Scholarships and Loans for Military Children

Keys to successfully getting a scholarship:

  1. Read all the eligibility requirements
  2. Collect all the required documentation
  3. Request letters of recommendation, especially from school counselors, way ahead of due dates
  4. Do all the required paperwork
  5. Deadlines are REALLY important!


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The American Legion Scholarships—an excellent resource! Available free on-line in searchable format and in softcover for just a few dollars.

Military Children’s Scholarship Handbook  scholarship search site from Military Child Education Coalition (military and non-military) connects Washington students of all backgrounds with Washington scholarship providers for free.

US government scholarship search site (military and non-military)

Scholarships for Military Children Program.

Commissary scholarships

NEX A-OK Student Reward Program for Grades 1-12

Navy Exchange Retired Employees Association Scholarship Fund (NEREA)

Fleet Reserve Association Scholarships

Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association

Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program

Donaldson D. Frizzell scholarship

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Vice Admiral E.P. Travers Loan Program

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc.


ROTC scholarships are available at many colleges and universities

Navy and Marine Corps


Air Force


Military academies are highly competitive and generally require nominations from US Senators or Representative. In addition, there may be appointments to the service academy of their choice for otherwise qualified students who are the sons or daughters of Medal of Honor recipients, deceased or disabled veterans, or active or retired members of the US Armed Forces.

 (Navy and Marine Corps) US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

 (Army) United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

 (Air Force) Air Force Academy, near Colorado Springs, Colorado 

(Coast Guard) US Coast Guard Academy, near London, CT

 (Merchant Marines) US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY



Commander William S. Stuhr Scholarship Fund

Send email to:

Surface Navy Association


Marine Corps Tankers Association, Inc.

MCTA Scholarship Chairman, 1112 Alpine

Heights Rd, Alpine, CA 91901-2814


Alaska Sea Services Scholarship (focus on Alaska)

Alaska Sea Services Scholarship Fund

c/o U.S. Navy League Council 55-151

2300 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA  22201

Navy League Foundation

Fleet Training Center Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund

Navy Supply Corps Foundation Scholarship

Anchor Scholarship Foundation

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Bowfin Foundation

Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship

Armed Forces Communications & Electronic Association Educational Foundation (AFCEA)

AMVETS National Scholarship Program

Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association

Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Commandant

Knights of Columbus Educational Fund

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship

Grand Army of the Republic Living Memorial Scholarships

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Educational Assistance Program

The Naval Special Warfare Foundation

Navy Wives Clubs of America, Inc

Aviation Boatswain Mates Association (ABMA) Scholarship

Kitsap Credit Union Educational Grants

Bezos Family Foundation: Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute

Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation

Boys and Girls Clubs of America have the National Youth of the Year Award. Check with your local BGCA or Teen Center to see if there are local moneys available.


There are many, many more scholarships offered through specific colleges, for specific declared majors, and for other special groups. Keep researching—there’s money out there!