By Julie Provost

10 scholarship deadlines military families don't want to miss
(Photo: U.S. Navy photo, Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew C. Duncker/Released)

Although it is only January, military families with college plans are already thinking about the 2017-2018 school year… and how to pay for it. The good news? There are quite a few military spouse, child, and veteran scholarships that can help cover the cost.

Here are 10 scholarship deadlines that are coming up soon:

MOPH Scholarship Program

This program awards 80 scholarships to Purple Heart recipients and their spouses, children, and grandchildren each year. The funds can be used for tuition, books, incidental fees, room and board, and other direct costs associated with higher education. Applications are due January 27, 2017 at 5 pm EST.


This scholarship is for dependent children, age 24 and under, and spouses of U.S. military service personnel. They will be awarded $3,000 for educational expenses. Applications will be accepted between April 1 to May 15.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

This program is for interest-free loans and grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 per academic year for children of active duty, retired or deceased Sailors and Marines, spouses of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines and MECEP or MECP students. The funds are only for tuition, books, fees, room, and board and based on financial need. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

This program is need-based for dependent sons and daughters of Air Force members, spouses of active duty members or surviving spouses of Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status. The grants are between $500 to $4,000. The application is due March 10, 2017.

MG James Ursano Scholarship

The MG James Ursano Scholarship program is a need based program for the children of Army soldiers to help them gain their first undergraduate degree. The amounts vary each year. They accept applications from January 17,2017 until 3pm EDT on 1 April 2017.

Fisher House Scholarships for Military Children

This scholarship is primarily funded through manufacturers and suppliers whose products are sold at military commissaries. 700 scholarship grants for $2,000 each will be awarded to dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active military duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military. Applications are due on February 17, 2017.

Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship

This scholarship awards up to $5,000 to qualified applicants who are service members or veterans covering tuition and fees only and will be paid directly to accredited schools. The deadline for fall semester scholarship applications is April 30, 2017.


The AMVETS Scholarships are available to veterans, active duty, Guard/Reserves, and children/grandchildren of veterans, active duty, Guard/Reserves who are currently high school seniors. The scholarship of either $4,000, $3,000, or $1,000 can be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate courses, graduate courses, accredited degree or certificate programs or online educational programs. Applications will be taken starting January 18 with a deadline of April 30, 2017.

NMFA Scholarships

The National Military Family Association awards an average of $500 for career funding and $1,000 for degrees as well as offering other professional funding. They are available for those who are married to an active duty, reserve, guard, retired, medically retired, wounded or fallen service member since September 11, 2001. Applications are open from October 1 through January 15, 2017.

Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship is for dependent unmarried children under age 23 of military members who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. Applications are due March 17, 2017.