The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation was established more than 50 years ago and aims to provide military children with scholarships. The awards are only open to children of military members who are able to demonstrate financial need. The scholarships can be used at technical schools, two-year community colleges, and traditional four-year colleges. Since the program began, more than 37,000 scholarships have been awarded through this program. Approximately half of the recipients of these awards are the first in their family to attend college. About 90% of recipients graduate from their program, with nearly half of all recipients majoring in a STEM or health science field.
In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants should first determine if they are eligible by viewing this website. The student must have a parent who is either an active duty or reserve member of the U.S. Marin Corps. Children of veterans or children of service members who died in the line of duty are also eligible for this scholarship. Additionally, the applicant must come from a family household where the income is less than $95,000 per year. All applicants must hold at least a 2.0 grade point average and plan to attend an accredited training program or college during the next academic year. The program has several different scholarships available, which are described below:
Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Wounded: This award is open solely to students who had a parent who was wounded in action during their service. The scholarship ranges in value from $6,000 to $40,000. This award is split into equal payments which are dispersed over four years.
Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Fallen: This scholarship is open to the dependent children of Marines who were killed during one of the September 11th attacks on the United States. The parent may have perished on September 11th or as a result of participating in combat operations after that date. All students who are eligible for this award are guaranteed at list $30,000, which is split into equal payments over a four-year period.
These scholarships are open to both part-time and full-time students. The scholarship can only be used to support undergraduate studies for a first time degree. As such, the funding may not be used for graduate studies. In addition to the programs above, the application process also entails a separate route for students wishing to apply for undergraduate and associates degrees (see this link for application instructions) or for students who want funding for a technical or career program (see this link). The former program is open to new freshmen as well as students who are currently enrolled. The program must be at least one-year long. Applications are accepted anytime between January 1st and March 1st of the application year. The scholarships can be renewed, provided that the applicant maintains eligibility criteria. Applicants will find out if they have been selected for the award in May. Additional application information can be found here.