Here are some helpful links to scholarships and grants specifically for active duty military, veterans and their families.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry ScholarshipThe Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 11, 2001.

Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program

These grants are available annually to children and spouses of Veterans whose deaths or injuries were: a result of combat action or were attributed to illness that was contracted while serving in combat action, or who became 80% disabled as a result of injuries or accidents sustained in combat action since September 11, 2001.  The total number of Veterans that may receive a grant in any year is limited by statute to 25.  The Veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering the military service or at the time of death or injury.  The Missouri Veteran’s Commission determines whether the Veteran meets the program’s requirements.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:

  • You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), but
  • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent or guardian’s death.

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships:

Army ROTC                  

Air Force ROTC             

Naval ROTC    

Marine ROTC                  

The following major national organizations offer scholarships primarily to active duty military, veterans, and/or their families:

American Legion            


Disabled American Veterans    

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Veterans of Foreign Wars       

 Missouri Returning Heroes Tuition WaiverThe Missouri Returning Heroes Act, Section 173.900, RSMo, established August 28, 2008, as amended effective August 28, 2019, provides reduced tuition for certain combat veterans attending public institutions of higher education.  Submit the Request to Receive Missouri Returning Heroes Act Tuition Reduction form to the Financial Aid Office.

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