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Scholarship Quick Reference for Military Students!
Free handbooks and guides are available for download at this link. The School Liaison Office keeps a copy of the 2013 Military Childrens’ Scholarship Handbook which is available at www.militaryhandbooks.com. The handbook has lots of information on applying to scholarships as a military student and also lists several links for obtaining scholarships.
HOPE scholarship information
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Scholarship—Go to: www.vfw.org Every year, hundreds of thousands of students participate in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest, garnering more than $3.4 million in scholarships and incentives.
Army ROTC Scholarship at North Georgia College & State University—Go to: www.northgeorgia.edu Army ROTC awards approximately 70 scholarships to new cadets. Army ROTC scholarships pay tuition and fees or room and board, and a monthly stipend ($300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors, and $500 for seniors) and $1,200 per year for books. They’re awarded on merit: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal interviews, and physical fitness. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will have a commitment to serve four years in the Regular Army as an officer after graduating from North Georgia.
*For Georgia residents who are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, the Army ROTC Scholarship will be used to pay for room and meals.
Children’s Scholarship Handbook—Go to: www.federalhandbooks.com
American Patriot Freedom Scholarship—Go to: www.homefrontamerica.org established in 2006 to offer appreciation to those families who have dedicated themselves to protecting the American Virtues that all Americans enjoy. This May, the program will reach a new milestone – $ 95,000 in scholarships to assist our military children in realizing their academic goals. Each year, military dependent children from around the world submit their essays to the American Patriot Freedom Scholarship Program, hoping to receive one of twenty-five $ 1,000.00 scholarships.
Ron Brown Scholarships—Go to: www.RonBrown.org. The award: Leadership, community service, and all fields. The deadline is usually in January. This is one of most prestigious scholarships and it’s very, very competitive. See site for deadline details.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship—Go to: www.JackieRobinson.org The award: $6,000 per year. Number of winners about 100. It’s renewable. Academic merit, leadership, community service, and all fields. Deadline is usually in April. See site for deadline details.
United Negro College Fund Scholarships—Go to: www.uncf.org. The UNCF is one of our major scholarship gateways. The awards are of varying amounts, and there are a great many under different names and requirements ( Grandmet, Duracell, for example). See site for deadline details.
NACME Scholarships—(National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering). Go to: www.nacme.org. The award amounts to $20,000, and many are awarded. This is our major engineering scholarship gateway. You must be an engineering student. The deadline is usually in February. Go to the web site for details, or contact from aid officials at your college.
Gates Millennium Scholarships—Go to: www.gmsp.orgThe Gates Millennium Scholarship is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need. The scholarship will cover room, board and tuition for at least 1,000 high school students a year. See site for deadline details.
NSBE Scholarships—(National Society of Black Engineers). Go to: www.nsbe.org. Award amount: Generally range from $1,500 to $3,000 for members of NSBE. Number of awards varies. This is primarily for engineering students, and others majoring in related disciplines. Deadlines vary. See site for deadline details.
American Institute Of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships (AICPA). Go to: www.aicpa.org For undergraduates studying accounting at a U.S. college with at least 30credits completed. Awards up to $5,000 with about 300 winners annually. Deadline is in July. Go to web site for GPA requirements and details.
Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarships—Go to: www.coca-colascholars.orgThis is a major competition with hundreds of over 250 awards going to “scholars,” with academic, leadership, and talent qualities. The award amount is from $4,000 to $20,000. See site for deadline details.
Ambassadorial Scholarships—Go to: www.rotary.org This is the prestigious “Rotary” organization scholarship for students who can speak another language and want to study abroad in the “host” country of that language. Award amounts are from $10,000 to $23,000 for a 3-month to full year of study abroad. You should have completed at least 2 years of college work. See site for deadline details.
Ronald McDonald House Charities and the United Negro College Fund—Go to: rmhc.org Students must be studying at a HBCU, which is a member of the UNCF. The award is from $1,000 to full tuition. Approx. 60 students are selected. See site for deadline details.
Xerox Technology Minority Scholarship—Go to: www.xerox.comand type in “Scholarship” in the search engine. This is a good scholarship for strong minority scholarships for students studying in areas like chemistry, engineering, physics, and “tech” areas. The award amount is up to $4,000 for undergraduates and more for graduate students. See site for deadline details.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships—Go to: www.akaeaf.org The above link is to the Chicago headquarters and that gateway of scholarships. Note that there are over 700 AKA Chapters, and you would be wise to contact sorority in your local vicinity. Scholarship opportunities abound. See site for deadline details.
