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While many Veterans are eligible for and receive assistance in pursuing their college education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill; tuition, fees, and housing may not be covered at 100%. Were you aware that many scholarships exist for veterans, and active service members to cover these additional expenses? Were you also aware that you may be able to use parts of your service toward credits in certificate and degree programs?

There are also schools which have been designated to participate in the yellow ribbon program which is a program set up that allows schools to enter agreements with the VA where the VA matches every dollar the school contributes toward tuition and fees making it easier for veterans to get 100% coverage for education through their GI Bill- these schools can be found here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon/yrp_list_2013.asp

Here is list of resources including information to obtain your GI Bill, schools that participate, grants, scholarships, and tuition assistance programs-

Veterans, reservists and active-duty personnel of Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations can seek educational scholarships of $2,500 when they are enrolled in a two-year or four-year undergraduate degree program.

Program offers financial aid to active-duty personnel who wish to complete their college education while enlisted. Funds can be applied to either on-base, or off-base, schools. Award amounts are contingent upon time served, and range from partial to full tuition grants.

Available to all veteran members of the legion who are pursuing their undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university. Annual awards are $1000, and eligibility is determined by financial need.

At amvets.org, veterans can read about annual scholarship opportunities that are available to them as well as their spouses, children and grandchildren. Most scholarships are available in $1,000 to $4,000 amounts, and online applications are usually posted by Jan. 30 of each year.

Military member applicant must be current member of the AAAA. Graduate students must submit a short essay detailing life experiences, goals and work history. This is a merit-based award.

Legacy scholarships are offered annually to women who serve in the Army and their children. Amounts awarded are $1,000 for community colleges and $2,500 for four-year institutions.

Open to veterans of all branches of the U.S. military. Employment by AT&T is not a requirement.

Graduate applicants must be Active Duty, veteran or retiree of the Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard or Reserve. Must be used toward education for physician’s assistant. Financial need is a consideration.

Honorably-discharged veterans, military personnel and reservists disabled in the line of duty during Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations can seek a scholarship of $2,500 when they are pursuing a two-year or four-year undergraduate degree.

Candidate must be a student veteran pursuing a degree in a STEM subject program at an accredited college or university and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Open to Active Duty military and veterans of all branches of the U.S. military.

The FRA offers a number of scholarships for association members. In addition to FRA membership, applicants must be affiliated with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps or U.S. Coast Guard. Some of these scholarships give preference to those applying for funding of a post-graduate program.

Offered to U.S. Navy, Marine and Coast Guard personnel, past and present. FRA membership is not required.

Veterans pursuing computer science or a related degree field may be eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship from Google and the Student Veterans of America.

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Kansas. Open to Active Duty military and veterans, and members of their families. Financial need is considered for this award. Sponsored by the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation.

Children who lost their parents or guardians in the line of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan may be eligible for this Pell Grant award, but must have been under the age of 24 at the time of their parent’s death.

To be eligible, candidate must be Active Duty, reservist, or honorably discharged or retired from the military and in financial need. Limited to those enrolled in a designated participating colleges.

With locations in New York and California, this school gives more than $1 million in scholarship money to military veterans interested in culinary or other career training.

This organization provides training opportunities for veterans and retroactive scholarships for those who have already completed some type of postsecondary training, but are in financial hardship and need help paying off student-loan debt.

Since 1962, this organization has provided more than 30,000 scholarships to children of military personnel to help with their college education costs, with particular attention given to those who have lost a parent in the line of duty or who are especially in need of financial assistance.

Children whose parents died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001 can receive up to 36 months of educational benefits at the 100 percent level. Benefits are available until a beneficiary’s 33rd birthday, but cannot be used in conjunction with the Yellow Ribbon program.

This organization makes interest-free loans available to students under the age of 24 who are children of former, active or retired officers or enlisted military personnel. Students must be pursuing a full-time undergraduate program and can receive interest free loans for amounts up to $5,500 that are renewable for up to five years.

Purple Heart recipients, their spouses, children, and grandchildren may be eligible to receive scholarship funds to help cover costs related to tuition, fees, and other education-related expenses for an undergraduate program.

Interest-free loans and grants are available to the children of veterans (including deceased) and active-duty military personnel dependents who want to pursue a two- or four-year undergraduate education at an accredited institution.

Funding for enlisted sailors over and above what they are eligible to receive from the G. I. Bill. The purpose of the fund is to assist both active-duty and retired Navy personnel in the completion of a college education. Applicants must have an honorable standing in the service, and must meet general service and performance requirements.

Members of Paralyzed Veterans, their spouses, and their unmarried children may be eligible for scholarship money to attend an accredited school or university. More than $300,000 has been awarded since the founding of the scholarship program in 1986.

Veterans and their spouses who show leadership potential are eligible for scholarships through this foundation. More than $4.6 million in scholarships has already been given, many to students pursuing degrees at the master’s and doctorate levels.

Sponsored by the Student Veterans of America and PNC Bank. Applicants must be honorably discharged from Active Duty military service or currently serving in Guard or Reserve.

Members of this organization, including children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other blood relatives of those serving in the Armed Forces stationed on the Island of Oahu or nearby on Dec. 7, 1941, may be eligible for a $1,000 academic scholarship.

Educational benefits are provided to eligible beneficiaries of veterans who are completely disabled from a service-related injury or whom have died as a result of duty or from a service-obtained injury. Benefits can be used to toward apprenticeships, certificate and degree programs and on-the-job training.

Open to veterans pursuing a degree at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must submit an essay. Sponsored by Comcast/NBC Universal and the Student Veterans of America.

Veterans interested in a trucking career can look to Swift Transportation for help with tuition assistance. The company has provided full scholarships to veterans to attend a Swift Academy of their choosing. Selective Reservists (including National Guard) are eligible for $1,000 scholarships. Both scholarships require a one-year commitment.

This federal and state funded program helps former and current members of the U.S. military pursue training to start a second career as a teacher. Stipends may be available to eligible candidates.

Veterans who have contributed to an education fund with deductions from their military paycheck will have these matched by the VA on a 2-to-1 basis and can use these funds to seek a certificate or college degree, licensing and certifications, correspondence courses, and more. Veterans that served between 1977 and 1985 may be eligible for this program.

Up to $5,000 is available to veterans, active-duty personnel, and those in the reserves (all at the rank of E-5 or below) who are in need of financial assistance to be able to attend college and who have been accepted into or are currently enrolled in a VA-approved postsecondary institution.

Veterans who served in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars or in related missions and who attended an undergraduate for-profit school during or after service may be eligible for up to $5,000 in student loan relief. The program is offered through the IAVA, Scholarship America and the Kisco Foundation, and veterans can determine their eligibility through a scholarship verification questionnaire on the site’s home page.

Applicant must be a VFW Auxiliary member for a period of at least one year immediately prior to application. Financial need is considered in making this award.

The WMA sponsors several scholarships for candidates who are currently serving, or have served, in the United States Marine Corps. Requires an essay demonstrating the applicant’s community service and career goals. Must also be nominated by a WMA member.

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