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A number of scholarships are available to families of service members. The resources below will help you find a scholarship that can help your children — and you — meet any academic objective.

Military and Family Scholarships

Scholarships for Military Children offers scholarships to children of active duty, Reserve, Guard, and retired military personnel. In its first 2 years, the program awarded 920 scholarships totaling nearly $1.5 million. A listing of education and scholarship links for spouses is available at

You may also want to use the scholarship finder at This site provides access to over 300 million in military scholarships and a School Finder to help you connect with a program that fits your educational goals.

Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program

The National Military Family Association (NMFA) is now sponsoring the Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program. The scholarships are awarded to Uniformed Services spouses (active, retired, Reserve, Guard, or survivor) to obtain professional certification or to attend post-secondary or graduate school for an academic year. Scholarships are normally in the amount of $1,000. The scholarship funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Funds are paid directly to the educational institution. The 2005 awards were made possible through a donation from General Dynamics and several individual donors.

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

The development and education of children from military families is the focal goal of the MCEC. A wealth of information on scholarships, financial assistance, and counseling is available online at the MCEC Web site.

Horatio Alger Military Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Military Scholarship was launched specifically for Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans. The Horatio Alger Association will distribute a total of $10 million in scholarships to honorably discharged American veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. To be eligible, veterans must have served in Afghanistan or Iraq in 2001 or later and must demonstrate U.S. citizenship, financial need, and the intent to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2005. Stars and Stripes reports that the $5,000 scholarships are to be paid directly to the schools in $1,250 increments over four years. More information on the scholarships and an online application are available at