Military dependents are the spouse(s), children, and possibly other familial relationship categories of a sponsoring military member for purposes of pay as well as special benefits, privileges and rights.

ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, ROTC can pay for your college tuition, too.


The scholarships listed below are for the children, grand-children, immediate family of an active duty or veteran of the military, and students who have gone through the ROTC program. Many of the scholarships listed below are for dependents, although many ROTC scholarships are still listed below.

Adrian and Corena Swanier Education Scholarship: The Adrian & Corena Swanier Education Scholarship was established in 2010 to recognize the contributions and provide educational assistance for our Military Children. This program will award a $1,000 Scholarship for use towards a four-year degree, vocational, or technical certificate. Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled as a full-time student) to one of the following: active duty personnel, military veteran, National Guard Reserve, or Air National Guard. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be enrolled in an accredited college full-time, or plan to attend an accredited college towards a four-year degree, vocational or technical certificate in the upcoming fall term.

AFAS General Herny H. Arnold Education Grant Program:The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program is the centerpiece of AFAS education support. The application process for the Arnold Education Grant serves as the platform for other key education support opportunities at the Society.  The “Hap” Arnold Education Grant is competitive in its needs-based selection criteria and is uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education costs.Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 are awarded to eligible Air Force dependents each year. The specific amount awarded correlates to a student’s particular level of financial need. AFAS education support is available to dependent sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 Guard performing full-time active duty, retired, retired Reserve and deceased Air Force members, as well as spouses of active duty and Title 10 Reservists, and widows/widowers.

A. Neumann & Associates Scholarship – This scholarship is available to all students enrolled at a US based college or university, regardless of their country of origin or nationality. Requiring a short essay on an annual basis this scholarship is well worth getting, given the dedication of the organization.

Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program – The purpose of the Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) is to provide partial tuition assistance for spouses of Active Duty airmen or officers, who accompany members to overseas locations and will be attending college programs. The focus of the program is on the completion of degree or certificate programs that provide increased occupational opportunities for spouses.

American Legion – For the scholarships offered by the American Legion membership is required, either by the student or a relative. These scholarships are military based but with membership anyone can apply.

American Legion Auxiliary – For the scholarships offered by the American Legion membership is required, either by the student or a relative. The scholarships for this branch of the American Legion are specifically for dependents, either child or grandchild of a member or veteran.

AMVETS – Many of the scholarships offered by AMVETS are branch specific, but those offered have at least one for every current branch. The scholarships provided are also time sensitive.

AMVETS Scholarships – AMVETS annually awards scholarships to Veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren.  A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased Veteran is also eligible.

Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association – This program has a focus on information technology, cyber-security, telecommunications. and electronics supporting the defense, homeland security, and intelligence communities. The foundation, in conjunction with AFCEA chapters worldwide, provides more than $2 million in scholarships a year.

Army Emergency Relief – A scholarship for the child of an Army soldier or Veteran. Any student that meets the eligibility for this scholarship can receive up to 4 years with it, although the student has to reapply for the scholarship yearly.

Army Emergency Relief: Dependent Children Scholarship Program – The MG James Ursano Scholarship program is for dependent children of Soldiers on federal active duty, retired, or deceased while in active or retired status.

Army ROTC Minuteman Scholarships – Army ROTC scholarships help you focus on earning your college degree, not on worrying how to pay for it.

Army Women’s Foundation – The Army Women’s Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals.

Coast Guard Exchange System – The Program provides scholarship to students who are dependents of Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and military retired members, current civilian NAF and APF employees, and current Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Coast Guard Foundation – The grants provided here require a family member be active duty or a veteran of the National Guard, and provide educational assistance to their dependents and their spouses.

Fisher House Military Family Scholarships – The provided here are for the benefit of military families whom are looking for scholarships either for the veteran/active military member themselves, spouses, or their children.

Folds of Honor Foundation – Folds of Honor Foundation (FHF) provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of Service Members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation. Our unique scholarships can be applied to schooling now or held by Folds of Honor on behalf of young children until needed at the time of enrollment.

Hoshizaki Ice Maker Scholarship – An annual scholarship for spring and fall semesters to benefit students involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused fields of study. An award of $1000 will be sent to the office of Financial Aid of the winning applicant’s institution, funds may be used for tuition, books, food, etc at the applicants discretion.

Marine Corps Tanker Association – Applicant must be a child, grandchild, or under guardianship of a Marine Corps Tanker who was or is active, reserve, retired, or honorably discharged, who served in a MARINE CORPS TANK
UNIT. The applicant’s sponsor must be a member of the MCTA or, if the application is accepted,
the sponsor must join the MCTA. Applicant may also be a Marine or Navy Corpsman currently
serving in a Marine Corps Tank Unit.

Military Dependents Scholarship – The (MDS) is a military scholarship for the spouse and/or dependents of military veterans. To receive this scholarship opportunity the veteran must be 100% totally and permanently disabled as a result of, or during military service OR labeled as MIA/KIA.

Military Children Scholarship – The scholarships provided by the Fisher House Foundation are legacy scholarships meaning that they are for the family member of any active duty or retired military. Listing dozens of scholarships yearly the Fisher House Foundation are proud to support military family.

Military Officers Association of America Scholarships and Grants – Visit the MOAA Scholarships and Grants site for information on a variety of different scholarships, grants and interest-free loans.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarships – The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship is available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a Veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.

National Guard – The scholarships offered through the National Guard are for those who join this branch of the military. Many of the scholarships provided are for getting your BA or BS before any service obligation, but many more are offered after service.

Navy Engineering Scholarships and Careers – Offers a great technology and engineering degree for those willing to commit to a service obligation.

Navy League of the United States – Currently, the Navy League Foundation has a total of 25 endowed scholarships. Navy League Councils across the United States provide additional scholarships to students and Sea Cadets in their cities and regions.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society – Visit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Programs site for a listing of education programs available to help eligible Navy and Marine Corps families pursue their academic goals by providing a source of education financing.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society  – Visit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Programs site for a listing of education programs available to help eligible Navy and Marine Corps families pursue their academic goals by providing a source of education financing.

Navy Medical Scholarships – These Scholarships require a 2-4 year service obligation after use, but fully pay tuition for a 4 year degree in a pre-decided field. The scholarships here range from health care services, engineering, and aviation.

Retired Enlisted Association The Retired Enlisted Association’s (TREA) National Scholarship program. TREA members are proud to be able to offer these scholarships to our Nations high school student. The program is open to any high school student.

(SR)Education Group: Providing over $200,000 worth of scholarships since 2010 this online resource for education is well worth a look, they offer several scholarships both civilian and military based. Dedicated to the education of students traditional and Non-traditional, the SR Education Group is a motivated and reliable resource for scholarships along with general college information.

Student Veterans of America – The SVA have a multitude of scholarships for every branch of the armed forces, and their dependents/spouses. – ThanksUSA is a proud provider of need-based scholarships for veterans, their dependents, and spouses. Need-based scholarships being vocational and technological based, for specific degrees.

Thanks USA Scholarships – All dependent children, age 24 and under (as of the application deadline), and all spouses of active-duty U.S. military service personnel are eligible to apply for scholarships with ThanksUSA®.

U.S. Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides need-based scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who attend college or career training. Our mission is simple: We Honor Marines by Educating Their Children. To learn more visit:

VA Mortgage Center Scholarships – An ongoing scholarship offer for students with military affiliation, ROTC, and children of military members.  Each semester, three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to the winning students.