Additional Grants and Scholarship Programs

This list includes non-Columbia-affiliated and non-endorsed resources that may be useful to veterans pursuing higher education:

(To review general benefits information, click here >)

  • IAVA Database -- Provides a list of scholarships for military personnel, veterans, and dependents.
  • Army Education Relief Fund – Scholarship opportunities for children and spouses of retired and active Army soldiers.
  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – Scholarship opportunities for children of current and former Marines.
  • Military.com Scholarship Finder
  • National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program – Scholarships are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school. Scholarships range in amount from $500 to $1,000, and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding.
  • ThanksUSA Scholarships – Scholarships are awarded to spouses and dependent children of active-duty military personnel.
  • Pat Tillman Military Scholarship – The Tillman Military Scholarships support educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families.
  • VA Mortgage Center Military Education Scholarships – VA Mortgage Center offers scholarships twice a year, in May and November.
  • Veterans' Scholarship, Fund for Veterans Education – The Fund for Veterans’ Education will provide scholarships to help meet the financial need of 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.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant or Additional Federal Pell Grant Funds - If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, you may be eligible for additional aid. To be eligible, at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death, you must have been less than 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time at a college or career school. Payments will be adjusted if you are enrolled less than full-time.
  • Federal Pell Grants: If you meet the requirements above and are eligible to receive a Pell Grant, you will receive anExpected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero, which maximizes your Pell Grant eligibility and can increase your eligibility for other federal student aid programs.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants: If you meet the requirements above but are not eligible for a Pell Grant based on your EFC, you will be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. The maximum amount of the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is the same as the maximum Pell Grant award. Your EFC will not be affected, and therefore neither will your eligibility for any need-based federal student aid.