Scholarships for Veterans

Veterans Victory Scholarship

National University

The Veteran Center is pleased to offer the Veterans’ Victory Scholarship to qualified applicants. The scholarship offers up to $5,000 based on academic or community achievement and financial need. The National University Veterans’ Victory Scholarship is considered a “last money” scholarship and is designed to supplement military GI Bill® Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 educational benefits when those benefits are exhausted during the current National University degree program. This scholarship is not intended to replace federal and state financial aid, employer tuition assistance, or student income and will only be used to help fund up to the last two to four courses in a student’s academic degree program, helping “bridge the gap” to degree completion. Concurrent receipt of the Veterans’ Victory Scholarship and Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 33, Chapter 35, or Active Duty Tuition Assistance is not allowed.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces

  • Be an active student enrolled at National University

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for Undergraduate Degrees.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 for Graduate Degrees.

  • Have completed a minimum of 18 units or four courses at National University

  • Not be in receipt of any VA Education Benefit (Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 33, and Chapter 35) or Active Duty Tuition Assistance

  • Not be in receipt of any other National University scholarship or discount

  • Must have exhausted Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 GI Bill Educational benefits (on current National University degree program)

  • Full-time employees of National University are not eligible for the Veterans’ Victory Scholarship

Eligibility Confirmation and How to Apply:

Interested student applicants should contact the Veteran Center Manager Karla Payne or the Veteran Center Coordinator Rudy Duero, in order to confirm eligibility and receive the most current scholarship application at Applications received without prior eligibility confirmation will not be considered for this scholarship.

Military Tuition Scholarship

National University

Military Tuition Scholarships of up to $2,500 are available to military personnel, including active duty, reservists, national guardsmen/ women, their spouses, and their dependents. The scholarship is intended to benefit educationally and economically disadvantaged personnel and their family members who have demonstrated financial need.

For active duty personnel to qualify, they must have exhausted the aggregate amount of their military tuition assistance. In order to determine financial need, an applicant must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be done online at The applicant must also submit a letter describing personal circumstances that make earning an education important. In making the awards, preference will be given to applicants seeking undergraduate degrees. Awards will be credited to a student’s account in increments up to a maximum of $500 per course toward tuition.

The application is available online through the student self-service portal. The letter describing personal circumstances should be sent to:

The Office of Scholarships
National University
9980 Carroll Canyon Road
Scripps Ranch, CA 92131

Collegiate Honor Award

National University

Tuition scholarships of up to $2,000 are available to students who have demonstrated exceptional scholastic achievement and are in need of financial assistance. To be eligible for this award, applicants must have completed 54 semester units at a U.S. regionally accredited community college or four-year college with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0. Awards will be credited to students’ accounts in increments, up to the maximum of $500 per course. The application form is available online through the student portal.

Transfer to Success Scholarship

National University

The Transfer to Success Scholarship is intended for California or Nevada community college students, or students from an approved out-of-state community college, who will enroll at National University directly from community college with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. The award will pay up to $5,000 and the admission fee will be credited to the student’s account. No formal scholarship application is required and funds are automatically awarded to qualified students.

To be eligible for this award, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be enrolling for the first time at the University

  • Be in good academic standing at the community college and have an incoming 2.0 grade point average at the time of application to National University

  • Have completed at least 30 semester units at an approved community college

  • Have completed their last semester at an approved community college within 24 months of applying

  • Be formally accepted to the University (All transcripts must be submitted within 30 days of applying)

Transfer to Success Scholarship funds will only be applied toward the tuition cost for academic coursework. The award will cover 50 percent of two courses completed within the first six months, and full tuition for the last two courses in the degree program.

This award applies only to courses governed by the University’s standard tuition rate. Good luck in your degree program.

NOTE: Students who qualify for the above scholarship are not eligible to receive other National University provided scholarships. Some federal financial aid, cohort, military or employer tuition reduction or reimbursement programs may affect eligibility. For questions, please contact the Scholarship Department at

Presidential Tuition Scholarship

National University

Presidential Tuition Scholarships of up to $2,500 are available to undergraduate transfer students in at least one of the following categories:

  • Educationally and economically disadvantaged persons who have been historically underrepresented at higher educational institutions (African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans)

  • Single parents with demonstrated financial need

  • Persons with a verified disability and financial need

Applicants must also meet all of the eligibility criteria listed below. They must:

  • Have an annual income below $18,000 for single applicants or $25,000 for a family of two or more

  • Demonstrate a cumulative college grade point average of 2.30 on a 4.00 scale

  • Have at least 56 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university

  • Apply for federal and state financial aid

  • Be an undergraduate student working toward a first bachelor’s degree

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Awards will be credited to students’ accounts in increments, up to the maximum of the full cost of tuition per course. The application form is available online through the student portal.

