Grandchildren of U.S. Armed Forces veterans can get money for college through grant programs offered by a limited number of private, national and regional organizations. Certain programs only offer funding for the descendants of veterans who served in specific wars or to students from particular geographic areas. Grants may offer funding to the grandchildren of veterans attending four-year colleges, technical schools and community colleges and award criteria can include academic achievements, community service history and financial need.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Vietnam Veterans of America, founded in 1978, administers scholarships through the Mike Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund. The program offers scholarships to Vietnam veterans and their sons, daughters and grandchildren. Spouses and children of deceased or missing in action Vietnam veterans may also apply. Recipients can use funds to pay for undergraduate programs at colleges, universities or technical schools. The program offers scholarships for one year only, but allows recipients to reapply for additional awards. Award criteria includes financial need and academic achievements.
AMVETS offers multiple scholarships through its AMVETS National Service Foundation for military veterans, their children and grandchildren and the children and grandchildren of deceased veterans. As of 2011, AMVETS offers six scholarships worth $4,000 to qualified high school seniors to help pay for four-year college programs or technical school coursework. The organization also awards three scholarships to veterans and one to high school seniors in Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs who plan to pursue undergraduate studies.
American Legion Auxiliary
The American Legion Auxiliary offers the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of U.S. Armed Forces veterans who served in wars ranging from World War I to the War on Terror. The ALA program only offers funding to students enrolled in undergraduate programs at four-year post-secondary institutions and allows recipients to use funds to pay for tuition, school fees, textbooks and housing. Each division chapter of the ALA awards one scholarship each year.
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Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.
Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. administers multiple educational grant programs, with awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 as of 2011. The organization offers awards to the direct descendants of its members, including children and grandchildren. To qualify, candidates must have a history of participation within the Jewish community and hold an academic rank within the top quarter of their class.
Regional veterans organizations often offer scholarship programs for veterans and their family members. For instance, the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Council sponsors scholarships for veterans who received the Vietnam Service Medal and their spouses, children, grandchildren, adopted children and foster children. The NCVVC program only offers scholarships to residents of certain North Carolina counties, including Wake, Granville, Durham, Franklin and Johnston counties. As of 2011, the organization offers awards ranging from $500 to $1,500, which recipients can use only for undergraduate studies at four-year colleges, trade schools, community colleges or junior colleges. The program operates on a reimbursement basis, to help students pay for tuition, housing expenses, textbooks and school fees.