Scholarships for Military Members

Scholarships for Military MembersScholarship Search Site for Military Members, Veterans, and Their Families

http://aid.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do

A note at the start: Military.com is not a government site. It’s owned by Military Advantage, a division of Monster International. According to the entry at Wikipedia, “the company’s main revenue streams are advertising, military-themed products and lead generation for military recruiters.” The site was created in 1999 with the aim of changing the way members of the military community stay connected and informed, and was acquired by Monster International in 2004 to further members’ educational and career opportunities. From a cursory tour through the site, it looks like it does just that without a lot of in-your-face ads and with a whole lot of interesting links, even for non-military people like us. If you’re affiliated with the military (in the service or a veteran, spouse, or dependent), this site has a mountain of decent-looking information for you, including an okay section on getting an education.

For specific scholarship searches, Military.com has a dedicated search engine. You don’t need to become a member of the site to use it, and your search results can’t be saved on the site so you’ll have to take notes. The profile form requests your email address, current education level, birth year, military affiliation and status (if you don’t have one, just select one from the drop-down menu), and ZIP code. The next page asks for your address and phone number to connect you with schools that have VA-approved programs. Unless you want to be contacted, skip this page and the featured schools and click on “See scholarships first.”

With our profile, we had 660 results returned. Granted, they weren’t very well targeted to our “dependent” status. But they also weren’t fluffy essay contests or drawings (although we did opt in for awards and prizes). By doing a slightly different search with a different ethnicity, we got 691 results, so do take advantage of the limited search parameters you’re given by filling in whatever information applies.

The scholarship results are all listed on one very long page. The results listing gives you the name of the scholarship, a brief description, an award amount, and the deadline month. Click on the name of the scholarship and you’ll go to the individual scholarship page, which adds details like contact information, website address, scholarship summary, and eligibility and application particulars. A caveat here. It doesn’t look like the scholarship details have been updated in a while. We came across a deadline of 2008 on one listing we saw. The scholarships that we checked do exist, but they are often on a different page on the sponsor site so the web addresses aren’t correct, and sometimes the deadlines are vastly different. Check the deadline on the scholarship application site before assuming the one given here is correct. (This is always good advice no matter what search site you’re using.)

The big drawback with Military.com’s scholarship search feature is that you will need to slog through all the poorly targeted results, some of them with rather esoteric and intimidating acronyms. Lest you despair and begin to think you’re not eligible for any of these scholarships, slog on! Not all the listings are for the military and their first-degree relatives. We ran across listings for grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans, as well as listings for students with no military affiliation at all. (As a potential bright spot, with all your scholarship results on one page, you can do a browser search with your own keywords and narrow the bandwidth.) Despite some of its problems and its seemingly limited audience, Military.com may well be worth the visit.

We give Military Scholarship Finder 3 out of 5:

3 Mortar Board Rating

Military Scholarship Finder Site Review

Military Scholarships FinderMilitary Scholarship Finder

http://aid.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do or http://www.military.com/ (Select “Education” tab and “Find Scholarships” link in the sidebar)

A note at the start: Military.com is not a government site. It’s owned by Military Advantage, a division of Monster International. According to the entry at Wikipedia, “the company’s main revenue streams are advertising, military-themed products and lead generation for military recruiters.” The site was created in 1999 with the aim of changing the way members of the military community stay connected and informed, and was acquired by Monster International in 2004 to further members’ educational and career opportunities. From a cursory tour through the site, it looks like it does just that without a lot of in-your-face ads and with a whole lot of interesting links, even for non-military people like us. If you’re affiliated with the military (in the service or a veteran, spouse, or dependent), this site has a mountain of decent-looking information for you, including an okay section on getting an education.

For specific scholarship searches, Military.com has a dedicated search engine. You don’t need to become a member of the site to use it, and your search results can’t be saved on the site so you’ll have to take notes. The profile form requests your email address, current education level, birth year, military affiliation and status (if you don’t have one, just select one from the drop-down menu), and zip code. The next page asks for your address and phone number to connect you with schools that have VA-approved programs. Unless you want to be contacted, skip this page and the featured schools and click on “See scholarships first.”

With our profile, we had 660 results returned. Granted, they weren’t very well targeted to our “dependent” status. But they also weren’t fluffy essay contests or drawings (although we did opt in for awards and prizes). By doing a slightly different search with a different ethnicity, we got 691 results, so do take advantage of the limited search parameters you’re given by filling in whatever information applies.

The scholarship results are all listed on one very long page. The results listing gives you the name of the scholarship, a brief description, an award amount, and the deadline month. Click on the name of the scholarship and you’ll go to the individual scholarship page, which adds details like contact information, website address, scholarship summary, and eligibility and application particulars. A caveat here. It doesn’t look like the scholarship details have been updated in a while. We came across a deadline of 2008 on one listing we saw. The scholarships that we checked do exist, but they are often on a different page on the sponsor site so the web addresses aren’t correct, and sometimes the deadlines are vastly different. Check the deadline on the scholarship application site before assuming the one given here is correct.

The big drawback with Military.com’s scholarship search feature is that you will need to slog through all the poorly targeted results, some of them with rather esoteric and intimidating acronyms. Lest you despair and begin to think you’re not eligible for any of these scholarships, slog on! Not all the listings are for the military and their first-degree relatives. We ran across listings for grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans, as well as listings for students with no military affiliation at all. (As a potential bright spot, with all your scholarship results on one page, you can do a browser search with your own keywords and narrow the bandwidth.) Despite some of its problems and its seemingly limited audience, Military.com may well be worth the visit.

We give Military.com 3 out of 5:

3 Mortar Board Rating

AFCEA Military Personnel Scholarships

AFCEA Military Personnel ScholarshipsAFCEA Military Personnel Scholarships

http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/WarVets.asp or http://www.afcea.org/ (“Scholarships” Tab and “Available Scholarships” from the drop-down menu; scroll down the page and select “Veterans/Disabled Veterans Scholarships”)

Award Amount: $2,500

Contact Info:  Mr. Fred H. Rainbow, Vice President and Executive Director, AFCEA Educational Foundation, 4400 Fair Lakes Court, Fairfax, VA 22033; phone: 800.336.4583; email: [email protected]

Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: US citizen. US Armed Forces and National Guard personnel either currently on active-duty or honorably discharged veterans or reservists who have served in either Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom. Sophomores, Juniors, and Senior Undergraduate students enrolled either part-time or full-time in an eligible degree program (online and distance learning programs are allowed). Students majoring in the following or related fields: electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering, computer engineering technology, computer information systems, information systems management, computer science, physics, mathematics, or science or mathematics education. Majors directly related to the support of US intelligence or homeland security enterprises with relevance to the mission of AFCEA will also be eligible. 

Requirements: Online Application, Certificate of Service or Discharge Form DD214, Official Transcript, 2 Letters of Recommendation

Note: This organization offers numerous scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate school veterans and military personnel who are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors or STEM Education majors. Be sure to spend some time checking out all their scholarships.