Tillman Scholars Program Pat Tillman Foundation

Pat Tillman Foundation

The Tillman Scholar program is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Veteran and active duty service members from all branches of the military including National Guard and Reserves who have served in pre- and post-9/11 service areas

  • Current spouses of veteran or active duty service members, including surviving spouses

Spouses, veterans and service members who apply must be a full-time* student pursuing one of the following degrees at a public or private, U.S.-based, accredited institution:

  • An undergraduate degree (or above)

  • A graduate or professional degree

*full-time as determined by the institution and program of study to which an applicant is applying

Strong applicants demonstrate clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential and a deep desire to create positive change. They believe their best years of service to our country are still ahead of them, and they are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world.

AMVETS' Scholarships


AMVETS Scholarship application for 2019 is closed

  • Two scholarships are specific to Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reserves:

    • The AMVETS Scholarship: $4,000 – ($1,000 awarded annually over four years). three (3) awarded each year.

    • The Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo* Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship: $12,000 –
      ($3,000 awarded annually over four years), two (2) awarded each year.

  • Two scholarships are specific to children/grandchildren of Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reserves who are currently High School seniors:

    • The AMVETS Scholarship: $4,000 – ($1,000) awarded annually over four years) six (6) awarded each year

    • The JROTC Scholarship: $1,000 – (one payment of $1,000), one (1) awarded each year (JROTC ONLY. Proof from JROTC instructor must be included with application.)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a United States Citizen

  • Must provide evidence of active duty status or veteran status having served honorably

  • Must demonstrate financial need

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED*

  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment to an eligible program

  • Must not be in default on a federal student loan

  • Must not be convicted under state or federal law for sale of or possession of illegal drugs

  • Must agree to authorize AMVETS to publicize your scholarship award, if you are selected

* if in a senior year of high school, provide copies of most recent transcripts

Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship Veterans of Foreign Wars


VFW and one of its major supporters, Sport Clips Haircuts, have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It's just another way to say "thank you" to those who deserve if the most. Please see below for full details on the scholarship program and to apply.

Here are the Details:

  • Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants

  • Limited to one per family per semester

  • Applicants may reapply each semester regardless of previous award or denial

  • Applications will only be accepted online

  • Applications for fall semester will be accepted January 1 through April 30 and applications for spring semester will be accepted August 1 through November 15

  • Scholarships will be awarded for spring semester in January and for fall semester in July

  • Scholarships must be used for the school semester for which the veteran is applying or they will become null and void

Scholarships are restricted to tuition and fees and will be paid directly to accredited schools



  • Be a citizen of the United States;

  • Be retired or honorable discharged veteran, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve;

  • Have completed Basic Training and follow-on training (Advanced Individual Training, Technical school, etc.);

  • Have or separated with a military rank of E-5 or below;

  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance;

  • Participate in, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a VA approved program or school at an accredited postsecondary institution;

  • If selected, authorize the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sport Clips, Inc. to announce and publish award of your scholarship. If awarded a scholarship, the recipient’s name, city, state, photograph and essay may be used for promotional purposes by the VFW and Sport Clips, Inc. without further consent from the recipient 

Army Nurse Corps Association Education Fund Army Nurse Corps Association

One of the Army Nurse Corps Association’s major initiatives is the Scholarship Program. Its purpose is the support of nursing education through scholarship funding to worthy students who are US citizens in an accredited baccalaureate or graduate nursing or anesthesia program. Below are the eligibility criteria and general information.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Students currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or advanced degree nursing or nurse anesthesia program who:

    • Are serving or have previously served in any branch, at any rank, of a component of the US Army (Active Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve);

    • Are not currently receiving funding by a component of the US Army (e.g., ROTC scholarship students and students receiving full GI Bill benefits are not eligible); and

    • As applicable, have received an Honorable Discharge.

