School Soldiers: Veteran Scholarships Worth Checking Out

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In honor of the brave men and women who have served our country, there are a number of veteran fellowships available. Returning to school (or for some, attending for the first time) is a path many soldiers choose to pursue. There’s no better place to start your search for financial assistant than here.

1. American Legion Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund
Brave Army ManThis particular service exists to help registered nurses receive training to supervise, administer, or teach. To be eligible, a candidate must have a position in a medical environment lined up, and once the position is secured, it must cover pediatric lung and respiratory control. This award is worth $3,000 and accepts applicants year-round, though the annual deadline is May 15. Winners are announced on July 1.

 2. Tillman Military Scholars
Pat Tillman Army scholarships are intended to help augment the benefits provided by the GI Bill and to help cover tuition, fees, books, room-and-board, and child care where applicable. To be eligible, one has to be either a veteran or an active service member currently enrolled as a full-time student and presently needing more benefits than the GI Bill can provide. Dependents are also potentially available for this bill, and the fellowship can be renewed depending on academic performance and civic work.

3. VA Mortgage Center Education Scholarships
This fund is awarded biannually, is worth $1,500, and is intended to help army personnel's enrolled in school pay for their education. To be eligible, one must be a current or prospective ROTC student, active-duty military personnel, an honorably discharged, or a dependent of a veteran or active-duty army member. This is an essay contest, and past essay prompts have covered topics such as how the experience will prepare students for their careers.

4. VFW Military Family Scholarship Program
 This one provides 25 individual aid, worth $3,000 each, to VFW members who are either currently serving or discharged before the yearly deadline, December 31. It is awarded to each branch of the military and require you to complete a simple entry form and answer what you will use the money for if you’re selected. The VFW describes the reward as being intended to fund "education and training."

5. Horatio Alger Military Scholarship
The Horatio Alger group offers up to $5,000 for veterans of either Afghanistan or Iraq to cover the costs of either on-campus or distance learning at the collegiate level. To apply, you must be a US citizen, have financial need, and prove your intention to complete a college program towards getting a degree.

GI Bill Education Benefits6. AFCEA Freedom Scholarship
This organization offers awards of $2,500 to members of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom either in active-duty or honorably discharged. Those actively pursuing certain majors at certain two and four-year schools in the United States are eligible, though some distance and online programs are also acceptable. It is given out biannually to technology, engineering, or aerospace-related majors; letters of recommendation are also necessary, as are transcripts of academic performance in that field.

7. Troops to Teachers
Troops to Teachers offers aid to former officers looking to become educators in high-poverty schools. The program provides certification and licensing to allow former servicemen to become teachers in elementary, secondary, vocational or technical school. Eligibility is determined based on individual performance and academic history, with preferences given to servicemen who have already completed at least some undergraduate or vocational work. Rewards vary between $5,000 and $10,000.

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