While women make up less than 20 percent of those on active duty in the military and serving in the reserves or as part of the National Guard, they have not been forgotten when it comes to college scholarships. In addition to being eligible for standard military scholarship and educational opportunities through the GI Bill, a few organizations seek to provide scholarships to women on active duty and female veterans, along with women who are married to or are children of military members.
The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation offers Legacy Scholarships. The program is open to all active duty and veteran women who serve in the Army or Army Reserves and also provides scholarships to dependents of women who have served in the Army. Two scholarships are available through the program. The Community College Scholarship is worth $1,000 and the College/University Scholarship is worth $2,500. In order to apply for the scholarship, community college students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and college students must have at least a 3.0 GPA. All students must be currently enrolled in a degree program, with awards only available to college/university students in their junior or senior year.
Female active-duty or veteran military members with an interest in writing may apply for a scholarship through The Writer’s Center’s Ann Darr Scholarship. This scholarship covers the cost of taking a writing workshop through the organization. To apply, women must submit a cover letter describing their military experience and goals as a writer.
Through the ThanksUSA scholarship program, families of active duty military members have the opportunity to receive college scholarships. Military spouses may receive full-tuition or half tuition scholarships through the program. Dependents of military members may receive up to $3,000 in scholarships. In order to apply, applicants must submit a short essay outlining their education and career goals. In addition to the ThanksUSA scholarships, the organization also partners with Kaplan, an educational testing company, to provide additional scholarships for military spouses.