Scholarships for Veterans and/or Their Families:
(in chronological order of deadlines)

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry Scholarship

The Fry Scholarship is an amendment to the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) that makes education benefits available to the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Like Post-9/11 veterans, eligible children attending school may receive up to the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under this program. Eligible children are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level and they have 15 years to use the benefit after their 18th birthday. The benefits may be used until their 33rd birthday. Children underage 18 cannot use this benefit even if they have completed high school. They are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

How to apply – Go to VA’s website, at the link listed above, and follow the instructions for submitting the application online.


Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship

Deadline = January 15

Applicant must be a woman who has served or is serving honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard or the child of a woman who served honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Go to the website listed above for the application information.


UConn Student Life Award

Willis N. Hawley Service & Leadership Award

Deadline = The end of February (for nominations)

This award ($1,000) recognizes individual student veterans who have made significant contributions to the University community through leadership and service during their tenure as a student.

Additional Award Criteria:

• Recipient(s) will have student veteran or reserve status.

• Recipients may be graduate or undergraduate.

• Recipients may attend any of the six UConn campuses.

• Recipient(s) will have demonstrated a commitment to raising awareness and actively advocating for veterans’ issues at the University.

• Recipient(s) will have demonstrated a significant contribution to the University community through involvement in initiative(s) that have had University-wide impact and is representative of the highest level of student leadership and involvement.

• Nominees must not have been on any form of academic probation during the past academic year.

• Nominees must not have been found in violation of any University policy during the past year.


Tillman Military Scholar

Deadline = The end of February (note: may change from year to year)

Eligible applicants include veteran and active servicemen (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve) of both pre- and post-9/11 service, and their dependents, who wish to start, further, or finish their education (especially those whose benefits have run out or exceeded need). Applicants may pursue undergraduate, graduate, two-year, four-year, public, private, vocational, and trade degrees or certifications. Applicants will be evaluated on unmet financial need, educational and career ambitions, length of service, record of personal achievement, essay question responses, and demonstration of service to others in the community and a desire to continue such service. Go to the website listed above to start your application.


The American Legion Legacy Scholarship

Deadline = April 15

Those eligible to apply for the scholarship shall be the child/children or legally adopted child/children or a child of a spouse by a prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty United States military and National Guard, and military reservists who were federalized and die on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. The applicant must be a high school senior or high school graduate to apply for the scholarship. Scholarship is for undergraduate study at an accredited institution of higher education within the United States. Go to the website listed above, for the application.



Deadline = April 15 (for all scholarships)

AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grand-children. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education. Go to the website listed above, for the application(s).


Veteran Hero Scholarship

Deadline = July 3rd

The team at Course Hero Inc. values military members’ service to our nation. In recognition of what our nation’s service members and their families have contributed and sacrificed for our country, Course Hero Inc. offers a $5,000 scholarship upon a hard-working U.S. college student who is an active duty service member, a veteran, or a spouse or child of an active duty or retired service member.


SVA (Student Veterans of America) Scholarships –

Deadlines = Varies throughout the academic year

SVA is thrilled to offer several scholarships, totaling more than $160,000, through the help of corporate partners, including General Dynamics, Google, NBCUniversal, PNC, Disney, and BP.  The deadlines vary throughout the academic year.


UConn Education Abroad Scholarships for U.S. Armed Forces Veterans –

This UConn Education Abroad scholarship is available to UConn students committed to study abroad programs who have served or continue to serve in our Armed Forces and are registered with UConn Veteran’s Affairs and Military Programs. Veterans will be automatically awarded $2,500 in scholarship support if they commit to a semester-long study abroad program and $1,000 if committed to a summer program. There is no application for this scholarship; students just need to indicate their veteran status on their study abroad application. This scholarship can be applied to the costs of any type of UConn-approved study abroad program and can cover Program Fees, Study Abroad Fees, tuition, and other study abroad-related costs as long as they are billed through UConn.


Gilman-McCain Scholarship –

Deadlines = Rolling Basis (see website)

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active-duty military who are in the process of applying to, or accepted for a study abroad or internship program.  Any interested students at UConn who may be eligible for this award should also contact the Education Abroad office at UConn for assistance with this scholarship application.