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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DeSales University ACCESS Program Community College Tuition Match Scholarship

Award amount: varies


  • 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

Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Award amount:  up to $40,000

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation's top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor's degrees at four-your colleges or universities.  Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars.


  • As of January 1, 2020, be a current sophomore at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution, or a recent graduate (since spring 2015).
  • Enrolling full-time in a four-year college or university in fall 2020.
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need (family income up to $95,000 annually).
  • No previous or current full-time enrollment at a four-year institution.  Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.

Visit Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship for guidelines, information, and application

Application deadline:  November 20, 2019

Grand Valley State University Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Award amount:  up to $1,200 per year


  • Be admitted to Grand Valley State University by March 1 for the fall semester.
  • Have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
  • Enroll as a full-time student at GVSU.
  • Submit a letter of application describing your education, career goals, and involvement in PTK.
  • Have received your associate's degree.

Students must be admitted to GVSU in order to complete the application.

Visit GVSU Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship for application and information

For more information regarding this merit-based scholarship and other scholarships for which you may qualify, contact the GVSU admissions office at 800.748.0246 or

Application deadline:  March 1, 2020

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

Award amount:  up to $2,500

The Career & Technical Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution in the United States.


  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential).
  • Will be enrolled in an eligible program in fall 2020.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to two years) at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution in the United States.
  • Demonstrate critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant, as determined by completion of the FAFSA).
  • Demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity.
  • Be under the age of 30.
  • Be a United States citizen.

Visit Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program for application and information

Application deadline:  June 15, 2020

CNC Machines Manufacturing Scholarship

Award amount:  $2,500


  • Must be currently pursuing a certification, certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree in manufacturing or a related area of study.
  • Must submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay addressing the following questions:
    • Why did you choose the manufacturing industry as a career?
    • What are some ways manufacturing can attract younger generations?
    • What area of manufacturing do you want to specialize in?
    • Include your story, how your skills apply, and where you see yourself in the future.

Visit CNC Machines Manufacturing Scholarship for application and information

Application deadline:  January 17, 2020


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