  • Nursing or anesthesia students whose parent(s), spouse, or child(ren) have current or previous service in a component of the US Army.

Legacy Corps

Legacy Corps

Legacy Corps is a national AmeriCorps project managed by Arizona State University. Legacy Corps volunteers provide support to the family caregivers, with an emphasis on the need of veteran and military families. The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services operates the program in San Diego County.

​Volunteers meeting their service goals will receive:

  • Skills training

  • $200 monthly stipend

  • $1,612.43 education award at the completion of 450 hours

AmeriCorps Volunteers, referred to as Members, commit to one year of service (November through October) consisting of 450 hours of combined training and respites services. Members are matched with a minimum of two families for weekly visits throughout the year. Members receive a monthly stipend (approx. $200) and are eligible for an education award at the end of their service year ($1,612.43) if they have completed 450 total hours.  Members over the age of 55 are able to transfer the education awards to a child or grandchild.  Members participate in monthly reflective sessions and begin their service with 20-hours of pre-service training. Volunteers do not need to have a military background.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Age 17 or older

  • United States Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident

  • Successfully pass interview and background check

Vocational Rehab

Eligibility for VA Vocational Rehab and Employment

Review VA Vocational Rehab and Employment (VR&E) eligibility requirements for Veterans and active-duty service members. If you have a disability that was caused—or made worse—by your active-duty service and that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, you may be able to get employment support or services to help you live as independently as possible.

If I’m a Veteran, am I eligible for Vocational Rehab and Employment?

You may be eligible for VR&E benefits and services if you’re a Veteran, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, and

  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA, and

  • Apply for VR&E services


Basic period of eligibility

Your basic period of eligibility ends 12 years from the date you received notice of your:

  • Date of separation from active military service, or

  • First VA service-connected disability rating

Please note: The basic period of eligibility may be extended if a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) finds that you have a serious employment handicap (SEH). Having an employment handicap means your service-connected disability limits your ability to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment (a job that doesn’t make your disability worse, is stable, and matches your abilities, aptitudes, and interests).


If I’m still on active duty, am I eligible for Vocational Rehab and Employment?

You may be eligible for VR&E benefits and services if you’re a service member and you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

At least one of these must be true. You:

  • Have a 20% or higher pre-discharge disability rating (memorandum rating) and will soon leave the military, or

  • Are participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) process or awaiting discharge due to a medical condition resulting from a serious injury or illness that occurred in the line of duty.
    Learn more about accessing VR&E services through IDES

Please note: Severely injured active-duty service members can automatically receive VR&E benefits before VA issues a disability rating, because of Sec. 1631(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act (PL 110-181). The sunset date of that law has been extended to September 30, 2018, through Sec. 724 of Public Law 113-291.


What should I do if I received an other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable discharge?

If you’ve received one of these discharge statuses, you may not be eligible for VA benefits.

There are 2 ways you can try to qualify:

Find out how to apply for a discharge upgrade
Learn about the VA Character of Discharge review process

How do I apply?

You can apply online right now.

Go to eBenefits to Apply

Learn more about how to apply for VR&E
Note: You can apply even if you’re a service member without a disability rating yet.

What kind of VR&E services can I get?

Depending on your needs and goals, services may include:

  • A complete evaluation to determine your abilities, skills, and interests for employment

  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services

  • Employment services such as job training, resume development, and other work-readiness support

  • Help finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations

  • On-the-job training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences

  • Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical, or business school

  • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and medical referrals

  • Independent living services if you’re unable to work due to the severity of your disabilities

If I’m eligible for GI Bill benefits, can I get paid the Post-9/11 GI Bill subsistence rate for my VR&E program?

If you’re participating in a VR&E program and also qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you can choose to get paid the GI Bill subsistence rate instead of the Chapter 31 subsistence allowance rate. In most cases the GI Bill rate is higher.

You’ll need to officially choose the GI Bill subsistence rate. Your VRC can help you with this.
Contact your VRC for more information
View the current Chapter 31 subsistence allowance rates
View the current Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit rates

Get more information

We offer opportunities to get training and practical hands-on work experience at the same time through programs like:

We also offer:

Watch these videos to learn more about VR&E:
VR&E Chapter 31 services
VR&E’s 5 tracks to employment

More information about VR&E benefits and services

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