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 = March (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).


Hammer Family Scholarship and the Marines Memorial Tribute Scholarship –

Deadline = April 23 (may vary from year to year)

Eight (8) Hammer Family Scholarships are available in the amount of $5,000 each. All eligible U.S. Veterans who wish to study in the fields of Math, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering (Aerospace, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Materials, or Mechanical) are welcome to apply. James and Linda Hammer are Benefactor Members of the Marines’ Memorial Association and are eager to assist student Veterans committed to advancing their education.

Four (4) Memorial Tribute Scholarships are available in the amount of $2,500 each. The Memorial Tribute Scholarship is available for military personnel leaving full time service and entering an undergraduate college program. All US military personnel who have transitioned from Active Duty to reserve or civilian status within the past 3 years may apply.


$5,000 Subsance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness in Veterans Scholarship –

Deadline = May 1st

This $5,000 scholarship requires writing an essay that describes some of the mental health and substance abuse issues that today’s veterans my suffer.

The Eligibility Requirements to Enter Include:

  • 18 Years of Age
  • Any Veteran or Active Member of the United States Armed Forces
  • Any Direct Family Member of a Veteran or Active Member of the United States Armed Forces
  • Available to Graduate and Undergraduate Students
  • Available to High School Students soon to be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the U.S


Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship –

Deadlines = June 1st (for Fall semester), or November 1st (for Spring semester)

Sentinels of Freedom offers Post-9/11 injured and wounded veterans scholarships while they pursue higher education as part of their transition to civilian careers.


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.