AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education. The following scholarships, funded by the National Service Foundation, are awarded annually:
- Six $4,000 scholarships for high school seniors (PDF) ($1,000 a year of a four-year undergraduate program or at an accredited technical/trade leading to certification or a degree; one selected from each district).
- Three $4,000 scholarships for veterans (PDF) ($1,000 a year of a four-year undergraduate program or certification/degree from an accredited technical/trade school; no regard for district boundaries).
- One $3,000 scholarship for veterans/guardsman/reservists (PDF) will be awarded nationwide per year, for the duration of the grant, without regard for district boundaries. The scholarships are for veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, seeking new skills in order to be more competitive in the job market. The one time $3,000 award may be used for undergraduate courses, accredited degree or certificate programs, including online schools.
- ” One $1,000 scholarship for a JROTC high school senior (PDF) entering any undergraduate program (no regard for district boundaries).
Scholarship applications may be downloaded (see links above) or requested by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the National Programs Department. Completed applications sent to the National Programs Department must be postmarked no later than April 15. Winners will be notified and names will be listed at this link no later than mid-June. Due to the large number of entries (1,000-plus annually), only the winners will be notified.
The “Summer Scholarship Showcase” is a month-long series of blogs (May 30, 2011-June 30, 2011) written by the vfwlady, Laurie Cox. Each post is designed to promote a wide variety of annual grants and scholarship competitions available to K-12 students. All scholarships featured are solely sponsored by a menagerie of Not-For-Profit Veterans Support Groups and organizations.