Former sailors who want to go to school to train for a new career after being discharged can apply for scholarship funding from several programs. Individuals, organizations and some universities offer financial support to veterans who have honorably served their country in this branch of the Service.
The criteria for scholarship applicants is different for each program. People who are interested in being considered for these sources of free money for college should make sure they qualify before submitting their application for assistance.
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Dolphin Scholarships are available to Navy veterans who served in submarine support activities for at least a decade. This scholarship pays $3,400 per year of a four-year Bachelor’s degree program, bringing the total amount of available funding to $13,600.
Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy Centennial Scholarship Program
This scholarship program was set up to benefit Navy and Marine Corps veterans who were wounded during Operation Desert Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn who are studying toward a degree which will lead to a teacher’s license. Applicants for this scholarship funding must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5.
The scholarship offered under this program is $3,000 per academic year. Funds are paid directly to the student.
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript (high school or college) and a Certificate of Release from Active Duty to be considered for funding. A personal essay must be submitted with the applicant’s other documents for consideration.
Operation Education scholarships are offered by the University of Idaho to veterans, including former sailors, who were injured while serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of September 11, 2001. Recipients are provided with financial support for “academic, home and social, and financial challenges encountered during your transition back to civilian life.”
This needs-based scholarship may be used to pay for tuition, fees or living expenses. The amount of funding offered varies from recipient to recipient.
Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program was put in place to assist eligible veterans with the cost of their post-secondary education expenses which are not covered under the New GI Bill. It can be used to make up the difference between the cost of tuition and fees covered under the post 9/11 Bill and the actual cost of attending a private college or university.
Benefits under this program may be available to sailors who served a minimum of 36 months on active duty service and were honorably discharged from the Service. Participating institutions agreed to waive up to 50 percent of eligible expenses and the Veterans Administration matches this amount. Funding for this program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at each participating school.
Navy veterans can access education benefits available to servicemen and women. Available scholarship monies can be used to supplement other sources of funding to help pay for the cost of completing a degree program.
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