Scholarships For Military-Affiliated Students


Below is a collection of scholarships specifically for military-affiliated students.  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

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: Applications for the 2021-22 school year have closed. Please check back in early 2022.

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.

Amount: $500 

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. 
  • Resume

How to Apply: Applications for the 2021-22 school year have closed. Applications open Jan. 31 and close March 20 each year for the next academic year.

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. 

Purpose: To help provide additional money for veterans and current military for the purposes of books and KU tutoring services through the University Academic Support Centers.

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 the book/tutoring scholarship online application.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Free off-campus tutoring option

  • Tutor.com for DoD service members, civilian personnel, ROTC students and all dependent family members, is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost. Live tutors available 24/7.

VA-funded tutoring option

  • GI Bill users: The VA may cover tutoring in limited circumstances. Contact us for the process.
  • Ch. 31 VR&E users: Speak with your VR&E counselor for options.

 

Outside Scholarships & Financial Aid Resources

All Military Affiliations

Veterans/Military

Spouses

Dependents & Spouses

  • Anchor Scholarships – Children and spouses of active duty, retired, and honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel.

  • General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant – 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.
  • Navy Wives Club of America – Up to 30 scholarships awarded annually, with eligibility for spouses/dependents of the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. March deadline.

Dependents

  • The Society of Daughters of the United States Army – Daughter, granddaughter, stepdaughter, or adopted daughter of a career commissioned or warrant officer in the Army who is on active duty, retired after at least 20 years active duty service, was medically retired from active duty, or died while on active duty. March deadline

All Military Affiliations

Veterans/Military

Spouses & Dependents

Dependents