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Several Military Scholarship Programs Closing Soon - Apply Now!

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Several scholarships for military families will be closing soon. Apply now before it is too late!

Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship open season for unmarried dependent children of enlisted men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard begins on February 1, 2016 and ends on March 15, 2016.

The Coast Guard Foundation's 2016 scholarship season is now open for children of enlisted, active duty reserve and retired U.S. Coast Guard men and women.

In 2015, the Foundation provided more than $400,000 in scholarships to ease the financial burden of college for Coast Guard families, and ensure Coast Guard kids can afford to reach their higher education dreams.

New for 2016,  students who have previously received a one-time Coast Guard Foundation scholarship and are still working on their first undergraduate degree, a simple, two-page scholarship renewal form can be submitted directly to the Coast Guard Foundation office for review.

Support for education is a cornerstone of the Coast Guard Foundation's commitment to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and their families

See the Coast Guard Foundation's website for details.

Tillman Military Scholarship

The Pat Tillman Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the annual application process for the Tillman Scholars program for eligible active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses. The application to join the 2016 Class of Tillman Scholars will remain open until Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11:59pm PT. For specific details on eligibility and to apply online, please visit:

"The Tillman Scholars – now over 400 strong – are a dynamic community of emerging leaders who want to make a significant impact at home and abroad," said Marie Tillman, President and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. "As we grow the community, we're looking for applicants who demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential, a track record of perseverance, and a deep desire to impact change across medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts."

The selection process for the Tillman Scholars program is highly competitive with up to 60 Tillman Scholars chosen annually. For the current selection cycle, applicants will receive notification of selection results no later than May 25, 2016. Scholarships will be granted for the 2016-2017 academic year and are eligible for renewal.

In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat's death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat's legacy of leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships–building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. 

Scholarships for Military Children Program

The deadline to apply for one of the 2016 Scholarships for Military Children, each worth $2,000, is Feb. 12. Applications, including the required essay, must be received at a military commissary by the close of business that day. They should be hand-delivered, but if that is not convenient, they can be sent to a commissary via the U.S. Postal Service or FEDEX/UPS. They cannot be faxed or emailed. At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants. Applications are available in commissaries worldwide and online at the Scholarship Programs of the Fisher House Foundation website at If students have questions about the scholarship program application, they should call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311.

Commissaries are an integral part of the quality of life offered to service members and their families. The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. It is the intent of the program that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.

The Scholarships for Military Children Program is primarily funded through the generosity of manufacturers and suppliers whose products are sold at military commissaries, worldwide. The Fisher House Foundation is honored to be involved with the Scholarships for Military Children Program. Fisher House Foundation provides a "Home Away from Home" near military medical centers for families experiencing a personal medical crisis and is one of the premiere quality of life organizations supporting military families. The Foundation volunteered to underwrite the administration of this program.

Heroes' Legacy Scholarship

The 2016 program is open! Submit your application to your commissary no later than March 18, 2016.

The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensation rating of 100%.

The scholarship grants for this special program are underwritten by the author's after tax proceeds from the book "Of Thee I Sing. A Letter to My Daughters" written by President Barack Obama, as well as corporate sponsorships and private donations. The amount to be awarded each year depends on the amount of royalties, sponsorships and other donations designated for this program.

Who Can Apply for a Scholarship

Dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active duty personnel, Reserve/Guard and retired military members, or survivors of service members who died while on active duty may apply for a Heroes' Legacy Scholarship if they meet one of the following additional criteria:

  • One of the parents died while serving on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 in any branch or component of the U. S. Armed Forces OR
  • One of the parents, while serving on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, became disabled - meaning that the parent qualified for receipt of Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) OR
  • One of the parents, who was on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, received a permanent and total compensation rating of 100% from the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more information please visit the website.

Army Emergency Relief Scholarships

Army Emergency Relief, or AER, has announced the opening of its scholarship application period. Applications will be accepted until May 1. 

Visit the Army Emergency Relief website for details.

AER supports both the Spouse Scholarship Program, as well as the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children. Scholarship specifics and applications are available on AER's website. 

The Spouse Scholarship can be used for full- or part-time students while the Ursano Scholarship is only for full-time students.

Other Scholarships

For more information on scholarship programs, visit our Scholarship Finder.

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