George Mason University Office of Military Services

Scholarships: Veterans

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.

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

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.