Scholarships for spouses

Scholarships for spouses

by Complied by Genevieve Northup
Stripes Europe

Fund your future with merit- and need-based financial assistance. These are just a few of the scholarships available to military spouses.

Air Force Aid Society Merit Scholarship
Eligibility: Freshmen who meet requirements and complete both phases of Arnold Grant application.
Amount: $5,000

Air Force Association Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship
Eligibility: Spouses of Air Force active duty or reserve, Air National Guard and Department of the Air Force civilians enrolled in degree program with GPA of 3.5+.
Amount: $2,500

American Military Retirees Association Sergeant Major Douglas R. Drum Collegiate Scholarship
Eligibility: Current members of AMRA, spouses, dependent children or grandchildren who are in a full-time two or four year undergraduate degree-granting program. Must be pursuing a degree as an accredited college or university.
Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Army Emergency Relief Spouse Education Assistance Program
Eligibility: Spouses of active duty or retired soldiers and widow(er)s of soldiers who died while on active duty or retired status.
Amount: Varies
Application dates: Jan. 2-April 1 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Army Scholarship Foundation
Eligibility: Requirements vary by scholarship
Amount: $500-$2,000

Folds of Honor Scholarship
Eligibility: Children and spouses of servicemember who has been killed or disabled with a service-connected disability of at least 10%, received a Purple Heart, is MIA/POW and more
Amount: Varies

GEICO Federal/Military Scholarship at University of Maryland University College
Eligibility: Spouses and children of federal employees in grades GS-1 through GS-15 or active duty, National Guard, reserve and retired servicemembers.
Amount: $1,000

Hope for the Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships
Eligibility: Spouse or caregiver of U.S. servicemembers injured or killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom
Amount: Varies

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Eligibility: Spouses/children of active duty servicemembers who died on duty after Sept. 11, 2001
Amount: Tuition and fees, book stipend and housing allowance

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
Eligibility: Spouses of E1-E5, O1-O2 and W1-W2 seeking license, certification or associate’s degree in portable career fields
Amount: up to $4,000

Non Commissioned Officers Association Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: Dependents of NCOA member
Amount: Varies
Application dates: Jan. 1-March 31 each year

Salute to Spouses Bryant & Stratton College Online
Eligibility: Spouses of active duty U.S. servicemembers enrolling at Bryant & Stratton
Amount: $6,000

Salute to Veterans Scholarship at Western Governors University
Eligibility: New applicants; veterans and veterans’ spouses
Amount: $2,500

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program
Eligibility: Spouses/children of veterans who are permanently disabled, missing in action, captured by hostile forces or detained by foreign government while in line of duty
Amount: Varies; applies to job training, certifications, college education, vocational/technical programs, tutoring

Eligibility: Spouses and children of U.S. servicemembers
Amount: Varies
Application dates: April 1-May 15, 2017

Scholarships through The National Military Family Association and Partners
The National Military Family Association offers scholarships for military spouses. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 and are authorized to cover expenses associated with college degrees, certification programs and professional licensing. Applications are accepted every December and January. 

NMFA also partners with other organizations to offer scholarships. To qualify, you must be a registered NMFA military spouse. Sign up at For an up-to-date list of assistance available, visit

For additional research grants, loans and scholarships, visit Also check with your learning institution’s financial aid office for military family benefits. 

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