Scholarships for Dependent Children of Marine Corps Personnel

A number of academic scholarship programs provide financial aid to dependent children of active duty Marines or veterans. Some scholarships are only available to dependents of those who gave their lives for their country or who were disabled in action. Other sources of funding can be accessed by children of Marines who are on active duty or who have been honorably discharged.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to children of active duty U.S. Marines or veterans who were honorably discharged, wounded or killed in action. The maximum adjusted family income for recipients of this source of post-secondary school funding is $90,000 per year. [Read more…]

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 Marines Financial Aid & College Tuition Assistance

There are many great educational opportunities for members of the United States Marines. Below we’ve put together a summary of various college tuition assistance programs and other financial aid benefits that both current and former members of the US Marines have access to in order to further their education and career prospects.

Marines Active Duty Education Benefits

Education benefits for active duty Marines have been put in place to help eligible personnel get the education they need to qualify for higher-ranking positions in the Service or to start on a different career path after being discharged.

Montgomery Bill Active Duty Benefits

The Montgomery Bill (MGIB) provides educational benefits to active duty servicemen and women. Under its provisions, up to 36 months of financial assistance may be received to pay for the cost of obtaining a certificate or degree at an accredited institution. The cost of technical and vocational training courses can be funded under the Montgomery Bill, as well as flight training and some apprenticeship programs. [Read more…]