Dependent children of National Guardsmen are eligible to apply for special scholarship funding. A number of programs have been established to help pay for the cost of a post-secondary education. Interested individuals should make sure they are eligible for funding before submitting an application.
ThanksUSA Scholarship Program
The ThanksUSA Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to dependent children (under the age of 24) who want to pursue a two-or four-year degree program at a college, university or vocational school. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 is required to be considered for a scholarship.
Scholarship beneficiaries receive $3,000 or the cost of the program, whichever is less. The award is not renewable. Previous recipients are welcome to reapply for funding for subsequent academic years if they wish.
Recipients are selected based on a number of factors, including financial need, academic record and participation in extracurricular and school activities. The Selection Committee also looks at whether an applicant has demonstrated leadership ability, as well as any special personal or family circumstances when deciding who will receive scholarship funding.
Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarships for Military Children
Children of active duty or retired Guard personnel, as well as other branches of the Armed Services, are eligible to apply for this scholarship. A scholarship will be offered at every commissary location and in some cases, more than one will be available.
Applicants must be planning to pursue a four-year degree program and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered. The minimum amount of each award will be $1,500 and scholarships are awarded based on merit.
Connecticut National Guard Foundation Scholarships
The Foundation offers one $3,000 scholarship to the son or daughter of a Connection National Guard member. High school and college students are eligible to apply for funding. Along with a completed application form, a list of extracurricular activities and achievements must be submitted. A letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or college faculty advisor and a personal statement must also be provided.
Other scholarships in the amount of $2,000 and $1,000 each are also offered by the Foundation to Connecticut National Guard members, a spouse or dependent children.
American Legion Department of Michigan Scholarship
The Michigan Branch of the American Legion offers scholarships to state residents who are sons and daughter of military veterans. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for consideration. Funds are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.
Hattie Tedrow Memorial Fund Scholarship
The Hattie Tedrow Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the American Legion, Department of North Dakota. The recipient must be a resident of the state and a U.S. citizen who is a direct descendent of a military veteran. The amount awarded each year varies.
Scholarship programs for dependent children of National Guard members may be available nationally, at the state level or through specific organizations. Each one determines what types of programs it will fund and the criteria which applicants must meet to be considered.