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About The Scholarship

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship creates opportunities for family members of service members and Veterans to achieve their educational dreams. Launched in 2012, the scholarship program is funded by contributions from Veterans United Home Loans and its employees. Since our scholarship program was created, over $1 MILLION has been awarded to support the educational dreams of military families across the U.S.


To be eligible for this scholarship award, applicants must be:

  • A surviving spouse or a surviving child of a deceased service member from a service-related death OR a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability.
  • Currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university by the spring semester of 2021
  • Pursuing an associate's, bachelor's, graduate, post-graduate or doctoral degree
  • Comfortable with sharing personal stories and aspirations with Veterans United Foundation
  • Able to provide the following within three business days of application submission:
    • Deceased parent or spouse's military documents (DD214 and death certificate /or DD1300)
    • Official benefit letter showing disability rating (if applicable)
    • Full FAFSA submission
    • Proof of enrollment from your accredited college or university
    • Government-issued photo ID
  • Able to provide Veterans United Foundation with receipts or invoices related to eligible educational costs as they are incurred in order to receive payment. Eligible costs include tuition, books, fees, school materials and some aspects of room and board as determined by Veterans United Foundation.
  • Candidates may be required to complete a background check


Awards will be granted based on the following criteria:

  • A Typed Essay

    Share your story of how losing your spouse or parent has affected you. Explain who you are, where your life has taken you, and what you hope to pursue through your college education and beyond.

  • Financial Need

    Determined by the Veterans United Foundation awards team and based on full FAFSA submission.

  • Additional Information

    Your community, church, athletic and school involvement or achievements, plus anything else you would like to have considered (may include photos, drawings, poems, writings, etc.).

Scholarship Timeline

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship is available each year in spring and fall. Use this handy timeline to stay on top of deadlines this year or start preparations for the next application period.

  • Spring 2022 Application Period Starts

    Tuesday, March 1st

  • Spring 2022 Application Period Ends

    Thursday, March 31st

  • Fall 2022 Application Period Starts

    Saturday, October 1st

  • Fall 2022 Application Period Ends

    Monday, October 31st

Strong Partnerships That Make A Difference

  • The YMCA - Armed Services YMCA
  • Boot Campaign
  • Boulder Crest Retreat
  • Gary Sinise Foundation
  • Welcome Home

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