Scholarships for Dependents of Veterans

Anchor Scholarship Foundation

The Anchor Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to eligible family members (children and spouses) of active duty, retired and honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel.

Recipients are selected on the basis of four equally weighted criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • Character
  • Extracurricular
  • Financial need

The Anchor Scholarships MUST be applied to tuition and tuition related expenses only. Dependent children must be pursuing a 4 year degree (BA or BS) at a 4 year college or university in the United States. Dependent spouses may be pursuing an Associates, BA or BS at a 2 or 4 year college or university in the United States. Anchor Scholarships cannot be used to fund Graduate courses/ degrees.


Army Engineer Spouses Club

P.O. Box 6332
Alexandria, VA 22306-6332

Eligibility to Apply:
To apply for the awards, candidates must have a parent or guardian with current membership in good standing of the Army Engineer Spouse' Club and a sponsor who's an U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, retired, or deceased), National Guard U.S. Army Engineer, Reserve U.S. Army Engineer, or current Department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Geraldine K. Morris Award (GKM) A candidate for this award may be any graduating high school senior who intends to enroll in a program leading to a nursing degree or certification, is a citizen of the United States and whose sponsor, parent, or legal guardian is an U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, retired, or deceased), National Guard U.S. Army Engineer, Reserve U.S. Army Engineer, or current Department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The candidate must also have a parent or legal guardian who is current member in the Army Engineer Spouses' Club. (Exceptions do apply if parent or legal guardian is deceased.) The GKM award can be a renewable award for a total of four years.


Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund

The Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity organization, incorporated under statute by the Commonwealth of Virginia and registered with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs for the legal solicitation of charitable donations. Any questions or inquiries as to the operations and functions of this organization should be directed to

The CPOSF shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, or religion in the administration of any of its educational, admissions or employment policies, programs and operations.


  • Candidates submitting scholarship applications must, in the year of submission of their scholarship application.
  • Be about to graduate or have graduated from an accredited high school, or equivalent educational institution or have successfully earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Must intend to enter, or be currently enrolled in a community college, vocational college, college or university to complete the curriculum prescribed in or to be graduated with an AA, AS, BA or BS degree.
  • Must be the immediate family member of either an active duty, retired, or reserve Chief Petty Officer (children may be natural, adopted or step-children)

Packets must also include the following items:

  • 3 letters of recommendation (emailed letters will not be accepted). One letter must be from a non-academic source.
  • A "Statement of Service" letter on command letterhead. (a document that legal departments prepare all the time for Sailors. It should not be difficult for a sponsor to acquire.) If you do not have a "Statement of Service" you may provide a DD-214 instead.
  • A 200-500-word autobiographical essay discussing significant experiences, community involvement, and qualities of character and leadership.

C/O The CPO Scholarship Fund
1269 Elliot Avenue
Newport, RI 02841-1525

Applications postmarked after April 1, 2017 will not be accepted

Spouse Scholarships

NMFA Scholarships + Career Funds

NMFA awards an average of $500 for career funding and $1,000 for degrees. Up to $2500 is available for clinical supervision towards licensure in the mental health profession. Spouses are also eligible for funding, typically $1,000, to build their own businesses. This includes entrepreneurs, LLCs, direct sales, franchises, contractors, and other for-profit ventures. Non-profit organizations, please check back in our May application round. Any spouse with a valid military ID is eligible. Apply from October 1st through January 15th, and May 1st through June 30th.


  • You can apply for a spouse scholarship if you: are a military spouse with a valid military ID
  • are married to an active duty, reserve, guard, retired, medically retired, wounded or fallen service member (must be a service-related wound, illness, injury or death that took place after September 11, 2001)
  • are a dual service military spouse
  • are a divorced spouse, but ONLY if you receive 20/20/20 benefits or 20/20/15 benefits
  • are married when we ask for verification paperwork, usually a month after the applications close

Here's who is not eligible

  • Surviving spouses who are remarried, unless they are remarried to a service member
  • Children (Check the Defense Commissary Agency Military Children Scholarships at
  • Spouses of former service members, unless they are retired or medically-retired


Survivors & Dependents Assistance Program

This program offers financial assistance to children, aged 16 – 26, of army personnel who have been disabled or killed in the line of duty. The program is also open to the children of service-members who have been declared missing in action, or who have been detained as a prisoner of war. The program offers up to 45 months of educational benefits to eligible students who are enrolled in approved undergraduate, graduate, or vocational studies.


