There are many programs that provide financial aid to active service members in Navy and War veterans, to get higher education. But the spouses of these soldiers are not eligible to get aid under these programs. Feeling the need of financial aid for spouses and dependants of these brave soldiers who protect the country, many military and private scholarship funds have started providing aid to spouses of Navy veterans. These funds can help you great deal in funding your higher education. Some of the scholarships for Navy veteran’s spouses are as follows.
- The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) provides aid to Spouses of Navy veterans that are stationed overseas on active duty. The spouses must be enrolled on a part or full time course at undergraduate or graduate level. The amount of scholarships is $1500 annually at undergraduate level and $1750 at post graduate level.
- The Service Members Opportunity Colleges degree program for Navy (SOCNAV) is a program that provides assistance to family members of Navy veterans in collaboration with many colleges worldwide. The program assures that the members can continue their study even with frequent Navy transfers. The program also provides distance learning scholarships awards.
- Vice Admiral E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program is a large scholarship program that awards thousands of scholarships to spouses of active duty soldier’s spouses that are enrolled in a college degree at an accredited institution. The programs provides 1000$ grants of $2000 each every year to spouses of Navy veterans.
The program also provides student loans of $3000 to applicants. The loans are interest free and must be repaid within two years of the award.
The government has also done some legislation that is going to help military men’s spouses a lot. Some provision of the GI bill gives special rights to the Department of Defense to allow those who have served a minimum of six years in the Armed Forces, and who agree to serve at least four more years, to transfer their unused GI Bill entitlement to their spouse. Another provision states that when service men reach their 10th anniversary they can transfer the benefits under GI bill to their spouse or any of dependent children.
Spouses of military veterans can search for many other scholarships awards that are offered specifically to them. Hundreds of such scholarship programs for spouses of military veterans can be conveniently searched over the internet.