Veterans spend much of their lives in service to our country and deserve all the assistance they can get when it comes to successfully transitioning to civilian life. This includes getting career training to improve their employment opportunities. Fortunately, there are a number of scholarships offered to help veterans fund their education.
1. AMVETS National Scholarship
American Veterans, Inc. (AMVETS) 1 is a nonprofit organization committed to “enhancing and safeguarding the entitlements” as well as “improving the quality of life” for all American veterans, their families, and their communities. 2 The AMVETS National Scholarship is awarded based on academic promise, financial need and merit. It is for those vets who are pursuing a full time education for undergraduate, graduate studies, or an accredited technical/trade school certification. Those wishing to apply for this scholarship must meet eligibility requirements and submit required materials by April 15. Those receiving the scholarship will get $1000 a year and must meet all academic standards of the school they attend.
2. The MOPH Scholarship Program
The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) 3, a veterans nonprofit organization, has a competitive scholarship program that awards about 80 scholarships each year to Purple Heart recipients as well as their spouses, children, and grandchildren. The amount of the scholarship may vary each year depending on funding levels, so check the current application guidelines. Unlike the AMVETS National Scholarship, you must be a member. Membership eligibility, scholarship requirements and materials including the MOPH Scholarship Application form needed to submit are very specific. Be sure to check the web site for details and contact the organization if you have questions or need help.
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3. The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship
The Army’s Women’s Foundation’s Scholarship Program 4 offers scholarships to women who have served, or are currently serving, in the Army or National Guard and their children. Recipients are selected based on merit, academic promise, letters of recommendation and financial need. It is highly competitive, so applicants should be aware that meeting the minimum standards does not automatically mean any scholarship money will be awarded. The number of scholarships in each of its four categories is determined each year by the selection committee. To learn more about eligibility, application requirements or other questions, applicants are encourage to go to its website.
Additional Financial Benefits for Veterans
In addition to these three veteran’s scholarships, you may also qualify for funding under the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 or GI Bill. The GI Bill was designed to help veterans transition into civilian life by providing financial assistance for buying a house, starting a business or pursuing an education. 5 This also includes funding for training at vocational institutions in areas such as HVAC training. 6 Some benefits of the GI Bill may also be used by your spouse or children. You can, of course, also seek out additional scholarships not specifically designed for veterans.
Discover Your Veterans’ Benefits
Facing the challenges of civilian life can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to turn for help. However, there are plenty of organizations dedicated to assisting veterans with starting a new career by offering scholarships for secondary education. A little extra research may be involved to determine eligibility, gathering the required supporting materials, and submitting your application on time. You may be surprised by how much you can in fact reduce your own educational expenses.
1 – http://www.amvets.org/pdfs/programs_pdfs/programs_scholarship_application_veteran.pdf
2 – http://www.amvets.org
3 – http://www.purpleheart.org/scholarships/Default.aspx
4 – http://www.awfdn.org/scholarships.shtml
5 – http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/history.asp
6 – http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/non_college_degree.asp