A number of academic scholarship programs provide financial aid to dependent children of active duty Marines or veterans. Some scholarships are only available to dependents of those who gave their lives for their country or who were disabled in action. Other sources of funding can be accessed by children of Marines who are on active duty or who have been honorably discharged.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to children of active duty U.S. Marines or veterans who were honorably discharged, wounded or killed in action. The maximum adjusted family income for recipients of this source of post-secondary school funding is $90,000 per year.
Applicants must be enrolled in or planning to attend an accredited college, technical or vocational school. Recipients must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
The Heroes Tribute Scholarships program provides scholarship assistance to children of Marines or former Marines who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Children of Marines who were killed in combat after September 11, 2001 can also apply for this scholarship. The income requirement is waived for students fitting this criteria. The program pays $30,000 per year for four years toward the cost of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.
Gold Star Scholarships
This scholarship program is available to dependent children (age 23 and under) of Marines who died while serving on active duty or after retiring from the Corps. Recipients must be enrolled in a first undergraduate degree at an accredited technical or vocational school, college or university with demonstrated financial need. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained to continue receiving funding.
The amount of scholarship funding provides ranges from $500-$2,500 per academic year. The money is forwarded directly to the recipient’s school and may be used toward the cost of tuition, books and fees. It can also be used to help defray the cost of room and board.
1st Marine Division Association Scholarships
Up to $1,750 in scholarship assistance per academic year is available to dependents of deceased or 100 percent permanently disabled 1st Marine Division veterans. Full-time students working toward the requirements for an undergraduate degree at an accredited technical school, college or university can apply for funding. This scholarship will pay out for a maximum of four years, and the money is paid directly to the school.
Silent Warrior Scholarship Fund
The Silent Warrior Scholarship Fund bestows one or more scholarships each academic year. A person who is planning to attend college and who is related to a Reconnaissance Marine (past or present) can apply for funding. Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit. The minimum amount of each scholarship awarded under this program is $500 semi-annually.
Before applying for any of the scholarships available to dependent children of Marine Corps members, a student should make sure that he or she meets the criteria for acceptance. Following the application instructions carefully will increase the likelihood of receiving scholarship funds.