Don’t miss these 10 last-minute 2017 scholarship deadlines for the mil community
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By Julie Provost

Time is running out! Whether you are planning to send a child to college this fall or you or your spouse is going to go, you will need to apply for these scholarships soon. You don’t want to miss out on these last-minute deadlines.


This scholarship is for the children or grandchildren of veterans or active duty members. They must be a high school senior and the money can be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs, graduate programs, accredited degree or certificates, and online programs. The award will be $4,000 for college or $1,000 for the JROTC scholarship. Apply by May 1.

2. Army Scholarship Foundation

In order to qualify for this scholarship, you need to be a child of a current or former Army service member or a spouse of a current Army service member. Donations determine the award but the average is $1,000. The scholarship is open to families who make E9 pay or below, although there is a consideration for those with additional children in college. Apply by April 15.

3. ThanksUSA

For this scholarship, you need to be a dependent child (age 24 and under) or a spouse of military personnel. The award will be $3,000 for educational expenses, and you will need to have a 2.0 GPA. Applications can be submitted between April 1 and May 15.

4. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

This scholarship is for interest-free loans and grants from $500 to $3,000 per year. Children of active duty, retired or deceased sailors and Marines, spouses of active duty and retired sailors and Marines, and MECEO or MECP students can apply. The money has to be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board. This scholarship is based on financial need and you will need to have at least a 2.0 GPA to qualify. Apply by May 1.

5. Sports Clips Help a Hero

This scholarship is for retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or members of the National Guard or Reserves, E5 or below. The award can be up to$5,000 and should be used for tuition and fees only. Apply by April 30.

6. Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association

For this scholarship, you will need to be a child or a grandchild of active duty, reserve, retired, deceased, or honorably discharged Seabees. You should be a high school student or a graduate and use the money for a two or four-year college degree program. This is based on financial need, scholastic record, citizenship, and leadership. The grant amounts vary from year to year. Apply by April 15.

7. Interior-Deluxe Scholarship Program

This is a $1,500 scholarship for those 16 and up. The most impressive applicants will be considered. When applying you will need to show how a college education will make a difference to your life and how you will use your degree. Apply by May 15.

8. All About Education Scholarship

This scholarship is for $3,000 for ages 13 and up. You must be currently enrolled or enrolled no later than 2023 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. You will need to submit a response to the question, “How will a 3K scholarship for education make a difference in your life?” Apply by April 30.

9. Blue Kangaroo Military Scholarship

For this scholarship, you must be a current or previous service member in any branch of the military or be a spouse of an active or retired military service member. The award is for $1,000, and you must be enrolled in a Fall 2017 undergraduate program. You also need to have a 3.0 or higher GPA and be involved in a community project or program. Apply by May 31.

10. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

This unique scholarship is for $5,000 for higher education or a service project. There will be ten winners, and you need to be between the ages of 8 and eighteen to apply. Applicants need to show leadership and courage in developing and implementing an extraordinary service project. They need to be currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so in the last 12 months. Apply by April 15.

Julie Provost is an associate editor at Military One Click and a National Guard spouse. She can be reached at