The Fund for Veterans’
The Fund for Veterans’ Education will provide up to $3,500,000 in the 2008-09 academic year to help meet the financial need of
veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001 and who
are now enrolled in college or vocational-technical school.
The Fund for Veterans’ Education is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Scholarship America.
Scholarship America is a national nonprofit education support and student aid service organization that seeks to involve and assist the
public and private sectors in expanding educational opportunities and encouraging educational achievement.
To be eligible to apply to the Fund for Veterans’ Education, the student must –
• Be a veteran of any branch of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines), Coast Guard, National Guard and Armed
• Have served and been deployed for a total of at least 60 days in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 (or served in the
surrounding area and have documented service in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom), or be a veteran
who was deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001, but did not meet the 60-day active service period as a
result of a service-related injury or condition incurred while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq.
• Be enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in an undergraduate program of study at any accredited two-year or four-year
institution, public or private, including technical schools for the fall 2008 term.
• Have applied for and accepted all federal, state and institutional need-based grants and all available military educational
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award for the 2008-09 which may be renewed in subsequent years. The award is
intended to cover any unmet financial need based on the cost of attendance, the student’s expected family contribution, federal, state
and institutional need-based grants, and military educational benefits.
Awards are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies, and required equipment.
If the student is selected as a recipient and is unable to enroll due extenuating circumstances including being activated for overseas
duty, the award may be deferred upon request on a case-by-case basis.
Interested eligible students must complete the attached application and mail it along with the following required documents:
1. Documentation of military service and deployment (one or more of the following):
a. United States Armed Forces: copy of official military orders and documentation of service dates in Afghanistan or Iraq after
September 11, 2001
b. United States Armed Forces: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214)
c. United States Armed Forces – Reserve Component: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214)
d. National Guard: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214)
e. If DD214 does not clearly state dates of service in Iraq or Afghanistan or participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom or
Operation Enduring Freedom, please supply other documentation such as a signed statement from your commanding
officer or VA Administrator, the Basic Individual Report for Marines, or deployment roster.
2. If total service days in Afghanistan and/or Iraq is less than 60, provide military medical documentation of service-related injury
or condition incurred in Afghanistan or Iraq
3. Current, complete transcript of grades (one of the following):
a. college or technical school transcript for those who have attended at least one term of college or technical school
b. high school transcript for those who have not completed one term of college
c. GED test score results
4. 2008-09 Student Aid Report (SAR) with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) printed (one of the following):
a. Complete SAR Print Summary from the FAFSA web site
b. Student copy of the complete SAR
5. Financial aid award letter from the college for 2008-09
6. Statement of military education benefits for 2008-09 (if not available, provide most recent statement and your
projection for 2008-09)
Items 3 - 5 may be in the form of electronic printout provided the document includes school name and student name.
The application and all required supporting documents must be mailed to Scholarship America in one envelope, postmarked by
June 15, 2008.
SELECTION OF RECIPIENTS
Scholarship recipients are selected primarily on the basis of financial need. In addition, length of military service (number of months
and number of tours served) will be considered. It is the program’s intent to select recipients from all the States, US Territories and the
District of Columbia, representative of the current demographics of the United States Armed Forces, all types of colleges and schools
and broad representation across all levels, as long as qualified applications are received.
Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any member of any of the Armed Forces play a part in the
selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision of Scholarship America as final.
Applicants will be notified by mid-August 2008. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply
to the program in future application periods, if the program continues to be offered, as long as they meet eligibility requirements.
PAYMENT OF SCHOLARHIPS
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments. Payment is made in two installments for the academic year, in early September
2008 and at the end of December 2008. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school for
the student’s account.
RENEWAL OF SCHOLARSHIPS
Awards are renewable up to three additional years for full-time students (10 credit hours or more per term), based on satisfactory
academic performance in an undergraduate program and continued demonstration of financial need. Part-time students (fewer than
10 credit hours per term) may renew for a longer period of time if needed, up to the maximum equivalent of four years of full-time
funding. In April, 2009, recipients will be contacted by mail with instructions to submit transcript of grades and financial documents for
renewal of their awards.
Recipients are required to supply Scholarship America with transcripts and updated financial aid information when requested, and to
notify Scholarship America of any changes of address, school enrollment, or other relevant information. Failure to notify Scholarship
America of any of these changes or to respond when contacted may result in forfeiture of award.
The Fund for Veterans’ Education reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make
changes at any time including termination of the program.
Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to: