Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.  The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect. 

Eligible children attending school may receive:

  • Full tuition and fees paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students.  For those attending private or foreign schools, benefits are capped at a statutory minimum amount per academic year.
  • A monthly housing allowance.
  • A stipend for books and supplies.

Who is eligible?  Children of active duty members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit.  A child may be married or over the age of 23 and still be eligible. 

Eligible children:

  • Are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • May use the benefit until his or her 33rd birthday
  • Are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program

Rules for eligible children serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces:

  • If the child is eligible under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, and/or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), he or she must relinquish eligibility under one of those programs to receive benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • A child's character of discharge from his or her own service does not impact eligibility resulting from the line of duty death of a parent.
  • A child on active duty will receive benefits at the active duty benefit rate.
  • A child may qualify for up to 36 months of benefits under the Fry Scholarship Program, and possibly another 36 months of benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill based on their own service.  An individual may also receive additional entitlement if another parent transfers entitlement to the individual.

Children who have used or wish to use entitlement under Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA):

  • If a child is eligible for the Fry Scholarship, he or she may be eligible for VA's Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA).  Although the benefits cannot be used at the same time, a child may be eligible for up to 48 months of benefits between the two programs. 

Visit the U.S. Department of Affairs for more information.

How to apply:
Go to VA's website and click on “Apply for Benefits.”  Paper versions of the form (VA Form 22-5490) may also be printed.  A parent or guardian must sign the application if the child is under age 18.

For more information
Toll-free 1-(888) GIBILL-1


University of Michigan Community College Transfer Scholarships

Award amount: varies

The University of Michigan Community College Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving Michigan community college transfer students entering the University of Michigan. 

Eligibility:  Students must have significant experience attending a Michigan community college up to and including an associate degree. 

To be considered for a University of Michigan Community College Transfer Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be accepted for admission and enrolled full-time at the University of Michigan.  Apply for financial aid.  Follow these steps to apply:
    • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor.  The FAFSA is available on the web beginning Jan. 1.  Be sure to list Federal Code 002325 so that a copy will be sent to U-M.
    • Complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application. The profile is available beginning Oct. 1.  Be sure to list CSS Code 1839 so that a record will be sent to U-M.

Tuition Funding Sources

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Fastweb

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DeSales University ACCESS Program Community College Tuition Match Scholarship

Award amount:  varies

Eligibility:

  • Must have completed an associate's degree by the time of enrollment to DSU (students must begin their bachelor's degree at DSU within six months of completing their associate's degree).
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Must enroll in a DSU ACCESS online degree program.

Contact Michael Yergey for information


ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition Scholarship

Award amount:  $2,500

Eligibility:

  • Complete the Volunteer Verification form.
  • Submit an 800- to 1,000-word essay reflecting on your fundraising experience.  How has your volunteer work shaped you into the person you are today?  How do you plan to continue your volunteer work in the future?  Essays can include photos, charts, or infographics, where appropriate.

Visit ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  June 19, 2019


G2 Crowd Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Award amount:  $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled or due to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Must have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must submit an essay (topic and format outlined on website).

 Visit G2 Crowd Entrepreneurial Scholarship for application and information

Application deadlines:
April 19, 2019
August 16, 2019


AmericanMuscle Automotive Scholarship

Award amount:  $2,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled or plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the fall 2019 semester.
  • Must be pursuing an automotive-themed major.
  • Must submit a 700- to 1,500-word essay describing who you are and how you plan to use your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry.
  • Must include proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university.

 Visit AmericanMuscle Automotive Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  June 15, 2019


AmericanTrucks Student Scholarship

Award amount:  $2,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled or plan to enroll as a full-time student at a secondary vocational school, technical institute, two-year college, or four-year university with programs in construction management, secondary votech, or tuition-bearing apprenticeship for the fall 2019 semester.
  • Must be pursuing a degree in the traditional building trades (e.g., carpentry, HVAC, electrical, or related fields of study).  Students pursuing certificate programs or apprenticeship programs are welcome to apply.
  • Must submit a 700- to 1,500-word essay describing who you are and how you plan to use your education to contribute to a thriving community of trade workers who are dedicated to a hands-on approach to knowledge development
  • Must include proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university.

 Visit AmericanTrucks Student Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  June 15, 2019


Responsify Empowering Others Scholarship 2019

Award amount:  $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled or due to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States for the semester for which you are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university.  A transcript, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted.
  • Must submit a 1,000- to 1,500-word essay answering the following questions:
    • Why is empowering others so important?.
    • How do you think your major can be used to empower others?
    • When was the last time you felt empowered?  What inspired this?

