Scholarships for Dependent Children of US Army Personnel

Not all Army scholarships are offered to active duty personnel or veterans. Dependent children of soldiers who served their country can also get access to financial assistance to pay for the cost of their post-secondary education.

Each scholarship plan sets its own criteria, and young people who are interested in applying for funding should make sure that they qualify before taking the time to fill out the necessary forms. Some programs are offered to children of active duty personnel, while others are available to children of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Scholarships for Military Children Program

The Scholarships for Military Children Program is funded by companies which manufacture and supply items sold in commissaries worldwide. One or more scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded at each commissary location. These funds may be used toward the cost of tuition, lab fees, books or other expenses.

Children of active duty or retired Army personnel also qualify for this scholarship plan. Funding is available to children of soldiers who were killed on active duty or veterans who died while receiving retirement pay from the Army.

Unmarried dependent child under the age of 23 who are planning enroll in an undergraduate degree program can apply for funding. Young people who are interested in a community college which allows students to transfer to a Bachelor’s degree program can also apply for this scholarship. All applicants must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program

An eligible child or spouse of a servicemember who died or became permanently disabled in a service-related event can receive funding for up to 45 months while participating in one of the following types of programs:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Certificate
  • Degree
  • On the job Training

Children of Army personnel must be between the ages of 18-26 to receive funding under the DEA program. A child who is on active duty status is not eligible under this program, but may be able to qualify for an extension to the period of eligibility equal to the number of months he or she was on active duty.

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

American Legion Legacy Scholarships are available to children of servicemen and women who died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. High school seniors or graduates who are planning to study toward an undergraduate degree at an accredited education institution are welcome to apply.

The amount of financial assistance will vary from year to year, depending on available funds. Previous scholarship recipients are welcome to apply scholarship funding for other school years.

Children of Army active duty personnel, veterans and those who gave their lives for their country can apply for scholarship funding to help pay for the cost of obtaining a post-secondary degree. Since there are no fees associated with applying for funding, anyone who qualifies should consider filling out a form to request this free money to pay for school.

For more information about scholarships available to members of the US Army, click here.

Scholarships for Dependent Children of US Navy Personnel

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.

For more information about scholarships for members of the US Navy, click here.