Scholarship Update: Effective January 1, 2015 the Fry Scholarship program expands to surviving spouses.
The Fry Scholarship is an amendment to the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) that makes education benefits available to the surviving spouses and children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry, 28, of Lorena, Texas. With only a week left in his Iraq tour in 2006, Fry injured his hand and was given the option of going home early with a Bronze Star. Fry declined the offer and volunteered to go on one last run to defuse bombs. Fry was killed March 8, 2006, by an improvised explosive device in Anbar province, Iraq, leaving behind his widow and three small children.
Like Post-9/11 veterans, eligible survivng spouses and children attending school may receive full tuition coverage at state-operated colleges and universities, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under this program.
Surviving spouses can use the Fry Scholarship for 15 years from the anniversary of the servicemember's death or until they remarry. A surviving spouse who is eligible for more than one GI Bill benefit must make an irrevocable written election of which benefit they wish to receive by completing a VA Form 22-5490
Eligible children can use the Fry Scholarship between the ages of 18 and 33. Children under age 18 cannot use this benefit even if they have completed high school. The child's marital status does not affect eligibility for the Fry Scholarship.
Eligible persons attending school may receive:
However, they are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Rules for eligible children serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces:
Beneficiaries who have used or wish to use entitlement under Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
How to apply
Complete and submit a VA Form 22-5490. A parent or guardian must sign the application if the child is under age 18.
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