Great Military Scholarships for Active Duty Members and Veterans

The brave people that serve in the United States Armed Forces deserve gratitude and respect from the country they protect. Through offering scholarships and education programs to continue their education, we as a country can begin to thank veterans, active service members and their families for the sacrifices they have made to keep us safe.

Considering how grateful we are for our servicemen and women, it makes sense that there are hundreds of nationally available scholarships and education grants to help them start or continue their education at the college level. With so many options out there, it can seem overwhelming to choose which is the best for your or your family’s situation.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of 33 military scholarships for active duty members, veterans, their families and ROTC members to simplify choosing the best one. Be sure to check out the criteria for each to see if you’re eligible, and don’t forget to see which online college option works best for you!

Table of Contents:

  1. Scholarships for Active Duty Military Members
  2. Scholarships for Veterans 
  3. Scholarships for Military Dependents and Spouses
  4. ROTC Scholarships
  5. Federal Grants and Programs
  6. Best Online Colleges for Military Members and Veterans
  7. Additional Resources

Scholarships for Active Duty Military Members

If you are an active duty military member and are interested in funding college for yourself, there are many options available to you both from federal funding and nationally available scholarships. See which options you have, and then narrow down what you’re eligible for and what best works for you!

National Scholarships for Military Members

There are a number of nationally available scholarship opportunities for funding education, from smaller organizations to worldwide brands who want to help their servicemen and women start or continue their education. Read on for more information and eligibility requirements!

AFCEA War Veteran’s Scholarship

Award amount: $2,500 each

Scholarship details: This is an undergraduate-only scholarship that provides merit-based scholarships to active duty soldiers or honorably discharged veterans who participated in an Overseas Contingency Operation.


  • Must be studying an eligible STEM degree program at an accredited U.S. institution
  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled at and attending a four-year accredited institution
  • Applying as a sophomore or junior; cannot apply as a freshman, senior or the year you are graduating
  • Overall 3.0 GPA
  • Studying a C4I field-related to the mission of AFCEA
  • Was deployed in one of the following Overseas Contingency Operations:
    • Operation Enduring Freedom
    • Operation Iraqi Freedom
    • Operation New Dawn
    • Operation Inherent Resolve
    • Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

AMVETS Active Duty or Veterans Scholarship

Award amount: varies based on recipient 

Scholarship details:  Eligible to any active duty service member or honorably-discharged veteran, including Guard and Reserve.

Requirements: For more information on applying, as well as required documents, go to the AMVETS website.

Armed Forces Tuition Assistance

Award amount: varies based on recipient 

Scholarship details: This is an umbrella term for the tuition assistance offered to active duty service members in each branch of the military, including Reserves and National Guard.

The benefits and eligibility requirements vary from branch to branch, so reference or contact your exact branch for more information on eligibility.

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