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Patriotic Scholarships

Celebrate America with a scholarship!

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 04, 2015

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:

Patriot Heritage Scholarship

Deadline: 10/10/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Patriot Heritage Scholarship is available to students at the College of William & Mary, School of Education.

You must plan to teach social studies to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Patriot Heritage Scholarship.

Patriot’s Pen Competition

Deadline: 11/01/15
Available to: Maximum Age 14 Years
Award Amount: $500

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: “What Freedom Means to Me." Get more information on the Patriot’s Pen Competition.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Deadline: 11/01/15
Ages: High School Freshman through High School Seniors (Maximum Age 19 Years)
Award Amount: $30,000

Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States , 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”.

Get more information on the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.

Better America Scholarship Program

Deadline:12/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Better America Scholarship Program is available to students currently enrolled at an accredited university or college.

You must submit an essay in 200 words or less describing how you intend to change America in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Better America Scholarship Program.

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/06/2016
Available to: High School Students
Award Amount: Varies

The JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to high school students.

To enter, you must submit a 700- to – 1000-word essay that describes an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during or after 1956.

Get more information on the JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

Future Business Leaders of America Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Maximum Age 18
Award Amount: $1,000

The Future Business Leaders of America Scholarship is available to freshman students at Southern New Hampshire University.

You must be selected by the State FBLA Group as the recipient of this award.

Get more information on the Future Business Leaders of America Scholarship.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: $3,000

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.

Politics in America Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $300

The Politics in America Scholarship is available to political science majors at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

You must have excelled in the study of American politics to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Politics in America Scholarship.

Dorcey Lybrand Memorial Americanism Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Dorcey Lybrand Memorial Americanism Scholarship is available to students at the University of South Carolina.

You must submit a paper describing the advantage of Americanism over communism or socialism to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Dorcey Lybrand Memorial Americanism Scholarship.

Patriotic Scholarship – College of the Ozarks

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,500

The Patriotic Scholarship is available to students who attend and satisfactorily complete the ROTC Leader’s Training Course and/or the Leader Development and Assessment Course at the College of the Ozarks.

Get more information on the Patriotic Scholarship – College of the Ozarks.

Disabled American Veterans Charities Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Sophomores
Award Amount: $500

The Disabled American Veterans Charities Scholarship is open to a disabled veteran, an immediate relative of a disabled veteran (defined as mother, father, spouse, son or daughter) or a veteran entering and/or completing two years at San Joaquin Delta College.

To qualify for the scholarship, you must major in a vocational field and be planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue your studies.

You must also possess a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Disabled American Veterans Charities Scholarship.

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

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

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
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: Varies

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
Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Juniors
Award Amount: Varies

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
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

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
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

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.

City Year – Volunteer for America

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 17-24 Years
Award Amount: Varies

City Year, a proud member of AmeriCorps, is a national service organization that brings together young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding ten months of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.

In 20 locations across the United States, these young leaders invest their talents and energy to address our country’s most critical needs. City Year corps members engage others in service and make a positive difference in their communities and in the lives of children and youth.

Corps members also receive a weekly living stipend and basic health insurance.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17-24 and a United States citizen or permanent resident alien. High school graduate/G.E.D. recipient OR agreement to pursue a G.E.D.

If you do not have a H.S. diploma or its equivalency, you will be required to take a basic academic proficiency test; your position is contingent upon satisfactory testing results.

Get more information on the City Year – Volunteer for America.

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