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Scholarships, Grants, & Other Funding

These scholarships are made possible by generous donors to the Veterans Success Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


The Boyd Foundation Pilot Company
Patricia E. Bacon & R Michael Bacon Frank & Robin Shope
East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard Reid Gerhardt
Brian & Diana Goad Jamie Flasphaler Memorial Scholarship Endowment
James H Taylor Memorial Veteran Scholarship Fund The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project
John & Debbie Grubb

Veterans and Military Service Members Scholarships

The Earl W. Fortner East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard Scholarship

Purpose and History: Established in 2016 to assist veterans from East Tennessee Foundation’s 25 county service area and Bradley County in pursuing a degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Scholarship Amount: $3,000 one-time award for one year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Residency Requirement: Bradley County and East Tennessee Foundation’s 25 county service area
  • Education Requirement: Current college student, GED recipient, or adult student
  • Field of Study: No specific field, but must be degree-seeking
  • GPA Minimum: Not Applicable
  • College/Enrollment Requirement: Full-time enrollment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Financial Need: Some financial need preferred
  • Additional Requirements: Veterans must be honorably discharged from the U.S. Military

To learn more about this scholarship, please click here.

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

For Guard and Reservists

  • Army Reservists
  • Air and Army National Guard and Tennessee State Guard
  • Tennessee National Guard Scholarship Program
    Tennessee National Guard Association (NGATN) offers six (6) $1,500.00 scholarships in the following categories: one (1) exclusively for an active Army or Air National Guard member; two (2) for active members of the NGATN or their dependents; two (2) active members of the Tennessee National Guard. If an active member of the Tennessee Army or Air National Guard does not qualify for the stipend, these scholarships may be awarded to any qualified son or daughter of an active member of the Tennessee National Guard; one (1) for a current member of the TN National Guard or qualified son or daughter who participated in Operation Desert Storm, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Eligibility: National Guard Service members.

Captain James Ahn Memorial Scholarship

Capt James Ahn Memorial Scholarship PhotoCaptain James Ahn, a graduate of UC Riverside and the Claremont McKenna College Army ROTC program, died in 2015 during a parachute training operation while participating with his Special Forces unit in Washington State.

In James’ honor, we are sponsoring an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a Special Forces Veteran who is working towards the completion of a higher education degree. Learn more about the Captain James Ahn Memorial Scholarship.

The Marines’ Memorial Association

The Marines’ Memorial Association is an organization that is open to veterans and active duty personnel of all military branches who served honorably in the military and in April 2015 the organization will award over $100,000 in scholarships to our U.S. Military Veterans from all branches.The Marines’ Memorial Association has a total of 8 Scholarships Programs for the 2015 – 2016 school year. And the following 2 Scholarship Programs are open to all veterans and do not require a membership to the Marines Memorial Association to apply.

  • The Hammer Family Scholarship. Eight of these Hammer Family Scholarships are available in the amount of $5,000 each. All eligible U.S. Veterans who wish to study in the fields of Math, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering (Aerospace, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Materials, or Mechanical) are welcome to apply. James and Linda Hammer are Benefactor Members of the Marines’ Memorial Association and are eager to assist student Veterans committed to advancing their education.The link to the Hammer Family Scholarship online Application and the Marines Memorial Tribute Scholarship online application is:
  • The Memorial Tribute Scholarship. Four of these Memorial Tribute Scholarships are available in the amount of $2,500 each. The Tribute Scholarship is available for military personnel leaving full time service and entering an undergraduate college program. All US military personnel who have transitioned from Active Duty to reserve or civilian status within the past 3 years may apply.

If you need additional information about our scholarships, please call the Marines’ Memorial Association Scholarship Fund Program Officer Ms. MacKenzie Jaboubek at (415) 830-9829.

The AFCEA Educational Foundation Education Scholarship Opportunity

These $2,500 merit-based scholarships are available to active duty military or U.S. military veterans of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations who are enrolled part-time or full-time in an eligible STEM major degree program. Students must be sophomores or juniors to apply. More info about the AFCEA Educational Foundation Education Scholarship.

