Scholarships for Navy Veterans

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

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.

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

Coast Guard Scholarships

The Coast Guard offers scholarship programs to people planning to enlist in the Guard after graduating from college or university. Scholarship recipients may also qualify to be paid a salary while in school. If you are interested in this type of career and have no objection to an “earn while you learn” arrangement, consider applying for one of the scholarship opportunities available from the Coast Guard.

You will want to make sure that you read through the eligibility requirements before applying for funding. Since accepting scholarships funds means committing to serving in the Guard as an officer for three years, you will also want to make sure that you are prepared to undertake this responsibility after graduation.

College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship Program

CSPI scholarships provide funding for the junior and senior years of a four-year degree program. The program pays for the following costs in full:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Life and Medical insurance coverage

Scholarship recipients also collect a salary during the funding period. They are also entitled to 30 days of paid vacation per annum. CSPI recipients are required to finish their degree and the Coast Guard’s leadership training program within a 24-month period.

A student interested in this scholarship program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Combined score of 1100 on SAT Reasoning Test or ACT composite score of 23 or higher
  • Between the ages of 19 and 27 years
  • Sophomore or junior enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university

AFCEA General Emmett Paige Scholarships

This scholarship opportunity is available to active duty members of the uniformed military services. Veterans (honorably discharged), military spouses and children can also apply for this scholarship. Full-time students may receive $2,000 in funding to pay for the cost of obtaining a four-year degree in Engineering (aerospace, computer, chemical or electrical), Mathematics or Physics. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.4 is required for to be considered.

The Captain Ernest W. Fox Perpetual Scholarship Program (FOX)

This program was established to provide an education or training benefit to personnel at the Coast Guard Aircraft Repair and Supply Center (ARSC) located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is offered each year and active duty enlisted personnel and officers, civilian employees, and their dependents are eligible to apply.

Enlisted Education Grant

The Enlisted Education Grant is offered to enlisted Coast Guard personnel who have a minimum of two years of active duty service and who are in pay grades E-3 to E-9. It pays $350 per year and these funds may be used by personnel who are accessing Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits to help pay for the cost of a post-secondary program.

If you are thinking of joining the Coast Guard or are already a member of this branch of the Armed Services and want to get financial assistance to help pay for your education, consider applying for one of the available scholarship programs. Funding is available to qualified applicants so they don’t have to fund the complete cost of obtaining a degree personally or through student loans.

More Information About Coast Guard Scholarships

Below is a list of additional resources that we have put together for specific members of the Coast Guard.

Navy Scholarships

One of the reasons to consider joining the Navy are the education benefits available to sailors. You can get help to pay for the cost of obtaining a degree and after graduation you will be guaranteed employment.

If you are interested in getting help with the cost of training for a medical career, the Navy offers scholarship programs which can help pay for your education. Your service commitment in this instance would include a certain number of days each year while you are in school. After graduation, you would become a naval officer and continue your service commitment.

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship Program

The NROTC Scholarship Program may cover up to 100 percent of tuition costs for eligible students. Funding is also provided to pay for required fees, books and lab expenses. Each recipient of an NROTC scholarship also receives a stipend for each month he or she is enrolled in school. These funds can be used in any way the student wishes.

To be considered for an NROTC Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • United States citizen
  • High school graduate or GED holder
  • Have less than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college credit
  • At least 17 years old by September 1 of the year he or she starts college and no more than 23 years of age on June 30 of the same school year
  • Under the age of 27 by June 30 of the year the applicant expects to graduate from college
  • No moral or religious objection to bearing arms while serving in the Navy
  • Meet the Navy’s physical requirements

After graduation, the scholarship recipient is required to serve a minimum of five years on active duty status. Graduates from a nursing program must serve for at least four years.

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

The HPSP pays for the full cost of the recipient’s tuition for a medical or graduate health degree program. It also provides a monthly stipend which the student can use for any purpose. The cost of school fees, books and supplies is also covered. An HPSP recipient also receives active duty pay and benefits for 45 days each year.

Eligibility requirements for the HPSP are as follows:

  • United States citizen
  • Meet the physical requirements for enlisting in the United States Navy
  • Applicants must have applied to or been accepted into an American medical school, dental college or optometry school. Students pursuing a degree which will provide them with a Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant may also apply for a HPSP scholarship

After completing the medical degree program, the HPSP recipient is required to serve one year of active duty for each year he or she received scholarship funding. Physicians are required to serve a minimum of two years after graduation.

Help to pay for a post-secondary education is available to people who have enlisted in the Navy. In return for this generous financial aid, recipients are required to serve on active duty for a time. Prospective recipients will want to consider whether the available scholarships will help them reach their education and professional goals before accepting the funding.

More Information About Scholarships for Navy Personnel

Below is a list of resources that we have developed for specific members of the Navy and their families.

Army Scholarships

Scholarships are a great way to help pay for a post-secondary education. Students who qualify get access to free money; unlike a student loan, the funds don’t have to be paid back after graduation.

You may be able to qualify for an Army scholarship as a high school student who is looking to attend a college or university. Funding is also available for applicants who are already enrolled in a college program. Children or spouses of currently serving Army personnel or veterans may also qualify for a scholarship to help pay for their education.

Army ROTC Scholarships

Army ROTC scholarships are merit based, and are available to high school students considering a four-year degree, as well as people who are already enrolled in a secondary school program. Recipients of this type of assistance can have the full cost of their tuition covered, as well as receive an allowance to pay for books and fees. A monthly stipend for living expenses is also included in the scholarship funding.

A student who receives an Army ROTC scholarship is required to complete a service commitment of eight years. Four years are served on a full-time basis, and the remaining commitment can be completed as a member of the Individual Ready Reserve.

Army ROTC Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

The Army ROTC Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program makes a one-time payment to students who are in their first year of a four-year post-secondary program. Applicants must meet the following qualifications to be considered:

  • United States citizen
  • Between the ages of 17-31 at the time of enrollment
  • Must attend a historically Black college or university
  • Join the school’s ROTC program
  • Must meet Army physical requirements
  • Achieve qualifying score on SAT or ACT

Between 180-250 Army ROTC Historically Black Colleges and Universities scholarship are awarded each year. The minimum amount awarded under this program is $5,000 and up to $16,000 may be given to a single student.

The Army Scholarship Foundation

The Army Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to undergraduate students. Funding is provided on a year-by-year basis to children or spouses of soldiers. High school seniors or graduates can apply for available scholarships, which provide $500-$2,000 to help pay for the cost of a program at a technical school, college or university.

All applicants for funding under this program must be United States citizens under the age of 24. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 is required to be considered, and students must also submit the following information with their application form:

  • Certificate of Good Service for a parent or spouse
  • High school transcript
  • A signed income tax return from the previous year
  • An essay
  • A photograph

Army scholarships have been put in place to help future soldiers and the spouses and children of active duty personnel and veterans pay for the cost of their post-secondary studies. Before applying for financial assistance, a student should consider his or her funding options carefully, especially if accepting help means committing to military service for a time.

Additional Resources

Below we have listed additional scholarship resources for various members of the US Army: