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Scholarships and Financial Aid

NC State understands the importance of supporting our military-affiliated students, and an NC State education is an investment in your future. Through our Office of Financial Aid, state, campus, and community parterns, NC State is committed to helping it's students connect with financial aid opportunities that will help make the most of your investment.

Did you know that the majority of military-affiliated students are also first-generation college students? That’s why our Military and Veterans Services and Veterans Education office has put together a comprehensive list of grant and scholarship opportunities to ensure your success both academically and financially.

Additionally, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers information on college-based, employer-affiliated, distinctive scholarships and various funding sources.

To be considered for Pack ASSIST military-affiliated scholarships, students need to complete the general application through Pack ASSIST each year by the priority deadline of February 15 or the deadline listed on the scholarship (often August 31).

Pack ASSIST Military Affiliated Scholarships

NC State’s Veterans Education Scholarship recognizes the importance of education and the opportunities it provides towards professional, personal and economic fulfillment.  The scholarship program provides five annual scholarships to the men and women who are currently serving or have previously served our country with the goal of supporting successful completion of their degree program, leaving them more competitive and prepared for the transition from higher education.

Must be either serving or have served, in the US Armed Forces or a dependent of someone who is a current or retired US Armed Forces service member. It may be renewable based on specific criteria being met, and the student is informed of the criteria when the original award is made. Poole College of Management.

Provided to veterinary students enrolled in the NCSU-CVM as determined by the CVM Scholarship Committee. Awards are for one year and may be renewable if the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress. Preference shall be given in order of priority to NC, TX or HI residents and to students with prior or current military service. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

This scholarship is intended to provide scholarship award(s) for student(s) participating in the Navy or Marine Corps ROTC programs.

Provide scholarships for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Poole College of Management. Awards will be determined by the Dean, or his or her designee, in accordance with the established procedures for awarding merit-based scholarships. Preference shall be given to students who are either serving or have served, in the US Armed Forces or who are a dependent or spouse of someone who is a current or prior US Armed Forces service member. Awards will be for one academic year and may be renewable based on specific criteria being met; the recipient will be informed of the criteria when the award is made. Poole College of Management.

Must be enrolled in Computer Science Department with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students who are first-generation college students and/or students from military families. College of Engineering.

Must be enrolled in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department (CBE) Department with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference for students with demonstrated financial need. Preference for students who are members of one of the following groups: an underrepresented group at NCSU; a military veteran; the first generation to attend college; or a parent or legal guardian of a school-age child or children. Engineering.

Must be enrolled in CCEE Department and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to students pursuing a degree in Construction Management and a member of the Army ROTC. College of Engineering

The VFW Post 10001 established this scholarship in honor of James Jones, a long-time officer of their organization. The scholarship is intended for a veteran of the US military or the child or grandchild of a veteran, who demonstrates high academic merit and financial need.

Preference is given to students with 3.5 TPGA or higher. Preference to Veteran, then Freshman; possibly with interest in finance in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. College of Natural Resources.

Preference is given to veterans or children of veterans; veterans or children of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are highly preferred. If no candidate meets these criteria, the scholarship can be awarded to any COT student with a 3.0 GPA. College of Textiles.

Must be a veteran student enrolled in the College of Engineering with a preference for students enrolled in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Consideration should include those who have a GPA below 3.0. Awards are renewable. This scholarship is to provide supplemental support for the full cost of attendance as defined by the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid. The value of this scholarship will be adjusted for any financial assistance received from any source as a result of the student’s veteran’s status. College of Engineering.

Need-based undergraduate scholarship for students in ECE. First preference to US Citizen/Permanent Residents. Second preference to first-generation college students. Third preference to veterans/reserve officer training corp members. College of Engineering.

Established by the North Carolina State Enlisted Commissioning Program Alumni, this award is presented annually to the most outstanding undergraduate students in the Seaman-to-Admiral 21 program. We are delighted to recognize your academic accomplishment with this distinguished award and wish you success in your studies at NC State University.

Must be a military veteran from any branch of service, including the National Guard. Students demonstrated leadership abilities during their military service.

Awarded to a College of Textiles student entering either their sophomore, junior or senior year and is a current ROTC member. College of Textiles.

Must be a contracting non-ROTC Scholarship Cadets/Midshipmen in any service ROTC program at NC State University. Shelton Leadership Center.

To be eligible for various Federal, State, and Institutional grants, including the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, students should complete their FAFSA application each year.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

*Students must apply for the scholarships listed below by visiting the associated scholarships links.

Study Abroad

Undergraduate students who are receiving the Pell grant are encouraged to apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Undergraduate students who are dependent children of active-duty military members are encouraged to apply for the Gilman-McCain study abroad scholarship, which will award recipients $5,000 for study abroad or international internship programs.

Other scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students can be found here. You should also talk to Study Abroad for more opportunities to fund your experience through NC State Scholarships or Outside Funding sources.

North Carolina Scholarship for Children of Wartime Veterans

This scholarship provides funding for eight academic semesters and is available for students attending North Carolina Schools and is a resident of North Carolina. Please visit the website to read more and apply.

Corvias Foundation

The Corvias Foundation offers scholarships for the children of active-duty service members. There are also scholarships available for the spouse of active-duty service members.

Student Veterans of America

The Annual SVA Leadership Institute held in Washington DC offers an immersive leadership program over four days. The scholarship covers student travel, lodging, and meals if selected to attend.

Google-SVA Scholarships are available for student veterans pursuing a degree in the field of computer science.

Raytheon-SVA Scholarships are available for student veterans demonstrating a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study as well as demonstrated leadership and engagement in their community.

DoD SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.

Regional/Local Scholarships

  • Southeastern Council on Military Education scholarships are available for:
    • Active Duty, Drilling Reservists, or National Guard Members assigned to a military installation and reside in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina
    • Spouses of Active Duty Members, Veterans, Drilling Reservists, National Guard Members who reside in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina
    • Veterans who reside in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina
  • Katherine Baich Endowed Scholarship is available for residents of Alexander, Catawba, Iredell, Davie, Mecklenburg, Rowan, or Yadkin County in North Carolina and is the child or grandchild of a veteran with a service-connected disability.
  • North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc. scholarship program is available to a Vietnam Veteran, spouse, or direct descendant of a Vietnam Veteran for undergraduate study who is also a resident of Wake, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Franklin, Nash, Chatham, or Granville Counties of North Carolina.
  • AFCEA North Carolina Chapter’s Janice Suggs Educational Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarship grants to qualified students who are pursuing degrees or advanced training in science, technology, engineering and math related fields of study.

Veterans

  • The Pat Tillman Foundation selects remarkable service members, veterans and military spouses as they look to begin their next chapter as public and private sector leaders. As a Tillman Scholar, you have the opportunity to earn more than a military scholarship; you are part of a network of leaders making an impact. Explore applicant eligibility and compensation options in further detail.
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America offers assistance to Paralyzed Veterans’ members, and members of their immediate families, through Paralyzed Veterans’ Educational Scholarship Program.
  • VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship provides service members and veterans that demonstrate a financial need with $5,000 scholarships.
  • Energy Polymer Group, Inc. offers a scholarship for veterans.
  • TonaLaw awards scholarships to veterans semi-annually for fall and spring semesters.
  • Hill & Ponton Disability Attorneys offers the H&P Veterans helping Veterans Scholarships for veterans planning to use their degree to help fellow veterans.
  • Jewish War Veterans Foundation offers grants to veterans and active duty personnel. The only requirement is proof of service and an honorable discharge.
  • Leave No Veteran Behind Retroactive Scholarship provides educational debt relief to Veterans who have loans that were used to pay for education costs.

Spouse

  • My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program, or MyCAA: Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides eligible military spouses with up to $4,000 in financial assistance for the pursuit or maintenance, including continuing education courses, of a license, certification or associate degree necessary to gain employment in an occupation or career field.
  • ThanksUSA Special Military Spouse Scholarships: The Purdue University Global/ThanksUSA Scholarship awards a full tuition scholarship for an eligible military spouse for an online undergraduate degree program at Purdue University Global. The Linda J. Romeo/ThanksUSA scholarship grants $4,000 to a female military spouse residing in the Washington, D.C., area attending Northern Virginia Community College.
  • Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program: Sponsored by the National Military Family Association, this program grants scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to spouses of active-duty, retired and reserve/Guard members to pursue postsecondary or graduate degrees and professional training programs.

Child

  • American Legion Legacy Scholarship provides money to children of post 9/11 veterans who died on active duty or has a combined VA disability rating of 50% or higher.
  • American Legion Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship is available for children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during these eligibility dates: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918 or any time after December 7, 1941
  • Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund offers children of military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled scholarships.
  • Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship is available for military children whose parent died while serving or who became disabled or received a 100% disability rating.
  • Children of Fallen Patriots provides scholarships to the children of military personnel who have been killed in the line of duty.
  • Special Operations Warrior Foundation offers scholarships to children who lose a parent serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special operations.
  • Fisher House Foundation Scholarship is available for military children offered through the Fisher House Foundation.
  • Patriot Legacy Fund provides scholarships to dependents of US Veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or higher.
  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for the children and grandchildren of a US Marine, or Navy Corpsman who is/was attached to a US Marine Corps unit.
  • Tailhook Educational Foundation offers scholarships for graduating high school students who are children or grandchildren of Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard.
  • Society of Daughters of the US Army awards scholarships to daughters or granddaughters of US Army.
  • Huebner Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren of soldiers who served in the First Infantry Division of the US Army, as well as children of active duty soldiers of the division.
  • Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association awards scholarships to the children or grandchildren of members of the FRA and LA FRA.

Veteran, Spouse, and/or Child

  • The Pat Tillman Foundation selects remarkable service members, veterans and military spouses as they look to begin their next chapter as public and private sector leaders. As a Tillman Scholar, you have the opportunity to earn more than a military scholarship; you are part of a network of leaders making an impact. Explore applicant eligibility and compensation options in further detail.
  • AMVETS’ Scholarships are open for Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reservists, Spouses, and Children/Grandchildren.
  • AT&T Veterans Scholarship is available for veterans and high school seniors who are children of veterans.
  • AFCEA Educational Foundation has six general categories of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled.
  • Bonsai Finance offers veteran and dependent undergraduate students through scholarships.
  • The Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to children of select active duty, reserve, National Guard, or retired military members.
  • Council of College and Military Educators offers scholarships for active duty, veterans, and spouses of service members.
  • ThanksUSA Scholarship is available for dependent children age 24 and under or spouse of US Service personnel.
  • Goedeker’s Appliances Annual Public Service College Book Scholarship is available for active military, reserves, veterans, and their immediate family members.
  • George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Veterans and Military Family Scholarship is available for veteran, spouse, or children in undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • Ankin Law offers scholarships for veterans and immediate family members for undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Keller Law Offices offers scholarships to veterans and their immediate family members.
  • Matt Sharp Law offer scholarships to veterans and immediate family members for undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • Military Officers Association of America offers scholarships and grants for a variety of undergraduate students.
  • Education Connection offers a scholarship for Veterans, active duty, and military spouses.
  • Folds of Honor offers the Higher Education Scholarship for spouses and dependents pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
  • Army Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for veterans, children and spouses of Army service members.
  • Army Women’s Foundation offers scholarships to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants for undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Hope for the Warriors offers a Military Spouse Scholarship & Caregiver Scholarship for post-9/11 spouses and caregivers for undergraduate and graduate/post-graduate degrees.
  • Veteran Car Donations Annual Scholarship is available for undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field of study.
  • Lowe’s + AMVETS Technology Scholarships are offered to student Veterans and spouses who are undergraduate Juniors or Seniors and are currently studying Computer Science.
  • North American Van Lines offers a scholarship for veterans, their spouse and dependents pursuing Military Logistics/Supply Chain Management/Operational Management
  • Association of the US Army offers a variety of scholarships for members and non-members.
  • Army Emergency Relief offers the MG James Ursano Scholarship program which is a needs-based scholarship to assist children of Army Soldiers obtaining their first undergraduate degree and the Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship for spouses of Army Soldiers obtaining an undergraduate degree.
  • Air Force Association offers a variety of scholarships for dependents, veterans, and spouses.
  • Air Force Aid Society offers grants and scholarships to children and spouses of the Air Force.
  • Marines Memorial Association and Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for members, children, or grandchildren of Marines’ Memorial, active service members and veterans, and spouses and children of service members and veterans.
  • Silent Warrior Foundation Scholarship is awarded to any college-bound person with a direct familial relationship to a Reconnaissance Marine/0321 or Critical Skills Operator/0372.
  • Fleet Reserve Association Education Foundation offers scholarships for those who are affiliated with the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard through own service or for a spouse, child, grandchild, and great-grandchild of the service member.
  • Navy Wives Clubs of America provides scholarships for dependents and spouses of Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard service members.
  • Wings over America offers scholarships to dependent children and spouses of all US Navy personnel.
  • Anchor Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to children and spouses of Navy personnel.
  • Dolphin Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for undergraduate members of the US Navy Submarine Force and their children.
  • Coast Guard Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for US Coast Guard service members and their families.
  • Veterans United Foundation offers a scholarship for the spouse or child of a deceased service member or a veteran with a 100% service connected disability who is pursuing an associates, bachelor’s, graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral degree.
  • NMCRS Gold Star Scholarship is available for children of sailors or marines who died while serving on Active Duty or after Retirement or a spouse of a sailor or marine who died as a result of listed war times.
  • Folded Flag Foundation offers scholarships to spouses or children of US Military Member who had died in combat.
  • Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program is available for honorably discharged veterans or the spouse of a disabled veteran.
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship offers scholarships for Purple Heart recipients as well as their spouses, children, and grandchildren.

If you are aware of any other military-connected scholarships or see that one of the scholarships listed above is no longer active, please let us know so we may update our information at ncstatevets@ncsu.edu.