Veteran and Military Scholarships for College
There are a couple of different ways that you can get your hands on military scholarships if you haven’t already served in the armed forces. For veterans, there are scholarships for you too! When you decide to commit a little bit of time to our nation’s armed forces, they will give you a free education.
Sound like something that you’d be interested in? Below are the different ways that you can get a military scholarship. Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter on the right hand sidebar to receive the latest military scholarship updates.
Your first decision needs to be which branch of service you’re interested in joining.
Each branch of the US armed forces has its own forms of education, scholarships, as well as requirements. It’s best to visit your local recruiter prior to signing up for college so that you can be well aware of your options when it comes to obtaining a military scholarship.
Once you understand what the branch of service you’re going to go to as well as what they offer in terms of education, you’ll be able to outline the steps that you need to take in order to pursue your educational goals.
The ROTC is another great way to get military scholarships
Depending on which branch of service that you’re interested in, you can usually get a free ride to college by joining up with the ROTC program of your choice. Here’s a quick reference for your convenience.
- Army ROTC Program – The Army offers a couple of different scholarship opportunities. The first one is to high school seniors who achieved high test scores. This scholarship is for four years. The second scholarship opportunity is 2 and 3 year scholarships for those who already went through a year of college previously.
- Air Force ROTC Program – The Air Force scholarships are two and four year college scholarships. With this military scholarship, factors like test scores, grades, participation, and leadership skills are taken into consideration. Once the candidate wins this scholarship, they will have to sign a commitment to serve in the Air Force or Air Force Reserve in exchange for the student’s education.
- Navy ROTC Program – The Naval ROTC program serves the Marines as well as the Navy. These are two year and four year scholarships, other educational opportunities may exist, but would have to be discussed with your commanding officer. Your minimum amount of time that will need to be served is usually around 8 years.
Keep in mind that Army scholarships are only obtained by signing onto active duty or going through one of the Army reserve programs. The length of duty that is required varies dependent upon which military scholarship you’re awarded.
Last but not least, scholarships for veterans are also available
If you have served in the military, the government will still take care of you. You would have to contact your local legion to find out what college scholarships you could be eligible for.
Also, if you’re the family member of someone that’s active in the military, you could be eligible for a scholarship as well. Contact your college for more information about the requirements for military scholarships for the family of their active members.