 Visit Responsify Empowering Others Scholarship 2019 for application and information

Application deadline:  October 5, 2019


Annual GameAuthority Scholarship

Award amount:  $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled or due to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college or university for the semester for which you are applying for the scholarship.
  • Must submit an essay (topic and format available on the GameAuthority website).

 Visit Annual GameAuthority Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  April 15, 2019


Mary Free Bed Guild Disability Scholarship Program 2019-2020

Award amount:  based on need

The Mary Free Bed Guild created the Disability Scholarship Program for individuals who would meet similar criteria as the type of patients Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital treats on a daily basis.

Eligibility:

  • Must possess a diagnosed physical disability related to a brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, limb difference, or overcoming any other serious acquired or congenital neurological condition, treatable through rehabilitation.
  • Must have a cumulative high school or college GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (overall and in your chosen area of study).
  • Must be able to competitively apply yourself in the desired field of study with reasonable accommodations.
  • Must be currently enrolled in or accepted into an accredited college or university with at least half-time status.  Half-time status is determined by the school.
  • Must demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other volunteer activities.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse populations.
  • Must be a permanent resident of Michigan.

 Visit Mary Free Bed Guild Disability Scholarship Program 2019-2020 for application and information

Application deadline:  April 1, 2019


Mary Free Bed Guild Minority Scholarship Program 2019-2020

Award amount:  based on need

The Mary Free Bed Guild created the Minority Scholarship Program to promote diverse staffing and to better meet the rehabilitation needs of their patients.

Eligibility:

  • Must be currently enrolled in or accepted into an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student in a nursing program, or graduate-level physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, therapeutic recreation, orthotics or prosthetics, or neuropsychology program.
  • Must have a cumulative college GPA or 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (overall and in the chosen area of study).
  • Must demonstrate leadership ability through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other volunteer activities.
  • Applicants must be Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, American Indian, or Alaskan Native.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse populations.
  • Must be a permanent resident of Michigan.

Visit Mary Free Bed Guild Minority Scholarship Program 2019-2020 for application and information

Application deadline:  April 1, 2019


Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship

Award amount:  $1,000 to $1,500

Eligibility:

  • Dependent children of owners of MRA member businesses or children of full-time employees of MRA member businesses.  The parent/employee must have been employed by a member firm for at least one year as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
  • Part-time employees of MRA member businesses who are full-time students.  Part-time employees must have been employed by a member firm for at least six months as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
    • If you need to verify MRA member status, call Michigan Retailers Association at (800) 366-3699.

Visit Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship for application and information

access code is MIRA

Application deadline:  April 1, 2019


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Paralegal Scholarship

Award amount:  $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in a paralegal education program within the United States.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes in a paralegal education program.
  • Must submit a 500- to 750-word essay describing your educational and career goals.  Explain how you plan to achieve these goals, and any adversity you may face on your journey to success.  Include your degree or major and how it will help you achieve your goals, and a certified official copy of your paralegal school transcript.

 Visit Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Paralegal Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  October 1, 2019


Eric Verhaar Scholarship

Award amount:  $2,500

Eligibility:

  • Must be from West Michigan attending a community college, four-year college/university, or trade school within Michigan, and be enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior by spring of 2019.
  • Must be from one of the following Michigan counties:  Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Isobella, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, Van Buren.
  • Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Must submit a short answer and essay document.

 Visit Eric Verhaar Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  May 15, 2019


OurMilitary.com Annual Veteran Recognition Scholarship

Award amount:  $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled or due to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college or university for the semester for which you are applying for the scholarship.
  • Must have a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • Must be an active service member or veteran, spouse of an active service member or veteran, or child of an active service member or veteran.
  • Must submit proof of enrollment.

Visit OurMilitary.com Annual Veteran Recognition Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  May 15, 2019


The Healthline and NAMI Stronger Scholarship Program

Award amount:  $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a current student seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree (as of fall 2019).
  • Must be a current U.S. resident.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (from your most recent college transcript).
  • Must demonstrate involvement in the advancement of the mental health profession, either through research, patient advocacy, raising awareness, or community-building.

Visit The Healthline and NAMI Stronger Scholarship Program for information

Application deadline:  May 1, 2019


Taylor Garden Club Jeanne Eckert Scholarship

Award amount:  $1,000

With application, please include:

  • A letter from an unrelated responsible adult vouching for your character.
  • A letter from your science instructor or professor.
  • A one-page personal mission statement, including how this shcolarship will further your education and your achievements or activities in the following subjects or fields:  Agriculture, Horticulture, Organic Gardening or Farming, Botany, Environmental Studies, Landscape Design, or Conservation.

Visit Taylor Garden Club Jeanne Eckert Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  May 3, 2019

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Royal Oak Campus
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Royal Oak, MI 48067-3898
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