Deana and Paul Strunk Military Veterans Scholarship Program

The Deana and Paul Strunk Military Veterans Scholarship Program supports education and career opportunities for veterans, aids in the transition of veterans to educational and civilian technical professions, and promotes geoscience programs in higher education institutions.

Health Education Professions Scholarships

When you’re pursuing an advanced health care degree, the last thing on your mind should be how you’re going to pay for it. The U.S. Army can help with one of the most comprehensive scholarships available in the health care field — The F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Qualifying students receive full tuition for any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychology or optometry program, plus a generous monthly stipend of more than $2,000.


The U.S. Army health care team will pay 100 percent of your tuition for a graduate-level health care degree for any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychology or optometry program in the United States or Puerto Rico.


The U.S. Army Medical Department can help take away the worry of how you’ll pay for school. The F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program is available to qualifying students who wish to earn professional degrees from accredited medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical or counseling psychology programs. We will pay 100 percent of your tuition, plus we will also pay for required books, equipment and most academic fees. Qualifying medical and dental students are also eligible to receive a $20,000 sign-on bonus.


The HPSP is available for students pursuing advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, psychiatric nursing, optometry or psychology. To qualify for the Health Professions Scholarship Program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school
  • Be enrolled in (or have a letter or acceptance from) an accredited graduate program in the U.S. or Puerto Rico (varies by specialty)
  • Maintain full-time student status during the length of the program
  • Qualify as a commissioned officer

Sentinels of Freedom (SOF) Scholarship

A 2-4 year Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship focuses support in the following areas: Education, Housing, Mentoring, Employment, Career & Networking Assistance and Financial Planning. You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • Member of any branch of the armed forces, active, guard or reserves who has been severely wounded or injured, in a service connected event post- 9/11; this includes combat related, training accidents and non-physical injuries
  • Received a permanent VA disability rating of 50% or higher as listed on their VA Rating Statement
  • Have received or will be receiving an honorable discharge
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time post-secondary education or vocational school. Must be a VA approved school (SOF) can be flexible on the full time requirement in certain circumstances, depending on the level of injury and ability to maintain full-time education)
  • Highly motivated individuals with the drive to reach personal, educational and career goals
  • Must be willing to actively engage with mentor and networking opportunities provided by (SOF)

Military service members and family members (spouse, dependent, children, and grandchildren)

  • Fry Scholarship (eligible spouses and dependents). The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) pays eligible dependents up to 36 months of the full, 100% level, of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This includes the tuition and fee payment, a monthly housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend. For more information on payment rates click here. The Fry Scholarship is available for children and surviving spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. For more information click here.
  • Dependents of active duty service members killed in line of duty. The state of TN offers tuition and fee waivers. For more information visit this site.
  • Veterans scholarships and grants
    Offers essential educational assistance to military veterans, this link will take you to several scholarships for veterans, active duty, reserve, and dependents.
  • Student Veterans of America STEM Scholarships
  • Pat Tillman Foundation. Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has invested over $6 million in scholarships for 347 scholars nationwide.
  • AMVETS Scholarships for veterans and family (Children and grandchildren) AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grand-children. 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.
  • Folds of Honor Scholarship
  • North American Van Lines Logistic Scholarship
    Any serviceman, veteran, or military dependent (spouse or child) majoring in logistics, business, or management can apply for this scholarship. In summary, the scholarship will award two students with a $1,000 dollars each to the school of their choice. There are a few entry and eligibility requirements, all of which can be found under the above link.
  • Army Emergency Relief (AER) Scholarship
  • Graduate School Scholarships

Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists, Guard, spouses, children and grandchildren

  • A Purple Heart recipient and member of the MOPH (learn more about membership online, or call 703-642-5360);
  • The spouse or surviving spouse of a Purple Heart recipient and member of the MOPH;
  • The direct lineal descendant (child, step-child, adopted child or grandchild) of a Purple Heart recipient and member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Foundation; or
  • The spouse, surviving spouse or direct lineal descendant (child, step-child, adopted child or grandchild) of a service member killed-in-action or

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