As a veteran or transitioning military servicemember, you may have some concerns about paying for all the expenses associated with college. While the majority of servicemembers and veterans use funds available to them through their Tuition Assistance or veterans benefits to pay for college, many are not aware of additional funds available through scholarships.
Millions of scholarship dollars go unclaimed each year because people believe they don't qualify for them. The truth is that there are many scholarship opportunities available to students based on merit and/or financial need through schools, nonprofit agencies, and corporate-based organizations.
At UMUC, we provide several scholarships specifically for active-duty servicemembers, veterans, and their family members. Popular scholarships include the following:
- Floyd G. Hildebrand Endowed Military Scholarship Fund is available to all active-duty servicemembers or veterans who have had an injury or illness related to their services. While preference will be given to servicemembers or veterans of the U.S. Air Force, all servicemembers and veterans are eligible to apply.
- Ed York Military Fund is available to active-duty servicemembers or veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
- GEICO Federal/Military Scholarship Fund is available to active-duty servicemembers, Reservists, National Guard members, or retired enlisted servicemembers seeking an undergraduate degree.
- General John W. Vessey, Jr., Scholarship Fund is available to active-duty servicemembers, Reservists, National Guard members, and members of their immediate family seeking an undergraduate degree.
- Major General James and Dorothy Freeze Scholarship Fund is available to active-duty servicemembers, Reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and their family members seeking an undergraduate degree.
Learn more about scholarship opportunities at UMUC.
You can also find many scholarship opportunities online from other sources. When searching the Internet, please be aware of any scholarships requiring a fee to apply. Popular scholarship search sites that you may want to explore include the following:
Most scholarships will include an application deadline date. Some of the deadline dates could be as many as six months prior to the start of the next academic school year, so it is recommended that you start your search as early as possible and submit your application as soon as the scholarship application date becomes available.
In addition to the scholarships administered by UMUC, you may also be eligible to apply for one or more of the following scholarship sources:
- Air Force Aid Society
The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant
- American Military Retirees Association
The Sergeant Major Douglas R. Drum Collegiate Scholarship
- Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton, Jr., Scholarship
- Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship
- Council of College and Military Educators
- Imagine America Military Award Program
- Military OneSource
- Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts
- National Military Family Association
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
- The Army Scholarship Foundation
- Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program
- Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship
Veteran Benefits Scholarship
- Maryland Higher Education Commission
Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program
At UMUC, we are committed to helping you find the resources you need to meet, manage, and reduce the cost of college education. Learn more about scholarship opportunities and how we can help you put your academic goals within reach.