FRA Education Resources

 

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.

Eligibility

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.

Application Process

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 President.

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, 2016.

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 scholarship recipients

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.


Related Files
Benn Scholarship Application
(Adobe PDF File)
LA FRA Member Application
(Adobe PDF File)
2015 Scholarship Winners
(Adobe PDF File)

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