The military itself and government is working to provide more and more facilities to brave men and women that defend the country. Education of dependent children and spouses of military men have been a major concern for policy makers recently and some appreciable progress has been made in this area to provide better educational opportunities to children and spouses of military men. In addition to favorable changes in some policies announced in the GI Bill, there are many other military scholarships and grants programs started for spouses of service men. Some such opportunities are discussed in this article.
The GI Bill announced many favorable changes in policy for benefits available to service men. Military persons were allowed to study at any accredited institute in US at little or no cost at all. The bill has allowed service men to transfer their benefits under the grant scheme to their spouses, however some conditions on transfer are implemented but it provides great relief to military service men. In addition to these benefits military spouses can avail number of other scholarships for military to complete their higher education.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement program is an aid program launched by Department of Defense in collaboration with department of Labor. It is one of the biggest scholarships programs for military spouses. The program provides scholarships worth $32 million to military spouses that wish to pursue higher education in high-growth fields, such as education, health care, information technology, and many other fields. The scholarship program provides for the tuition fees, books, lab fees and all other education expenses of the scholars. More information on deadlines and eligibility can be obtained from the scholarship program’s website.
Another military scholarship program is the Homefront Spouse Scholarship program. This scholarships program provides aid to 37 military spouses each year. The award is a very prestigious one, so it is highly competitive. The applicants are required to fill a questionnaire regarding life experiences and write an essay on any topic to apply for the scholarship program. The questionnaire can be seen on the program’s website.
There is also number of other scholarships for military spouses programs run by different organizations based on varying criteria. There are also some scholarship programs specifically for the spouses of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan war. You can search for such scholarships using scholarship search engines. These search engines will provide you information on all military scholarships offered in America.