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.

US Marine Corps Scholarships

One of the benefits of enlisting in the Marine Corps is gaining access to good education benefits. You can be one of the Few and the Proud and get help to pay for an undergraduate degree with a scholarship.

Accepting financial assistance for your education means that you will enter the Corps after graduation as a Second Lieutenant. Your work with the Marine Corps may start during your summer breaks while you are attending university in an annual four-week training cruise. During these sessions, you will gain experience on board ship as well as spend time engaged in classroom and field training.

Marine Corps NROTC Scholarship Program

As a Marine-option Midshipman, you can receive funding to help you complete a Bachelor’s degree at an approved college or university. You will also be required to take courses covering the history of warfare, naval science, management and ethics.

NROTC funding pays for a number of costs associated with pursuing a post-secondary education, including:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Uniforms
  • Living expenses

Candidates for an NROTC scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Between the ages of 17-23
  • Meet minimum physical qualifications for the Marine Corps
  • SAT score of at least 1000 or ACT composite score of 22

Frederick C. Branch Scholarship Program

The Frederick C. Branch Scholarship Program is named for the Marine Corps’ first Black officer. Captain Branch served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. The scholarship program which carries his name offers two, three and four year NROTC scholarships to students who are planning to attend one of the following Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

  • Allen University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Dillard University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Morehouse College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Savannah State University
  • Southern University
  • Spelman College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Colonel Richard A. Christie Memorial Fund

The Colonel Richard A. Christie Memorial Fund provides scholarship assistance to a Marine who is leaving the Corps to work toward a Bachelor’s degree. Full-time students who have demonstrated “exceptional courage and integrity in the face of a great obstacle” may be considered for this award. The scholarship recipient will be paid $250 per month ($3,000 per year) to help pay for the cost of obtaining the degree.

Women Marines Association Scholarships

Women Marines Association Scholarships are available to active duty Marines or veterans. Children, stepchildren or siblings of U.S. Marine Corps members may also apply for funding. The Association offers a number of $1,500 scholarships annually to high school graduates and college students who have attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0. Recipients can use the money to help pay for the cost of attending any accredited trade school, college or university.

People who are considering joining the Marines can get financial assistance to help pay for the cost of their post-secondary education and will be guaranteed a job after graduation. This is an option worth considering if it means being able to start a career without having to juggle student loan payments with other living expenses.

More Scholarship Resources for Members of the US Marine Corps

Below we have put together a list of additional scholarship opportunities for specific members of the US Marine Corps.

US Air Force Scholarships

The Air Force offers a number of scholarships to high school students who would like to get help paying for their post-secondary education costs. It also has a scholarship program which helps enlisted personnel who want to qualify for a promotion to commissioned officer status.

Before applying for a scholarship, a prospective student should review the program criteria carefully. Some scholarships are used mainly to fund technical programs and others have an annual funding limit.

ROTC Air Force Scholarships for High School Students

The Air Force Type 1 Scholarship covers the full cost of college tuition for a four-year program. It also pays up to $900 per year for books and most fees associated with going to school. About five percent of scholarship recipients are offered Type 1 funding and in most cases, students are enrolled in a technical program.

A Type 2 Scholarship is used to fund a three or four-year post-secondary educational program. It pays for tuition and fees up to a cap of $18,000 per annum. It also provides up to $900 per year to cover the cost of books. If a student attends a school where tuition costs more than the $18,000 annual funding limit, he or she is responsible for paying the difference personally.

Another scholarship program offered to high school students interested in enlisting in the Air Force is a Type 7. This option provides funding up to the amount charged to in-state students at a public school. This scholarship also pays up to $900 per year for books.

All ROTC Scholarship recipients are paid a stipend for each month they spend in school. Four year scholarship funding starts at the beginning of the recipient’s freshman year. Three-year ones start to provide money at the start of the student’s sophomore year.

A high school student who applies for an ROTC Scholarship is not obligated to serve in the Air Force. A student who accepts the scholarship funds is required to serve a minimum of four years active duty after graduation.

Air Force ROTC Enlisted Scholarships

Air Force personnel who are U.S. citizens and have served for at least one year can apply for one of the enlisted scholarships available to them. The ASCP scholarship allows eligible active duty personnel to receive up to $15,000 to complete a college degree program.

