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Spouse and Dependent Scholarships

Benefit Category: Federal

The American Legion:  The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.

American Legion Auxiliary

  • Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship:  The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship to support the children of our warriors. These scholarships are awarded to 15 students annually who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities.
  • Non-Traditional Student Scholarship:  This scholarship helps people who are part of The Legion Family pursue a college degree later in life or allow them to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted. If you’re at this place in life, this may be the right scholarship for you.
  • Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund:  The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund is an umbrella that supports three separate scholarship opportunities for participants in American Legion Auxiliary programs. One is for American Legion Auxiliary Junior members; another is for the Honorary National Junior President; and one is for participants in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation program. 

Army Scholarship Foundation:  The Army Scholarship Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to providing college scholarships to deserving children of current and former members of the U.S. Army, and to spouses of currently serving soldiers.

Army Emergency Relief

Dependent Children Scholarship Program:  The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers on federal active duty, retired, or deceased on active duty or while retired to obtain a 4-year undergraduate degree.

Fisher House Foundation Scholarship Programs:

  • Scholarships for Military Children Program:  Created in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. It is the intent of the program that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.
  • Heroes' Legacy Scholarships program:  Honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund:  Students are eligible if they are the dependent child of an active duty service member who was killed or permanently disabled (100%) rating as the result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA. See application form and scholarship rules for complete eligibility details.

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program:  These $2,000 grants are awarded to selected sons and daughters of Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their full-time undergraduate studies.

Horatio Alger Scholarship:  Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association Members and Friends have been funding need-based college scholarships to support deserving young people to overcome their adversity and pursue their dreams through higher education.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation:  Provides scholarships for post-high school education and career training to all qualified deserving sons and daughters of Marines and Navy Corpsmen with particular attention given to children whose parent has been killed or wounded in  action and those who have demonstrated financial need.

Military.com Money for School: While looking for money for school many servicemembers, veterans, and their families tend to overlook more than $300 million of military -- and veteran -- related scholarships and grants. These scholarships often go unclaimed.  Don't let "scholarship mythology" stop you from applying for education money. Learn the truth about using scholarships to help cover your education costs.

National Military Family Association's Military Spouse Scholarships:  The program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security.  Scholarship funds are for military spouses only (active duty, retiree, Reserve, National Guard, and/or survivor). You must prove you are a military spouse by providing a copy of your marriage certificate and other applicable documents.

The Purple Heart ScholarshipThe Purple Heart Scholarship is available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.

The Retired Enlisted Association's (TREA) National Scholarship program:  TREA members are proud to be able to offer these scholarships to high school students with a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who is or was a member in good standing (deceased or otherwise). 

ThanksUSA Scholarship:  For dependent children, age 24 and under of U.S. military service personnel, or be spouses of U.S. military service personnel, and be current high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school. 

VA Mortgage Center Scholarship:  Strives to enhance lives by recognizing the selfless contributions of service members and their families through support of such individuals in need.  Despite the aid of benefits like the GI Bill, the ever-increasing expense of a post-secondary degree is one of the greatest challenges facing so many of our nation's finest, and in an effort to address this need, Veterans United Foundation has established the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship program.

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).