5 Exclusive Military Scholarships

The Top Military Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

Exclusive Scholarships
Found only on Bold.org
  1. Praccess Veterans Education Grant
    Funded by
    Praccess
    In Review
    Settling back into civilian life after serving in the military is a difficult transition. This scholarship will award five Los Angeles County residents with $1,000 each to continue their education.
    Funded by
    Praccess
    In Review
    Settling back into civilian life after serving in the military is a difficult transition. This scholarship will award five Los Angeles County residents with $1,000 each to continue their education.
    Education level
    Graduate, Undergraduate
    Amount
    $5,000
    Scholarships awarded
    5 winners every year
    Next Deadline
    Oct 11, 2021
    In Review
    View scholarship
    Winner Announcement
    Nov 11, 2021
    1
  2. Bryent Smothermon PTSD Awareness Scholarship
    Funded by
    Bryent Smothermon
    Upon returning from service, many military veterans suffer from PTSD. This scholarship aims to support these brave men and women who have sacrificed everything for their country.
    Funded by
    Bryent Smothermon
    Upon returning from service, many military veterans suffer from PTSD. This scholarship aims to support these brave men and women who have sacrificed everything for their country.
    Education level
    Graduate, Undergraduate
    Amount
    $1,000
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    May 14, 2022
    2
  3. A Heroes Family Scholarship
    Funded by
    First Responders Family Foundation
    Awarded
    First responders are the heroes of our communities. If you have lost a loved one in the line of duty, we encourage you to share your story and apply for this scholarship.
    Funded by
    First Responders Family Foundation
    Awarded
    First responders are the heroes of our communities. If you have lost a loved one in the line of duty, we encourage you to share your story and apply for this scholarship.
    Education level
    High School, Undergraduate
    Amount
    $1,000
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner every 1 year
    Next Deadline
    Sep 1, 2021
    Awarded
    Winner
    Brenna Russell
    1 Finalist
    3
  4. Tina and Danny Rodriguez Scholarship
    Funded by
    Randell Wittenberg
    In memory of Tina and Danny Rodriguez, this scholarship was created to support a student with an interest in a career in emergency services. You must be a Ridgeview High School or Pontiac Township High School student to be eligible to apply.
    Funded by
    Randell Wittenberg
    In memory of Tina and Danny Rodriguez, this scholarship was created to support a student with an interest in a career in emergency services. You must be a Ridgeview High School or Pontiac Township High School student to be eligible to apply.
    Education level
    High School
    Amount
    $500
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Oct 30, 2021
    4
  5. WiseGeek Disability Scholarship
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    Awarded
    The narrative surrounding people with disabilities must change. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student who, despite living with a disability, still has big dreams.
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    Awarded
    The narrative surrounding people with disabilities must change. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student who, despite living with a disability, still has big dreams.
    Education level
    Any
    Amount
    $500
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Aug 2, 2021
    Awarded
    Winner
    Ezra Lanphere
    3 Finalists
    5

About military scholarships

There are approximately 1,192,700 military students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, with another 241,000 pursuing graduate degrees. That accounts for about 6.1% of the undergraduate population and 6.7% of the graduate population.

In recognition of their dutiful military service, the United States offers higher education benefits to its servicemen and women, to help reduce the financial burden of college and graduate school. Unfortunately, many students do not receive these benefits. 

As a result, military service members take out an average of $8,000 for college and $18,000 for graduate school. Consequently, many veterans and soldiers are left with significant debt after graduating.

Bold.org is here to help, with a collection of scholarships dedicated to the brave men and women who fight to defend and protect our great country. We thank you for your distinguished service.

The importance of scholarships for veterans and active-duty soldiers

To combat the rising college tuition costs, the US military offers financial assistance through "benefits" to its servicemen and women who wish to pursue a college education. However, just 43% of military undergraduates received veterans’ education benefits, while only 36% of military graduate students received veterans’ education benefits.

Military students who did not receive veterans’ education benefits often have to take out significant loans to pay for school. The average cumulative debt for a veteran or active duty service member who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2015-16 was approximately $25,000 at public and nonprofit institutions, including community colleges.

At Bold.org, we’re committed to making college more affordable for active duty, retired, or dependent military personnel. While the award amount varies between each opportunity, our list of military college scholarships is designed specifically for the people who fight to protect and defend our country.

How to qualify for military scholarships

To have the best chance of winning, it's important to put time and consideration into your scholarship applications. Before working on your submission, be sure to check the eligibility requirements of each scholarship so you're positive that you qualify!

Be an active-duty member of the military

Many military scholarships seek to aid active-duty military members who are trying to pursue a college education. If you're currently serving in the military, you're eligible to apply for these military scholarships!