*Note: all of our Greeks (listed in our Black Excel college guide)offer scholarships, and you should contact your local chapters.
NCAA Scholarships (National Collegiate Athletic Association)—Go to: www.ncaa.org This is the major NCAA sports association with which student-athletes are associated. Awards are given in all sports categories, amounts from $3,000 to $12,500. Awards are also available for sports-related study (such as sports journalism). Deadlines vary, as do the number of awards each year.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship—Go to: www.truman.gov The is one of the most prestigious scholarships, shaped for students who intend to pursue a career targeted to public service or government. Graduate study should be a goal, with a portion of the funds directed there. You must be at least a junior, and your college must nominate you. A “nomination package” must be created. The awards can reach as high as $30,000 over the years. Generally about 80 students are selected. See site for deadline details.
National Association of Black Journalists—Go to: www.nabj.org offers 10 scholarships. It’s a $2,500 award. Students should be attending a four-year University. They must present three letters of recommendation from a school adviser, dean or a faculty member. Also, a 500-800 word article on a Black journalist must be presented. A grade point average of 3.0 is desirable. Eligible students must be majoring in journalism-print, photography, radio or television. One of those should be a career goal. See site for deadline details.
Hispanic College Fund Scholarships—Go to: www.hispanicfund.org Major site for Hispanic students majoring in usiness-related areas, A to Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount varies. Over 140 awards granted. See site for deadline details.
Arts Recognition And Talent Search Awards—Go to: www.youngarts.org These awards are granted to high school or college students (17, 18 years of age) who show talent in dance, voice, music, art, photography, jazz, visual arts, writing, or other creative areas. You must audition or submit a portfolio or tape. The award is to be used for freshman year in college. Award amounts from $100 to $3,000. See site for deadline details.
Society of Women Engineer Scholarships—Go to: societyofwomenengineers.swe.org These scholarships are targeted for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science. Award amount is from $200 to $5,000, and at least 90 are granted. See site for deadline details.
American Institute of Architects Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship—Go to: www.archfoundation.orgThis is a scholarship for minority students enrolling in architecture programs. Awards are from $500 to $3,000. Generally 20 students are selected. See site for deadline details.
Non Commissioned Officers Association—Go to: www.ncoausa.org Children and spouses of members of the Non Commissioned Officers Association. Awards not limited by race, color, creed, national origin or sex. For undergraduate study at accredited colleges and universities. Children of members must be under age 25 to receive initial grant. See site for deadline details.
Military Officers Association of America—Go to: www.moaa.org Applicants for all of our programs must be planning to attend accredited colleges or universities as full-time students. All loans, grants, and scholarships are designated for students seeking their first undergraduate degrees. No loans, grants, or scholarships are applicable for graduate study. See site for deadline details.
There is one online application for all scholarships, grants, and interest-free loan programs.
www.fafsa.ed.gov The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
www.accessgroup.org — Information on financial services for college students
www.ed.gov/thinkcollege — US Department of Education
www.college-scholarships.com — 2001 Colleges, College Scholarships and Financial Aid Pages.
www.uscg.mil/mwr/hqrec/CGESScholarshipProgram.asp— This page is a listing of scholarships on the Institute’s Web site
www.wilsonfund.org— Wilson Scholarship Fund
www.apa.org/mfp — The American Psychological Association
Military In-State Tuition & Waivers
Qualifying for In-state Tuition or Waiver at a College or University
Qualifying for In-state Tuition or Waiver at a College or University
Out-of state tuition can increase the cost of a college education considerably but thanks to the updated GI Bill today most states allow dependents of active duty service members to qualify for in-state tuition (or a waiver of out-of-state tuition) even though the state of current residence is not the service member’s home of record. This opportunity may also be extended if the service member is reassigned overseas and the family remains in the state.
Meeting college or university residency criteria to establish qualification for in-state tuition can be tricky. It is imperative that both parents and students clearly understand residency policies including the acceptable time-frame for eligibility, the impact of change of major or degree plan, or if a transfer to another state postsecondary institution is permissible.
The following are some sites that provide information on in-state tuition and either state and/or service related contacts. If you have state-specific questions, contact the listed state resources.
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs:
The military has worked hard in recent years to encourage states to offer in-state tuition and/or waivers to the children of the military under specific circumstances. Information can be found at the National Military Family Association website.
Military OneSource has a very informative article devoted to Tuition Help for Military Children.Pinterest