PURPOSE: This is a series of scholarships to make college more accessible and affordable for military-affiliated students.
AMOUNT: Varies. From $1,500 to $5,000 a semester. Some are renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to current KU students on all KU campuses in good academic standing or newly admitted students for the Fall semester, in one of the following categories:
- Honorably discharged service member/veteran
- Current service member (Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard)
- Honorably discharged veteran of the uniformed services with DoD or VA disability rating associated with a combat or hostile-related injury sustained in the line of duty.
- Honorably discharged veteran of the uniformed services with a service-connected DoD or VA disability rating of 50% or greater.
- Purple Heart recipient, regardless of DoD/VA disability rating.
- The primary caregiver of a service member or veteran with a significant service-connected disability.
- Spouse/dependent of a veteran with a DoD/VA service-connected disability rating of 100%.
- Surviving spouse or dependent of a service member who died in the line of duty or a service member/honorably discharged veteran who died as a result of service-connected disabilities.
APPLICATION: Applicants must provide the following in their application:
- Personal narrative: Provide a one-page summary discussing about your academic and professional goals and the extent of your financial need.
- Summary of military service: Provide a one- to two-page summary discussing your/your sponsor’s military service (any information not included in your personal narrative)
- If you/your sponsor has a service-connected disability, include how the injury/illness occurred and how this has impacted your life.
- If there is no service-connected disability of 50% or greater, include information like duties performed, areas where you demonstrated leadership, deployments/duty stations, awards/distinctions, etc.
- One of the following: Personnel record/DD-214/NGB Form 22/DD-1300 “Report of Casualty” (excluding or redacting social security number is recommended)
- If applicable: Veteran’s percentage letter or disability rating letter from the VA.
HOW TO APPLY: Complete application by April 7, 2021.
*Due to technical difficulties if you do not have a Veteran's percentage letter or disability rating letter from the VA please upload a blank document or something that indicates this is N/A for you.
Note: If you have never applied for a KU scholarship before, you must sign and date the general application, then re-click the scholarship link to get the full application.
TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED: Availability of each of these scholarships varies by year. Students will be considered for all that they are eligible for based on their submitted documents.
- Keener Family Scholarship
- Paul & Donna Peters Scholarship
- Heart of America Patriot Foundation Scholarship
- Delbert Moore Family Scholarship
- Bill & Shanthi Eckert Scholarship
- KAMO Adventures Scholarship
- Global Social Impact Scholarship
- Scholarships for wounded, ill, injured and their families – for those with service-connected disabilities, Purple Heart recipients, caregivers, spouses/dependents of those with 100% service-connected disabilities, and spouses/dependents of those who died in the line of duty or who died as a result of service-connected disabilities.
- Student Veteran Scholarships – for exceptional servicemembers and veterans, with an emphasis on those who are/were junior enlisted. These student veterans possess strength in character, academic excellence and exceptional growth as demonstrated by their military career.
PURPOSE: To recognize and financially assist spouses and dependents of current military and prior-service veterans.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to current full-time KU students on all KU campuses in good academic standing or newly admitted students for the Fall semester, in one of the following categories (*Post-9/11 GI Bill users at the 100% rate are not eligible for this scholarship.):
- Spouse/dependent of an honorably discharged service member/veteran
- Spouse/dependent of current service member (Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard)
APPLICATION: Scholarships are awarded according to academic merit and financial need. Applicants must provide the following in their application:
- Personal narrative: Provide a one- to two-page narrative discussing your academic and professional goals and the extent of your financial need, as well as how your military affiliation has impacted your life, e.g., something you’re proud of, how the military world has shaped your career aspirations, etc.
HOW TO APPLY: Complete application by April 7, 2021.
PURPOSE: To help provide additional money for veterans and current military for the purposes of books and tutoring.
AMOUNT: Up to $500.
ELIGIBILITY: KU veterans, Guard, Reserves and ROTC students are eligible thanks to a donation from the Spencer C. Duncan Make it Count Foundation.
APPLICATION: Applicants must fill out the online form below and provide additional documentation as requested.
HOW TO APPLY: Complete this online form.
DEADLINE: Applications for Spring 2021 are closed.
Women Marines Association Scholarship for women who served in the Marine Corps, have a family member who served in the Marine Corps, or have participated in a Marine Corps JROTC program. February deadline.
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant for Air Force dependents of active duty, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 Guard performing full-time active duty, retired, retired Reserve and deceased Air Force members, as well as spouses of active duty and Title 10 Reservists, and widows/widowers.
Anchor Scholarships for children and spouses of active duty, retired, and honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel.
Undergraduates only section (veterans):
AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship for veterans actively pursuing certification or licensure to teach STEM subjects. May deadline.
Family members of wounded/deceased:
Veterans United Foundation Scholarship for the surviving spouse or child of a deceased service member from a service-related death OR a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability.