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Patriotic Scholarships

Patriotic Scholarships

Celebrate America with a scholarship!

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 02, 2014

A true patriot is red, white and blue, inside and out.

If you’re a true patriot, then the following Americana-themed scholarships are right up your alley.

Nothing encompasses the American dream more than these patriotic scholarships.

Scholarship opportunities enable students to gain access to higher education through helping to paying for school. Think about it: aren’t opportunities really at the heart of the American dream?

Check out the following patriotic scholarships, which celebrate the red, white and blue:

Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest
Award: $5,000
Deadline: July 13, 2014
Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior

The Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest is available to U.S. citizen high school students.

You must write a 1500 word minimum essay on the theme “Happy Birthday America” to be eligible for this award.

Three winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 scholarships to the accredited U.S. college or university of their choices.

Learn more information about the Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: July 31, 2014
Award: $1,500
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest is open to full- time undergraduate students enrolled in an American college or university.

You must write an essay between 1,500 and 5,000 words on the topic, “Lincoln and the Hard Hand of War” to be eligible for this award.

Complete details and topic prompt are on the sponsor’s web site.

Get more information on the Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest.

Mark A. Forester Scholarship

Deadline: July 31, 2014
Award: $1,000
Available to: High School Senior to Graduate Year 5

The Mark A. Forester Scholarship is available to students currently enrolled in school.

You must submit an essay of between 300 and 500 words explaining how you go about honoring America’s military heroes in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Mark A. Forester Scholarship.

Patriot’s Pen Competition
Award: $5,000
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Available to: Maximum Age 14 Years

Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Patriot’s Pen Competition is open to students in grades six through eight. To enter, you must submit a 300 – to 400 – word essay on the following theme: “Why I appreciate America’s Veterans.”

Learn more information about the Patriot’s Pen Competition.

Veterans of Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Veterans of Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom Scholarship is available to active – duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (to include Reservists and National Guard personnel) of the Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Iraqi Freedom operations.

You must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at an accredited two- or four-year institution in the United States to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the Veterans of Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom Scholarship.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
Award: $30,000
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior

The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition is open to high school students.

To enter, you must write and record a three- to five-minute broadcast script on the following theme: “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future.”

Learn more information about the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.

Disabled War Veterans Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Disabled War Veterans Scholarship is available to active – duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists, and National Guard personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations.

You must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at an accredited two- or four-year institution in the United States to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the Disabled War Veterans Scholarship.

AMVETS National Scholarship for Veterans
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 15, 2015
Available to: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5

The AMVETS National Scholarship for Veterans is available to U.S. veterans who are full-time students in undergraduate studies, graduate studies or certification/degree programs at technical/trade schools.

You must be an AMVETS member, be a U.S. citizen, and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this renewable award.

Learn more information about the AMVETS National Scholarship for Veterans.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest
Award: $3,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior Sponsored by the Marine Corps Gazette, the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

The contest honors the essay that proposes and argues for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps.

Learn more information about the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest.

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
Award: $18,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior

Provided by The American Legion, the National High School Oratorical Contest is open to junior high and high school students who are under the age of 20 and citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

You must prepare an oration on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.

A complete list of topics are available on the Legion’s Web site.

Each individual state winner certified into and participating in the first round of the national contest receives an additional $1,500 scholarship.

Learn more information about the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest.

Freedom Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the Idaho State Board of Education, the Freedom Scholarship is available to students who are residents of Idaho.

You must the child of someone who has been determined by the federal government to have been a prisoner of war, missing in action, or killed in action or died of injuries or wounds sustained in action in southeast Asia, including Korea, or who shall become so hereafter, in any area of armed conflict in which the United States is a party.

Learn more information about the Freedom Scholarship.

Liberty Scholarship – VMI
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Provided by the Virginia Military Institute, the Liberty Scholarship is available to students at the Virginia Military Institute who have been adversely affected due to a death of a relative in the Pentagon attack on September 11, 2001.

Learn more information about the Liberty Scholarship – VMI.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Junior

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program is open to high school juniors who are direct descendants of U.S. wartime veterans who served during one or more of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion by the United States government.

In order to apply, you must have completed an American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university.

Selection is based on the following criteria: academic record; involvement in school activities; involvement in community activities and financial need.

Learn more information about the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program.

Walter Morris Gay Memorial Award
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Senior

The Walter Morris Gay Memorial Award is available to senior pre-law majors at Berea College.

You must demonstrate high academic achievement, character and patriotism to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Walter Morris Gay Memorial Award.

Green to Gold Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Green to Gold Scholarship is available to U.S. citizens with a minimum of two years Active Duty as well as three months of Active Duty for every one month of specialized training.

You must be a high school graduate or equivalent, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, a GT score of at least 110 and pass the APFT within the last 6 months with score of 180 or higher, minimum of 60 points in each event.

Also, you must submit letters of acceptance from the PMS of that Army ROTC Battalion and school offering Army ROTC.

Additionally, you must not have been convicted of a domestic violence crime, have a Favorable National Agency Check (or have initiated the action), DODMERB Medical Qualification, be eligible to Reenlist, not be a conscientious objector and have no more than 3 dependents, including spouse to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Green to Gold Scholarship.

Bonus Patriotic Internship!

White House Internship Program
Deadline: September 7, 2014
Available to: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5

The White House Internship Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

To be considered, you must be committed to public service, demonstrate leadership in your community, and be committed to the mission of the Obama Administration.

In addition to normal office duties, interns will attend weekly lectures, volunteer at special events, participate in tours, and contribute to a community service project in the Washington, D.C., area.

You must be a United States citizen and be at least 18 years of age.

Learn more information about the White House Internship Program.


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