, students selected to receive funding will have $500-$2,500 per academic year paid directly to their school. The money may be used to pay for tuition, fees or books. The funds can also be used to pay for room and board.
Scholarship recipients who would like to be considered for funding for subsequent years will need to reapply annually.
Joseph A. McAlinden Divers Scholarship
This scholarship is available to children of active duty or retired sailors or Marine divers who are full-time students pursuing a first academic degree at a college, university, technical or vocational school. Applicants must also meet the following qualifications:
- Studying Aquaculture, Ocean Agriculture or Oceanography
- Enrolled in a program for diver certification, training or licensure
- Demonstrated financial need
Between $500-$3,000 will be paid per academic year to each scholarship recipient. An application for funding must be submitted for each year.
Dependents of active duty Navy personnel or veterans can get help to pay for the cost of their college education through various scholarship programs. Since the application process varies for each one, interested individuals should make a point of investigating their options carefully.
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