The Professional Officer Course – Early Release Program (POC-ERP) allows enlisted personnel to leave active duty early so that they can enrol in an ROTC program and attend college on a full-time basis. This program is only offered for Bachelor’s degree programs. After completing the degree program, the graduate is commissioned as a second lieutenant and is required to serve four years active duty.

Air Force scholarships are available to high school students who are interested in enlisting after completing a degree as well as active duty personnel who want to qualify for a promotion to a commissioned officer in the Service. In each case, scholarship recipients are required to complete a minimum of four years of active duty service after completing their degree program.

More Air Force Scholarship Resources

Below we have listed additional resources for specific members of the US Air Force.

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:

Army Student Loan Repayment Program

Not all Army recruits who are interested in educational benefits are looking to find a way to pay for a program they will be taking in the future. There is a program available for grads who are looking for help to pay for the student loans they took out to pay for their already completed education. The Army Loan Repayment Program (LRP) can help some soldiers manage the costs of student loan debt accrued before entering the Army.

Army Student Loan Repayment Program Overview

The Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is offered by recruiters as a special incentive to prospective soldiers. It pays up to $65,000 in student loans for highly qualified individuals. Examples of loans which may be repaid under the Loan Repayment Program are as follows:

  • Stafford Loans
  • Perkins Loans
  • Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  • Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS)
  • William D. Ford Loans

Consolidated loans incurred to pay for the soldier’s education may be paid for under LRP.

Army Student Loan Repayment Program Eligibility

To be eligible to receive LRP benefits, a recruit must meet a number of qualifications. He or she must be enlisting in the Service for the first time and must hold a high school diploma. A soldier who wishes to receive LRP benefits must specifically decline enrollment in the Montgomery GI Bill in writing. LRP must be guaranteed in writing in the enlistment contract.

The loan must have been advanced to the recruit under the provisions of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part B, D, or E. The loan must have been taken out before the start of the soldier’s active duty service.

This program is available to recruits who agree to enlist in a critical MOS (military occupation specialty). These are positions the Army is particularly interested in filling, and job titles are updated on a quarterly basis. The staff at local recruiting offices have access to a current list.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test

A prospective soldier who would like to be considered for the LRP must also have achieved a grade of at least 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Achieving a score of 50 represents the 50th percentile, which indicates that the person scored as well as half of all test-takers. (The standard for admittance to the Army for a soldier who will not be applying for LRP is 31.)

This is multiple-choice test which is administered to prospective servicemen and women. The test may be given to high school students, but a person who attains a high marks on it is not required to enlist in the Armed Forces. It is used to determine whether a person has an aptitude for performing well in the Army or other branch of the Service.

The ASVAB is made up of nine sections:

  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
  • Assembling Objects (AO)
  • Automotive and Shop Information (AS)
  • Electronics Information (EI)
  • General Science (GS)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
  • Word Knowledge (WK)
  • Army Student Loan Repayment Entitlement

    Under the Army Loan Repayment plan, an enrollee will qualify for a payment of $1,500 or 33 1/3 of the percent of the unpaid principal amount owing on the student loan, whichever is greater, for each year of active duty service completed. Accrued interest on the outstanding student loan will not be paid under the LRP. The maximum amount which will be paid on the soldier’s behalf is $65,000 and payments are forwarded directly to the lender.

    Payments received under this plan are taxable in the year the payment is made. Some soldiers, particularly those who start their active duty service between November and February, may receive two payments in one year.

    Army Student Loan Repayment Limitations

    Not all student loans are eligible for payment under this program. The following are examples of loans which do not qualify under LRP:

  • Private Loans
  • Equity Loans
  • State Funded Loans
  • Institution Loans
  • Consolidated Loans for another person
  • Army personnel are specifically barred from receiving Loan Repayment Program and Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the same period of service. Any student loans taken out after the start of active duty service will not be paid under this plan.

    The Army will not allow a person who has defaulted on a student loan to enlist. Student loans which are in default will not be paid for under LRP.

    The Army Student Loan Repayment Program offers a generous benefit for qualifying soldiers. Someone who has incurred student loans and who agrees to enter the Service to fill a critical need position can get hep to pay off the principal over a three-year period, up to the Program’s limit.