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FRA believes that educating our service members, veterans and their families is important to 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 in 2009, to support the needs of students pursuing higher education.


The 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 students pursuing trade school, community and four year college, and graduate degrees. The Foundation presents approximately $90,000 each year to recipients based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities.


Students may apply for Foundation scholarships if they are affiliated with the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard through their own service or that of a 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 Foundation scholarships. Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens and full-time students at an accredited U.S. trade school, community college, college or university.

Some 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 September 1 through April 15 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 Foundation President.


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 full list of FRA's 2023 scholarship recipients is now available
Do you have questions about FRA Education Foundation scholarships?
E-mail Trish Stidham, our scholarship administrator, for further assistance. 


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