George Mason University Office of Military Services

Scholarships: General Military

Air Force Aid Society

Since its inception in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has been committed to helping Air Force members and their families realize their academic goals. The centerpiece of the Society's education initiatives is the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program which provides $2000 grants to sons, daughters, and spouses of Air Force members. More information and application instructions can be found on the Air Force Aid Society's website.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships

The Air Force provides full tuition scholarships for qualified students in their junior and senior year. Scholarship recipients are limited to students with superior academic records who have been previously accepted for enrollment in the Air Force ROTC programs at George Mason University. Textbook fees, a $300-$400 stipend per month, and other reasonable fees are also paid.

Army ROTC Scholarships

One to four year scholarships are available for George Mason University students interested in becoming U.S. Army officers, whether active (full-time) or in the Reserve component (Army Reserve or National Guard). All majors are considered. Special requirements: U.S. Citizens; between ages 17-27; meet physical standards; college GPA of 2.5 or above and ability to obtain a security clearance.

Horatio Alger Military Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Military Scholarship is reported to be the first national scholarship specifically for Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans. The Horatio Alger Association will distribute a total of $10 million in scholarships to honorably discharged American veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. To be eligible, veterans must have served in Afghanistan or Iraq in 2001 or later, and must demonstrate U.S. citizenship, financial need, and the intent to pursue a bachelor's degree. The deadline for applications is April 15th. Stars and Stripes reports that the $5,000 scholarships are to be paid directly to the schools in $1,250 increments over four years. For more information on the scholarships, including an online application, visit Horatio Alger Association.

Army Emergency Relief

The Army Emergency Relief offers scholarships to students that are dependents and spouses of Army soldiers. View their website for application deadlines and award amounts.

The Fund for Veterans' Education

The Fund for Veterans' Education provides scholarships to veterans who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. For more information visit their website at

NMFA Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program

The National Military Family Association’s Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school. Scholarships range in amount from $500 to $1,000, and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding. For additional information, visit the National Miliarty Family Association (NMFA) website.

Military Order of the Purple Heart

The program is administered by the National Headquarters of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) with funding provided by the Service Foundation of the Order. To be eligible, applicants must be a child or grandchild (natural, adopted, or step-) or the spouse of a MOPH member in good standing; be a citizen of the United States; be a graduate of an accredited high school; have a capacity for advanced academic achievement or the potential for technical proficiency demonstrated by a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 grading system; and be enrolled in a full-time program of study in a college or trade school. Applications and additional information about MOPH may be accessed at:

Military Spouses Scholarship

To benefit military spouses and their families, the Department of Defense is partnering with schools and other agencies to support military spouses in pursuit of education, training, licensing, credentialing and employment in high growth, high demand portable careers. Military spouses may receive up to $6,000 in Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Financial Assistance. For additional information, visit the Military One Source website.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides educational assistance to the children and unremarried spouses of deceased service members. More information and application instructions can be found on the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society website.

Lucile Parrish Ward Veterans Award

The Lucile Parrish Ward Veterans Award is available to any veteran of the Armed forces of the United States whose service in the military caused a delay in the pursuit of a music career. The amount of the award is $2,000. To be eligible a student must have a high school diploma or GED, and be accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, in pursuit of an undergraduate, Masters, or Doctoral degree in the field of music. Application forms may be downloaded from the National Federation of Music Club website.

Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers is a cooperative project between the U.S. Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Education. Troops to Teachers is a federally funded program to assist retired and separated members of the Armed Forces, as well as Guard and Reserve personnel with obtaining certification and employment as teachers. More information can be found on the VA Department of Education Troops to Teachers website.

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

Veterans United Foundation Awards three scholarships starting in March of every year. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a college or university and pursuing a degree in higher education. Recipients will be selected by essay submission and FAFSA submission and demonstrate financial need. More information and application instructions can be found on Veterans United Foundation’s website.

Links to Other Military Scholarships

Commissaries Scholarships

Comprehensive Scholarships

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

MOAA Scholarship