Resources for Using Your VA Education Benefits, and Other Financing Options
You may or may not be eligible for certain benefits based on your or a parent's military service that could cover some or all of the costs of your education, and even pay you a housing allowance and a stipend for books while you are enrolled in school. It's important to verify your eligibility and apply for these benefits through the VA, and explore some other possibilities for funding your education.
VONAPP (Veterans Online Application) - Enables service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for education benefits through the US Department of Veterans Affairs
GI Bill Comparison Tool - Learn about education programs and compare estimated benefits by school
Yellow Ribbon Program - The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers tuition costs at any public educational institution, but tuition at private educational institutions is normally above that cap. Some private institutions enter an agreement with VA under the Yellow Ribbon Program so that veteran student tuition and fees are all covered by the student's benefit.
North Dakota Dollars for Scholars
This program has approximately $100,000 in scholarships available to North Dakota students. Individual awards range from $500 to $2,500. Applicants must be from a North Dakota community with an active Dollars for Scholars chapter to qualify. Click here for details and the online application. Apply between 1 Jan and 1 Apr of each year for scholarships awarded in the following fall.
Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program
This scholarship helps fill unmet financial need of veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been applied by their school. Renewable awards of up to $7,000 per year are granted to assist with remaining tuition, books, room and board, and transportation costs as part of Wells Fargo's commitment to helping veterans succeed in the civilian job market. Apply annually before the 1st of March. For full details and the application, click here!
The Sanford Health Department of Veterans and Military Services is now accepting applications for the Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship. This is a $5,000 award honoring a veteran, guard/reserve, or active-duty military service member who possesses exceptional character and leadership in service, academics, and community involvement.
To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time student pursing a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree from an accredited U.S.-based institution of higher education. Deadline to submit applications is Aug 31, 2018. Click here to download the printable application forms, or call Sanford Health's Information Hotline at (800) 949-1848 for up-to-date information.
Tillman Scholar Program
Pat Tillman put a promising career in the National Football League on hold to serve his country following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2004, Pat was tragically killed while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. To honor his memory, Pat’s family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation to champion his causes. More than just a scholarship, the Tillman Scholar Program connects recipients of the award to a national support network and professional development opportunities to empower them to make an impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education, and the arts. The scholarship (average award of $10,000!) assists with academic expenses, and can be used for tuition and fees, living expenses, and books. Applications accepted each year between 1 February and 1 March for the coming academic year.
Raytheon Patriot Scholarship (US Army Veterans)
Named after Raytheon's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, two $10,000 scholarships are awarded each year to U.S. Army veterans that are attending full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. demonstrating commitment and passion for their field of study, and leadership and engagement within their community. A partnership between the Raytheon Company and Student Veterans of America. Apply annually by April 10th. See the website for eligibility and details.
Google/Student Veterans of America Computer Science Scholarships
Google, in partnership with Student Veterans of America, is offering eight (8) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each, to be awarded to student veterans or currently active duty members pursuing a degree in the field of computer science. Deadline to apply for the current cycle is 1 Nov 2018. You must be currently enrolled or intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited, four-year university in the United States for the 2018-2019 academic year, and pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field. Click this link for complete eligibility and application instructions.
Gene L. Kouba Memorial Scholarship Program
Sponsored by Adam Klein Chapter #3, Disabled American Veterans – North Dakota. Apply annually no later than March 15th. Awards of up to $1,000 for the coming school year to veterans or spouses/widow(er)s or unmarried children of veterans that are residents of Burleigh or Morton county, North Dakota. For additional qualification information and application form, click here!
Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) War Veterans Scholarship
Merit-based scholarships of $2500 awarded to active duty or honorably discharged veterans (including Reservists and National Guardsmen) who actively participated in either Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Iraqi Freedom (years 2004 - present) that are currently enrolled and attending classes at least part time pursuing an eligible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. For more details and to complete an online application, click here!
Bonsai Finance.com Veteran’s Scholarship
Veteran-owned, personal finance company awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a veteran, active duty member, or direct dependent working to earn their first bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Just complete the online application which includes a 500 word essay! Apply by the last day in September of the year; winner is announced the first week of November. Click here for details!
Veterans of Foreign Wars/Sports Clips Haircuts "Help a Hero" Scholarships
Awards of up to $5,000 to qualified applicants. Must have separated at or currently hold rank of E-5 or below and demonstrate financial need; visit the website for complete eligibility and application details.
$1,000 scholarship awarded twice a year to a veteran of any service attending or accepted by an accredited U.S. college or university.
A very full list of scholarships you can apply for. Sorted by category, but don’t limit yourself to looking in just the “Military” category! Check for other categories that apply to you: hobbies, age, field of study, life situations, etc.
Answer some questions about yourself and your situation, and be guided to a number of scholarships appropriate for you! Scholarships for Service is a free public resource for students of families with a military service background to search and access thousands of scholarship options. Every scholarship listed here is specifically tailored for active, guard and reserve military, Veterans, retired personnel or their families.
A categorized, comprehensive, and searchable database of scholarships.