Community organizations, associations of military spouses, and non-profits offer regional and national education scholarships for military spouses. Scholarships specifically for military dependents can help your family save money on college expenses. If selected to receive a scholarship, eligible military spouses and military dependents can receive money for both college courses and continued education, ranging from $500 to $2500, or even more.
Scholarships can be targeted to military dependents whose sponsor (spouse) is assigned to a certain military base or offered to military spouses in general. However, each scholarship will have its own application criteria, so be sure to check the specific requirements before applying.
In some cases, connections to officer associations or membership in clubs is required. However, sponsorship by a club member or simply fulfilling the eligibility criteria is sufficient. Some scholarships are open to spouses of retired military personnel, injured or medically retired service members, and spouses of the Department of Defense civilians. There are also scholarships for children of veterans and dependents who are survivors.
Scholarships may be multi-year, solely a dollar amount, or allow Military spouses and dependents to reapply. Previous awardees may receive emails in the future, encouraging them to reapply.The money awarded through military dependent scholarships sponsored by these local clubs is intended to help eligible military dependents pay for college, and help military spouses strengthen their career skills.
In conjunction with the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program, military spouses can save a lot of money on tuition and other education-related expenses. There are also plenty of military-friendly colleges to choose from when looking for a degree program to use any applicable scholarship money for.
Below you will find military spouse groups and clubs that offer scholarships for military dependents. This list is in alphabetical order, organized by state, and will be updated often:
District of Columbia
OCONUS clubs that offer scholarships to military spouses:
Other clubs that offer scholarships to military spouses:
National Military Family Association (NMFA) – An additional resource for finding scholarships.