When men and women complete military service, there are a variety of scholarships to help them transition to college. But their children, who may have grown up with emotional stress and uncertainty, are another group that deserves financial support to pursue college dreams, too, some scholarship organizers note.
"It is important to acknowledge the sacrifices of our servicemembers who preserve our freedom, but that is not enough," the American Legion Auxiliary website says. "The sacrifices of the children of those who served should also be honored."
Below is a sampling of ways to pay for college, depending on what branch of the service your parent joined.
Air Force: General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program: The Air Force Society awards scholarship money to college students under the age of 24, if their parents are eligible. Awarded students receive $2,000 grants.
Army: Army Scholarship Foundation: Students enrolled in college or technical education programs may be eligible for $500-$2,000 scholarships. Scholarship recipients must have at least a 2.0 GPA, be younger than 24, and fill out the FAFSA, among other requirements.
Marine Corps: Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: If one of your parents served in the corps and you're a first-time college or career tech student, you may be eligible for one of these scholarships. For the 2012-2013 school year, the foundation awarded more than $6 million to eligible students.
[Read more about the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation scholarships.]
Navy: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: This joint program offers a variety of funding opportunities, including the NMCRS Gold Star Scholarship, offered to children of fallen sailors or Marines.
Navy League of the United States Scholarship Program: These scholarships are open to children of Navy members, as well as kids of Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps members. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Other military scholarships: AMVETS National Scholarship Program: AMVETS offers a variety of scholarships, ranging from $1,000-$4,000. Children and grandchildren of veterans, as well as vets themselves, are eligible.
Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship: Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of service members are eligible for these scholarships offered through the American Legion Auxiliary. Awards range from $2,500 to $3,500.
Fisher House Foundation: Students under 23 who are enrolling in a full-time college program and who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible for scholarships through this foundation. Parents need to be active duty or retired military.
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