Scholarships for Military Family


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.

Who is Eligible?

Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit. Eligible children:

  • are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his/her 18th birthday
  • may use the benefit until his/her 33rd birthday
  • cannot use the benefit before age 18, even if he/she has completed high school
  • may be married
  • are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program 

 Section 701 of the Choice Act expands the Fry Scholarship to include the surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.  Prior to this law, only children of those who died in the line of duty were eligible for this benefit. 

 The law states eligible spouses are entitled to receive:

  • 36 months of full benefits, equal to 100% level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, this includes tuition and fee payment, a monthly housing allowance, and a stipend for books and supplies.
  • Training must start on or after January 1, 2015.  Training prior to January 1, 2015, is not eligible to receive benefits under Section 416.  
  • A spouse has 15 years from the date of the Service Member’s death to utilize benefits.  If a spouse remarries, benefits end the date of the remarriage

For more information, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551), or visit the VA GI Bill Website at http://www.gibill.va.gov.


Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship

Scholarships are now available - APPLY NOW!

The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security.

The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to spouses of all Uniformed Services members:

  • Active Duty
  • National Guard and Reserve
  • Retirees
  • Survivors

The scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, and school room and board for:

  • GED or ESL
  • Vocational training and Professional certification
  • Degree seeking (undergraduate and graduate degrees, including Ph.Ds. and post-doctoral programs)
  • Licensure fees
  • Clinical supervision for specific mental health licensure
  • In-class or on-line
  • Full-time or part-time

Scholarship selection is based on your completion of some survey questions which will help us advocate for education changes on your behalf, short-answer questions, and an essay question which will help us get to know you better. You must be a military spouse to apply.

Apply for the Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program