FRA believes that educating our service members, veterans and their
families is important for their futures, as well as the future of our
country. In addition to FRA's longstanding advocacy for enhanced DoD and
VA education benefits, the FRA Education Foundation was established to
support the needs of individuals pursuing higher education.
FRA's Education Foundation sponsors a generous scholarship program
that helps deserving students reach their educational and professional
goals by presenting awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing
college and graduate degrees. The Foundation presents more than $100,000
each year to recipients based on financial need, academic standing,
character and leadership qualities.
Read more about the history of the Education Foundation, the selection process, and more in the feature article of the September 2014 issue of FRA Today.
You may apply for FRA Education Foundation Scholarships if you are
affiliated with the USN, USMC or USCG through your own service or that
of your spouse, parent, grandparent or great-grandparent. FRA
members in good standing, their spouses, children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren are eligible for a wider
range of FRA Member Scholarships. Scholarship recipients must be U.S.
citizens and be full-time students at an accredited college and
university in the United States.
Some of our scholarships have broad criteria for eligibility, while
others are more specific. Here is a list of FRA's scholarships and their eligibility criteria,
as well as other scholarships offered by the Auxiliary of the FRA and
other affiliated entities.
The FRA Education Foundation makes scholarship applications available
from 1 September through 15 April each year. (The applications are
posted at the bottom of this page as pdf files.) All applications and
supporting documents must be postmarked no later than April 15th.
- Applications and documents postmarked later than April 15 will not be considered
- Applications that are incomplete in any way will not be considered
All eligible applicants will be considered for any
scholarship for which they meet the eligibility requirement (based on
the desires of the donor). Scholarship recipients are notified by email
during the summer about awards for the school year that starts that
fall. FRA only notifies the applicants who have been selected to receive
a scholarship. Then, after recipients respond with additional
information to determine if they still qualify to receive the
scholarship, they receive an official letter signed by the National
New Partnership with NMFA Announced
The FRA Education Foundation is proud to announce a partnering agreement with the National Military Family Association (NMFA), through which the FRA Education Foundation is committed to presenting at least one $2,000 scholarship to a qualifying Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard spouse who is pursuing a college degree. The NFMA represents the interests of military families; service members, their spouses, and their children. Through the support and programs they provide, and their voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, NMFA is committed to looking out for military families and for those who serve. Information on NMFA and its scholarship program for military spouses is available at www.militaryfamily.org. Applicants who complete an FRA scholarship application (at the bottom of this page) will be considered for this scholarship as well as all FRA scholarships for which they are eligible. Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2017.
Other Education Resources
The FRA Education Foundation has also partnered with several
institutions of higher learning that offer college courses, degree
programs and credits for military training to FRA members at discounted
rates. See our Education Resources page for more details.
The FRA Education Foundation proudly announces its most recent
See the full list of FRA's 2015–2016 scholarship recipients here.
Also, watch for the September 2015 issue of FRA Today, in which
we will explore the history, vision, and legacy of FRA's Education
Foundation and scholarship programs.
Do you have questions about FRA Education Foundation scholarships?
E-mail Marilyn Smith, our
scholarship administrator, for further assistance.
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