Scholarships for Military-Affiliated Students

Here is a collection of sites containing scholarship information specifically for military, veterans and their families. You can also check KU's scholarship resource page for more information and opportunities, as well as the Private and State Scholarships page.

We also highly recommend you apply for state and federal (FAFSA) financial aid, as you may be eligible for grants, including grants on top of any VA benefits. FYI, you can apply for state and federal aid beyond the priority deadlines, but it's recommended you meet the priority deadlines for the best chances at receiving any grants:

KU Military-Affiliated Scholarships

Student Veteran Scholarship 

PURPOSE: To recognize and financially assist student veterans, as well as those currently serving, who have demonstrated academic potential and superior leadership through their military and community service.

AMOUNT: $1,500 to $5,000. One-half of each scholarship will be dispersed to the recipient per semester.

ELIGIBILITY: The scholarships are open to current full-time KU students in good academic standing or newly admitted students for the Fall 2019 semester, in one of the following categories:

  • Honorably discharged service member/veteran
  • Current service member (Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard)

APPLICATION: Scholarships are awarded according to military service, academic merit, community involvement, and financial need. Applicants must provide the following in their application:

  • Personal narrative: Provide a one-page summary discussing 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 military service, e.g. duties performed, areas where you demonstrated leadership, deployments/duty stations, awards/distinctions, etc. – include any pertinent information not included in your personal narrative. 
  • Summary of activities and achievements: Provide a one-page summary describing your recent involvement with any community service, extra-curricular activities and leadership experience. Please list any elected positions or offices held in any organizations.
  • Resume
  • Personnel record/DD-214/NGB Form 22(excluding or redacting social security number is recommended)

HOW TO APPLY: Applications for the 2019-20 academic year closed March 31. Please check back in early 2020. 

Wounded Warrior Scholarship

PURPOSE: To help provide higher education opportunities for those whose lives have been altered due to injury or illness while serving in the military.

AMOUNT: Up to $10,000/year. One-half of each scholarship will be dispersed to the recipient per semester.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to current KU students in good academic standing or newly admitted students for the Fall semester, in one of the following categories:

  • 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.
  • Military service: Describe your/your sponsor’s military service, how the injury/illness occurred and how this has impacted your life – include any pertinent information not included in your personal narrative. 
  • DD-214/personnel record or DD-1300 “Report of Casualty” (excluding or redacting social security number is recommended)
  • Veteran’s percentage letter or disability rating letter from the VA, if applicable.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications for the 2019-20 academic year closed March 31. Please check back in early 2020. 

Military Family Scholarship

PURPOSE: To recognize and financially assist spouses and dependents of current military and prior-service veterans.

AMOUNT: $500 

ELIGIBILITY: Open to current full-time KU students 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-page summary discussing your academic and professional goals and the extent of your financial need.
  • Summary of family’s military service: Provide a one- to two-page summary discussing your sponsor’s military service and how that has impacted your life, e.g. deployments/duty stations, something you’re proud of, their role in the service, your role in your family supporting their service, etc. – include any pertinent information not included in your personal narrative. 
  • Resume
  • Personnel record/DD-214/NGB Form 22(excluding or redacting social security number is recommended)

HOW TO APPLY: Applications for the 2019-20 academic year closed March 31. Please check back in early 2020.

 

Outside Scholarships

Scholarships and financial aid resources for undergraduates and graduate students

All Military Affiliations

Veterans/Military

Spouses

For undergraduates only

All Military Affiliations

Veterans/Military

Spouses & Dependents

Dependents

For veterans wounded/injured/disabled and their families and family members of deceased service members
Scholarships that require future service 
  • DOD SMART Scholarship Program – Scholarship to pay full tuition, housing stipend, health insurance, supply allowance, supplies summer internships and employment placement at DoD facilities upon degree completion. 

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