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.

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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.

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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.

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