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Scholarships for Veterans

This page provides a list of Internet Web sites that offer free online scholarship searches. Also listed are scholarships, grants, internships, stipends, and fellowship opportunities that are not administered through this department but are available to University of Nevada students.

BEWARE of people or organizations wanting to charge you for a scholarship or financial aid search. Scholarship and financial aid searches should ALWAYS be FREE!

The U. S. Department of Education offers good information and tips on how to spot a scholarship scam.

Search and Application Tips

  • Be creative in your search. You should investigate every possible affiliation you have such as organizations in your community, family associations, friends, employers, and religion.
  • Check the Matthewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Use relevant key words or phrases to search. For example: Scholarships; Fellowships; Grants-in-Aid; Endowments - Directories; Corporations - United States - Charitable Contributions.
  • Visit bookstores and other libraries. The reference section of any major bookstore or public library may also have scholarship books and additional information.
  • Start your research early. The sooner you begin organizing your information and resources, the better your chances will be that you will find scholarship opportunities.
  • Be involved. Scholarship committees look favorably upon applicants who participate in extra-curricular activities, volunteer or help others in some way. Become a member of the UNR Wolf Pack Veterans Student Organization.
  • Gather letters of recommendation. Many scholarships want letters of recommendation. Ask teachers, civic leaders, religious advisors, mentors, and business managers for written endorsements on their organizations stationery or letterhead.
  • Apply if you are qualified. Request applications for any scholarships for which you are eligible. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, don't waste your time applying. Use that time to perfect scholarship applications for which you do qualify.
  • Attach a cover letter. If the scholarship does not require an essay you can still attach a well-written cover letter summarizing your educational goals, your background and your accomplishments.
  • Create a checklist. Make notes of every piece of support material required by the scholarship. From the notes, make a list, then check the items on the list as you assemble the application.
  • Make photocopies. When your application is complete and ready to send off to the scholarship committee, make copies for your records. You may find them to be valuable as resources for future applications.
  • Meet the deadline. Scholarship committees do not accept late applications. Being late reflects poorly on your abilities, judgment, and potential.

Free Online Search Sites for Scholarship Information

University of Nevada Veteran Specific Scholarships

Anthony W. and Delores J. DeSio Scholarship

The University of Nevada College of Business is seeking qualified candidates for the Anthony W. and Delores J. DeSio Foundation Scholarship.
Candidates must fit the following criteria:

  • Recipients shall be students with U.S. military service pursuing a degree in the College of Business (declared pre-business majors accepted).
  • Recipients shall have a minimum 3.0 GPA and shall maintain a 3.0 GPA during the year they receive the scholarship.
  • Recipients shall be full-time students who register for a minimum of 15 credit hours and maintain full-time status for each semester they receive the scholarship.
  • First preference will be given to students who have finished their military service.
  • Second preference will be given to students who have not finished their military service but who have at least four semesters of community college of university education.

For more information please contact:
Kristen Kennedy
682-6490
kristenk@unr.edu
Award Amount: $2,500
Application Deadline: February 1

Other University of Nevada Scholarships

The University has many individual scholarships established by donors, alumni and friends of the University which are available to all students regardless of major or college affiliation. These awards are primarily offered to entering freshmen and may be renewed for their freshmen and sophomore years. A selected number of awards are offered to students in their junior and senior years. All awards are offered based on academic performance and the criteria established by the donor.
Award Amount: Amounts vary
Application Deadline: February 1

Outside Scholarships

The organizations listed in this section provide scholarship opportunities available to University of Nevada students that are not administered through the University.

A brief overview of the scholarship(s)' main requirement(s) follows each scholarship name. Click on the name to link to the organization's Web site for complete details and the application. Read the organization's requirements carefully.

Some of the scholarships link to application forms available in Adobe PDF format. To open these applications, you will need a copy of the free Acrobat Reader available from Adobe's Web site. If you have Reader, but find you are having problems, go to Adobe's Web site and download the latest version of Reader.

Most of the organizations listed offer scholarships every year, so if you missed a deadline, be sure to check back again.

Post-9/11 GI Bill: Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

What is the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship?

Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect. Eligible children attending school may receive up to the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under this program.

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants Program

One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
Award Amount: Amounts vary

American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Scholarship Program

  • Senior or first year graduate student leading to an engineering or physical science degree.
  • U.S. citizen.
  • Required membership in ASNE and an interest in a career in naval engineering.

Award Amount: Amounts vary
Application Deadline: February 16

Army Emergency Relief Scholarship Programs

Scholarship offered in three categories:

  • Dependent children of Army Soldier active duty, retired, or deceased.
  • Overseas spouse living with active duty Army Soldier.
  • Stateside spouse of Army Soldier active duty, retired, or deceased.

Award Amount: Amounts vary
Application Deadline: TBD

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

  • Applying for or accepted into a study abroad program for at least 4 weeks in one country.
  • Summer sessions not eligible.
  • Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Multiple minority race scholarships.

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic American
  • Cumulative 3.3 GPA.
  • Enrolled full time for the first time.
  • Demonstrated leadership through participation in community service or other activities.
  • Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.

Hispanic College Fund Scholars Program

Multiple scholarship programs. From one application, HCF will select scholarships that best match student's qualifications.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

One year, renewable scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

  • For children of Marines or Navy Corpsmen serving with Marines whose parent was killed in the War on Terror, and
  • For grandchildren of Marines whose grandparent must be a member of specific associations.
  • Continuing undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior.
  • Eligible family maximum adjusted gross income of $77,000 (adjusted if more siblings apply).
  • GPA at least 2.0.

Award Amount: $1000 to $10,000
Application Deadline: TBD

Military Education Scholarships

  • Current and prospective ROTC program students
  • Active-duty military personnel with plans to attend college
  • Honorably Discharged Veterans of the US military
  • Sons and daughters of Veterans or Active-duty military

Award Amount: $1500
Application Deadline: TBD

Military.com Scholarship Finder

This site provides search opportunity to find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community!

National Student Nurses Association

  • Admitted or enrolled in nursing program leading to a degree.
  • Enrolled in at least 6 units.
  • Involved in student nursing organizations and community health activities.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent residency status.

National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000.

  • Awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors).

"Shout It Out" Scholarship

  • Legal U.S. residents
  • Attending or will be attending an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

The Fund for Veterans' Education

The Fund for Veterans' Education will provide scholarships to help meet the cost associated with higher education for veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001 and who are now enrolled in college or vocational-technical school.

USA Funds-Access to Education Scholarships

  • Plan to enroll or are enrolled full or half time.
  • High school, undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Eligible study abroad institutions.
  • Annual adjusted gross family income of $35,000 or less.
  • Ethnic minorities to receive 50% of the awards.
  • U. S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Vanguard Scholarship Program

  • Entering senior year and enrolled full time.
  • GPA of 3.0
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • Member of racial minority.

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