Be a military veteran

Certain scholarships are exclusively open to veterans, such as the Praccess Veterans Education Grant. If you've served in any branch of the military, you should qualify for veteran scholarships.

Be a loved one of active-duty military members or military veterans

Most scholarships aim to help those who are directly involved in military service, but some scholarships also are open to the family of military members. For these scholarships, you can qualify if you're the child, spouse, or family member of someone who has experience in military service. If you're the child of a veteran, be sure to check out the Bryent Smothermon PTSD Awareness Scholarship!

Check any additional eligibility requirements

In addition to being a service member, veteran, or family member of a soldier, some scholarships have additional eligibility criteria, such as location, disability, or field. Make sure you check all of the eligibility requirements before taking the time to apply.

Types of armed forces scholarships available

In recognition of the bravery and sacrifices of military members, there are many different types of scholarship awards available. Some scholarships are geared towards active members of the military, while others are directed towards veterans living with PTSD or to people who've lost a parent or family member who was in the military.

How to find military scholarships for veterans and active-duty service members

Starting your scholarship search can be daunting. With so many scholarship programs available, finding the right scholarships can feel impossible. Luckily, we're here to help. On Bold.org, you can use all kinds of filters to find the best-fitting scholarships. To find scholarships for service members in the armed forces, go to the "military" category.

You can also choose to display only no-essay scholarships, and you can also filter by amount, deadline, and education level. While you're searching, you can bookmark scholarships you're interested in so you can apply later. With all of these options available, you'll be able to find the perfect scholarships for you.

When to start applying for scholarships for active-duty military personnel

When applying for scholarships, starting earlier gives you as much time as possible to earn money for your college education. Some military scholarships are open to high school students who are going into the military or who have family members in the army, so you can start before you even graduate!

It's also never too late to start your search. There are plenty of scholarships available for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, so don't worry if you're just getting started with the application process.

What to consider when applying for military scholarships

When applying for scholarships, keep in mind the eligibility requirements of each award. Make sure you're applying to scholarships that you're eligible to receive. Additionally, remember that there are often many eligible applicants, so you want to spend time and effort on your application so you can stand out from the competition. Keep reading for our exclusive tips on how to increase your chances of winning.

How to apply for military scholarships

Each scholarship on Bold.org has  instructions in the description for a quick and easy application process. Some no-essay scholarships can be applied for with just a few clicks, while essay-based scholarships will give you a prompt and word limit so you can craft your essay.

Tips for winning military scholarships

With so many students looking for college scholarships, it's critical that you make yourself stand apart from the other applicants. To boost your chances of making an impression and winning scholarship funds for your college education, read the tips below.

Find your best-fitting scholarships

The less competition a scholarship has, the greater your chances of winning. Finding scholarships with many eligibility requirements will limit the number of other applicants, making you more likely to win. Military scholarships are already limited to a smaller applicant pool, but finding scholarships with additional requirements, such as serving in a certain field or having PTSD will further your chances of winning.

Apply as early as possible

Being among the first to apply for a scholarship can also improve your chances of winning. You can use the filter feature to find the newest scholarships so you can be the first to apply!

Work hard on your scholarship essays

For essay-based scholarships, it's important to put your best foot forward through your writing. Make sure you stick to the prompt and answer every part of it. Additionally, open with a hook to capture the interest of the reader. Since many scholarships have low word limits, make sure you utilize your words well by remaining focused on the topic. Finally, include a conclusion that wraps up your essay, and be sure to proofread before submitting!

Use your profile to supplement your applications

In addition to putting time into your scholarship essays or other application materials, you can also use your profile to your advantage. Having a unique, personal, and detailed profile can give the donors a better sense of who you are, helping you make a good impression. You can also earn as many bold points as possible to increase your chances of winning.

Military education statistics

By the Numbers:

  • In 2018, 75% of student veterans were enrolled as full-time students
  • In 2018, 62% of student veterans were first-generation college students
  • Veteran students have an average 54% completion rate, similar to the overall national average (53%) and noticeably higher than the completion rate of other adult learners (39%)

Top Fields of Study:

  • Business - 27%
  • STEM - 14%
  • Healthcare professions - 10%

Unfortunately, the transition from active duty military service to civilian life can be quite difficult, with very few soldiers returning home unscathed.

Approximately 58% of military service members reported a service-connected disability. That includes more than 20% of all military veterans who are diagnosed with PTSD, a psychiatric disorder triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.

These challenges can make it very difficult to hold down a job or to pursue a college or graduate school degree.

It has also been well documented that the Department of Veterans Affairs has struggled to meet the needs of our veterans, leading to many former military members going without desperately needed benefits.