Student Veterans, current Service Members, and families of Service Members and Veterans should start looking at financial aid through the U-M Office of Financial Aid.

There you will find how to apply for university scholarships and grants, federal grants and loans, and public and private scholarships available to U-M Students.

Below are some private scholarships, that do not go through the Office of Financial Aid.

General Veteran and Dependent Scholarships

AHIMA Foundation Veterans Scholarship

The AHIMA Foundation Veterans Scholarship provides assistance for veterans and their spouses that are enrolled as a full time student in an accredited Health Informatics and Information Management Program.

American Veterans (AMVETS) Scholarships

AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, and their children and grandchildren. Children and grandchildren of deceased veterans are 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 degree.  Further information can be found at the AMVETS of Michigan website.

Armed Forces Communication and Electronic Association

Offers many scholarships and grants to foster educational opportunities in information management, communications and the “hard sciences” disciplines. It is specifically geared to support the development of engineers and technical personnel.

  • For Military Personnel only
  • For ROTC Cadets
  • For Students in the field of Education

Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships and Grants

The Coast Guard Foundation offers scholarships for dependents of Coast Guardsmen and grants for current enlisted members and their spouses.  Check program criteria for eligibility rules.

Fleet Reserve Association Scholarships

Fleet Reserve Association Education Foundation sponsors a scholarship program that helps deserving students by presenting awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Recipients are based on financial need, academic standing, character, and leadership qualities.  Service members and their spouses, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are eligible to apply.

Goedeker’s  Appliances Annual Public Service College Book Scholarship

The Goedeker’s Appliances Annual Public Service College Book Scholarship provides $500 for book fees to public service members and their immediate families.  Public servants are defined for this scholarship as: federal, state, and local government employees; police officers and firefighters; active duty military, reservists, and veterans; public school teachers; and employees of nonprofit organizations.

Michigan American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships

Five different scholarships offered for both traditional and nontraditional students.  Check the criteria for each scholarship for eligibility rules that include, but are not limited to, American Legion Auxiliary membership, age restrictions, and merit based metrics.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship Program

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Purple Heart recipients and their spouses, children, and grandchildren.  The program is competitive; see the website for additional information.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Provides a list of scholarships, grants and loans to service members and their families who were in the Navy or Marine Corps.

Pat Tillman Foundation

The Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education.  The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses.

Scholarships and Grants for Military Personnel and Veterans

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarships

The Army Women’s Foundation provides four types of Legacy Scholarships to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants, to help them attain their educational goals.  Applicants must be a woman, or the child of, who served or is serving honorably in the Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.

Air Force Association Scholarships

A variety of scholarships for veterans of the Air Force and their dependents and spouses.


GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard members to request Tuition Assistance online.  Users can manage their educational records, as well.

Leave No Veteran Behind Retroactive Scholarship

The Leave No Veteran Behind Retroactive Scholarship is given after higher education has been completed and student loans have been made because the Veteran was not covered under existing educational programs.  In return, all awardees commit to 100-400 hours of community service that leverages their military skills, civilian education, and lack of indebtedness to help solve the most pressing issues facing their communities.

National Guard Association of Michigan Tuition Grants

The National Guard Association of Michigan offers scholarships to National Guard members who wish to take classes at a trade school or university. Applications are reviewed twice a year, in June and November.

VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship

The VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt.  Scholarships of up to $5,000, restricted to tuition and fees, will be awarded to qualified applicants and are paid directly to the school.

Scholarships and Grants for Spouses and Dependents

Air Force Sergeants Association Scholarship and Grant Programs

The Air Force Sergeants Association and the Airmen Memorial Foundation conduct a scholarship program to financially assist the undergraduate studies of eligible, dependent children of the enlisted members of the Air Force.  Three scholarships and one grant are available; check each program for eligibility requirements.

American Legion Department of Michigan Scholarships

The American Legion of Michigan offers two scholarships for $500 for Michigan residents only. The American Legion also offers additional scholarships from $800 to $23,000.

Anchor Scholarship Foundation

The Anchor Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to eligible family members of active duty, retired, or honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel.

Army Emergency Relief Scholarships for Spouses and Dependent Children

Army Emergency Relief provides two scholarship programs for dependent children and spouses.  Both scholarships provide financial assistance for students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree.  Scholarship award amounts vary each year.

Army Scholarship Foundation

The Army Scholarship Foundation awards several one-year financial scholarships to qualified and deserving undergraduate students that are dependents or spouses of soldiers and honorably discharged Army veterans. The amount of award ranges from $500 to $2000.

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to unmarried children and stepchildren of members and retirees of the submarine force.  Check the website for additional eligibility criteria.

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program is competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors.  The amount awarded is dependent on each student’s particular level of need, with the highest levels of assistance going to the students who show the greatest need. Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 are awarded to selected children and spouses of Air Force members and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their full-time undergraduate studies.

This scholarship is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Lt. Col. Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti and was established for minor dependents of Air Force active duty, Reserve, or Air National Guard enlisted airmen pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields. The recipients will be selected based upon high academic standards, good character, and financial need.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest need-based scholarship organization supporting military families.

Mike and Gail Donley Spouse Scholarships

The Mike and Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship program is designed to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue higher education.

Military Officers Association of America Grants, Scholarships and Loans

MOAA offers various scholarships and grants, including no-interest loans, to children of military service members. Be sure to check the eligibility of each award since some are reserved for children of service members who have died or were permanently disabled as a result of their military service.

National Military Family Association Scholarships

The National Military Family Association Scholarships provide scholarships to military spouses, as well as resources for certifications and licenses and other educational needs such as GED, ESL, etc.

Navy League Foundation’s Scholarship Programs

Provides financial assistance to dependents and direct descendants of Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard service members.

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship is fully funded by contributions made by Veterans United Home Loans and its employees. The Veterans United Foundation created the scholarship to help service members’ families combat the increasing costs of higher education. Since the scholarship’s inception in 2012, the Veterans United Foundation has awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 65 students across this great country, studying a wide assortment of degrees.

Wings Over America

Wings Over America provides scholarships to dependent children and spouses of members of the Navy Aviation community pursuing their first undergraduate degree.

Scholarships and Grants for Surviving Spouses and Descendants

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Children of Fallen Patirots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to the children of military personnel who have died in the line of duty.  Visit the website for additional information.

Folds of Honor Scholarships

Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those killed in service to our nation.  Review the criteria listed on the website for additional eligibility criteria.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
Offers scholarships to children of those who suffered a 100% disability or who were killed during their time in the armed forces.

Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship

The “Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships” is open to dependent unmarried children under age 23 of those who have fallen in battle or become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. For this scholarship, a disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensation rating of 100%.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant provides grant money to children of service members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.  To be eligible, applicants must be under 24 years old and be ineligible for the Pell Grant due to  the applicant’s Expected Family Contribution.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Michigan Children of Veterans’ Tuition Grant
Public Act 248 of 2005 (Michigan Compiled Law 390.1341-1346) provides an annual undergraduate tuition grant of up to $2,800 for the eligible children of certain deceased military personnel or totally and permanently disabled veterans.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for post-secondary scholarships for every child who loses a parent serving in Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special operations. The foundation provides for, or identifies funding for, the full cost of public college education, including tuition, fees, room & board, books, tutoring, computer, printers and supplies.