SoldierStrong’s SoldierScholarship is a nonprofit for veterans program that represents our commitment to providing resources for veterans of our United States Armed Forces that evolve along with their needs. According to the Pew Research Center, there are now approximately 19 million military veterans in the United States. As our troops return from service abroad, higher education for veterans offers some of the best opportunities to thrive in civilian life and provide for themselves and their families. We’re a veterans nonprofit dedicated to helping men and women who are both retired and active duty service members.
The SoldierScholarship program is financial support for veterans that is open to all who defended our nation’s freedom and fought in the recent War on Terror (Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn). Our mission is to help provide financial assistance for veteran soldiers who are taking the next steps forward in their academic and professional careers and to fill any tuition gaps the Post-9/11 GI Bill may leave.
Current Education Opportunities
At this moment, we offer these four financial aid programs and college scholarships to which a veteran may apply. Our veteran scholarships program selection and eligibility requirements are based on a school’s ability to meet the specific needs of veterans’ education and their overwhelming support for student veterans, military spouses, and family members. Please check back, because in the coming months, we are working hard to add more and more university partners that support our troops by accepting our scholarships for veterans.
Meet Our SoldierScholars
Jose A. Baeza-Ruiz
Brian K. Fischer
Andraus L. Williams
MSG Edrena Roberts
Bonnie Lee Miley
Captain Samuel L. Orlan, US Army, Ret.
Staff Sgt. Antonieta Rico, U.S. Army
Eligible veterans of the United States Armed Forces applying for SoldierStrong’s military scholarship programs embody the strength of character and moral integrity cultivated during their time in our armed services. These American veteran scholars represent our future leaders, entrepreneurs, and job creators.
The impact they are destined to make on their communities and society at large will be profound and enduring, much like the impact they’ve made during their service to the nation. In their capacity as a representative for the SoldierStong Foundation and as a SoldierStrong Scholar, adherence to the following requirements is expected:
Requirements & Renewability
Annual funding renewability will be considered for most scholars based on:
– All criteria must be met in order to be renewed. A review of renewal status is conducted each June by the Foundation.
– Students who have to extend their expected graduation date must provide proof of extenuating circumstances.
– SoldierScholars are expected to maintain full-time enrollment in a U.S. accredited institution unless they are assuming part-time status during the semester they will graduate.
– Scholarship funding can only be used toward a single post-secondary degree.
Who can apply to become a SoldierScholarship?
Applying to the Program
To best prepare for completing the application form, an eligible applicant should have the following information available during the process: military service history, educational history, enrollment plans, and expected academic/living expenses and income for the upcoming academic year.
The following documents will need to be attached or included along with your completed application form:
- Documentation of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse. All discharged service members must provide their most recent DD-214. Active Reservist or National Guard applicants may provide alternate military service verification forms. Note: all submitted military service verification forms will undergo validation.
- A copy of your most recent school transcript (either high school, if no prior college experience, or college, if you have been enrolled in a college or university before)
- Résumé including education, work, public service history, recognitions and awards earned.
- All SoldierScholars applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for funding.