American Veterans Scholarships

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AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. 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.

What type of educational programs may the AMVETS National Scholarships be used for?
  • Part time or full time undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses
  • Accredited degree or certificate programs
  • Online educational programs


The following scholarships, funded by the AMVETS National Service Foundation, are awarded annually:

• Six $4,000 scholarships for high school seniors ($1,000 a year of a four-year undergraduate program or at an accredited technical/trade leading to certification or a degree; one selected from each district).

• Three $4,000 scholarships for veterans ($1,000 a year of a four-year undergraduate program or certification/degree from an accredited technical/trade school; no regard for district boundaries).

• One $1,000 scholarship for a JROTC high school senior entering any undergraduate programs (no regard for district boundaries).

• Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship - One $3,000 scholarship for veterans/guardsman/reservists will be awarded nationwide per year, for the duration of the grant, without regard for district boundaries. The scholarship is for veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, seeking new skills in order to be more competitive in the job market. The one-time $3,000 award may be used for undergraduate courses, accredited degree or certificate programs, including online schools


What are the eligibility requirements for the AMVETS National Scholarships?

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must provide evidence of active duty status or veteran status having served honorably
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment to an eligible program
  • Must not be in default on a federal student loan
  • Must not be convicted under state or federal law for sale of or possession of illegal drugs
  • Must agree to authorize AMVETS to publicize your scholarship award, if you are selected
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
Applications available online:
What documents do I need to submit with my application?
  • A copy of the veteran’s record of service demonstrating an honorable discharge (DD214)
    or a letter from your commanding officer certifying active duty status or a copy of your Duty Orders
  • A copy of your official high school or college/university transcripts for all courses attempted and any degrees or certificates awarded.
  • A complete and signed copy of the applicant’s 1040 tax form must be enclosed. (Only the first two pages, no schedules or attachments.)
  • A copy of the applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR) from the free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Acceptance letter of letter stating student status from an accredited program.
  • Essay (100 words): “How will this award help me accomplish my career/vocational goal(s)?”
What is the basis of selection for the AMVETS National Scholarships?
  • All scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, and merit. The scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance for veterans, service members, and families that have exhausted government aid, or who might not otherwise have the financial means to further their education.
  • Must submit a complete, signed application, together with all supporting documents, by the deadline listed
  • Scholarship selection shall me made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability
  • The award determination will be made on the selection committee’s scores of the overall quality of the application and the scholarship essay.
  • The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final and not subject to a review process
Contact Information

Karla Lathroum

National Programs Director

Stephanie Mullen

National Programs Manager