While the GI Bill® provides educational assistance to members of the
military, additional financial aid is always useful to cover gaps in tuition or
to help with living expenses.
Each branch of the United States’ Military supports a variety
of scholarship programs for the children and spouses of their
service-members. All of these programs have distinct eligibility
requirements, and interested students will want to thoroughly research
the programs to which they are applying. For a list of programs and
Throughout this page, you will find that there are many organizations
and groups eager to help with the educational expenses of active duty,
veteran, and military dependent students.
Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program®
The Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program is open to all high school seniors. You should apply no later than July 15 to your institution.
You must be a Maryland resident at the time of the application.
You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university, as a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student or attend a private career school. You must be: the son, daughter, stepchild, or the surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died as a result of military service or who suffered a service-connected 100% permanent disability as result of military service; a veteran who suffers a service-connected disability of 25% or greater, as a result of military service, and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits; the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania; a POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son, daughter, or stepchild and was a resident of this State at the time the person was declared to be a prisoner of war or missing in action; the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who died in the line of duty or who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty; or a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty; a veteran, as defined under § 9–901 of the State Government Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, who either suffers a service connected disability of 25% or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits; the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a school employee who, as a result of an act of violence either died in the line of duty or sustained an injury in the line of duty that rendered the school employee 100% disabled.
Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship
- A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed by March 1 each year;
- If a son or daughter of a veteran, a birth certificate showing the names of both parents;
- If a spouse of a veteran, a marriage certificate;
- Documentation of Chapter 33/Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits
- Documentation of military orders:
- United States Armed Forces - Active Duty: copy of current official military orders: documentation of service in Afghanistan/Iraq
- United States Armed Forces - Veteran: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
- United States Armed Forces - Reserve Component: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
- Maryland National Guard: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
Scholarships for Dependents of Veterans
The Depentents' Educational Assistance (DEA)
program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently disabled due to a service-related condition or of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community.
Scholarships for Dependents of Marine Corps
Dependents of Navy and Marine Corps Veterans or Active Duty
The Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors..
Active Members or Children of Members of the National Association for Uniformed Services