The Folded Flag Foundation

America's freedom comes at a great cost. The Folded Flag Foundation serves to honor the legacy of and pay tribute to the bravest men and women who have given their lives in defense of our country. Our Mission is to provide scholarships and educational support grants to the spouses and children of the United States military and government personnel who died as a result of hostile action or in an accident related to U.S. combat operations*.

Scholarships and grants are available to qualifying spouses of fallen heroes and their children under the age of 26 to help provide a pathway to success by assisting with a wide range of educational needs, from kindergarten to college/trade school.

*This includes deaths related to injury or illness sustained in combat, as defined by the Department of Defense.


The National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to spouses of uniformed service members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post-secondary or graduate school. Scholarships are normally in the amount of $1,000.00 and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and school room and board.


The Tailhook Educational Foundational Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration for a Tailhook Educational Foundation scholarship, an individual must be a high school graduate and the natural, step, or adopted son, daughter or grandchild of a current or former (U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps / U.S. Coast Guard) Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, or Aircrewman. Also eligible are individuals or children/ grandchildren of individuals who are serving or have served on board a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier in ship's company or the Air Wing. Eligible applicants must have been accepted for undergraduate enrollment at an accredited college.

  • The High School application for current high school seniors
  • College application for current undergraduate college students
  • Former enlisted application for undergraduate college students with prior service
  • Applications will be available on 15 December and due back at the Tail hook Educational Foundation headquarters by 01 March 2017.


Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Scholarship

The Women's Army Corps Veterans Association Scholarship has been established to recognize relatives of Army Service Women.  This scholarship is based upon academic achievement and leadership as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement. A $1500.00 scholarship will be given annually. The recipient will be notified by mail or email. The check will be forwarded to the acceptance institution.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  1. Is a United States Citizen.
  2. Is a high school Graduating Senior, showing academic promise, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Include a letter from the high school attending, with transcripts.
  3. Submit a biographical sketch and letter stating goals and how the scholarship will be used.
  4. Applicants must plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States in pursuit of a degree course of study.
  5. Applicants must be a child, grandchild, niece or nephew of an Army Service Woman, and must submit documentation of sponsor's military service.
  6. The Scholarship Committee will use the following criteria for selection:
    1. Academic achievement.
    2. Leadership ability as expressed through co-curricular activities and
    3. community involvement.
    4. Biographical sketch.
    5. Recommendations.
  7. Application material must be postmarked no later than midnight: 1 May in the (current) year in which the scholarship is presented.

Application Process:
The application process encompasses five steps.

  1. Complete the Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association application form.
  2. Attach an official 7-semester high school transcript.
  3. Include three letters of recommendation, one of which must be written by a teacher, counselor or principal.
  4. Attach the biographical sketch as directed on the application form.
  5. Attach documentation of sponsor's military service.

Submit to Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association
Women's Army Corps Veterans' Scholarship
WACVA National Headquarters
P.O. BOX 663
Weaver, AL 36277


Scholarships/Women's Overseas Service League

Scholarship awards are based upon the decisions of the Scholarship Committee of the Women's Overseas Service League Board of Directors. Scholarships average $500.00 to $1000.00 annually and may be renewed for a second year if the recipient maintains and reports satisfactory progress as delineated in the scholarship award criteria.

Scholarship awards may be granted to women who:

  • Are committed to advancement in military or other public service careers.
  • Have demonstrated such commitment through life experiences.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester (or 18 quarter) hours of study in any institution of higher education with a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • Are admitted for study in an institution of higher learning in a program leading to an academic degree (Associate Degree or higher). The program may be professional or technical in nature.
  • Agree to enroll for a minimum of six semester (or nine quarter) hours of study each academic period.
  • Agree to maintain academic standards.