Scholarship programs aim to help military spouses pursue college degreesMany schools are creating scholarships that are designed for military personnel who are returning from overseas. These individuals often put their life and education on hold while they serve their country. Moreover, service members' families are eligible for many of these programs.

Other colleges are reducing the cost of tuition to help service members' spouse obtain a quality education and to reduce the amount of debt they accrue when they graduate.

For instance, Grantham University, which is an online school, recently announced that it awarded its annual Blue Star Flag Scholarship to Carrie Murphy.

The scholarship is designed specifically to provide educational opportunities to military service members and their families. The recipient received money to cover the cost of tuition, textbooks, software and fees toward a four-year degree at the online school.

Murphy is married to an Army engineer and plans to pursue a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Furthermore, she said she believed her prior experience working with victims of domestic and sexual abuse will help add perspective to the program.

“This scholarship will give me the opportunity to acquire the tools necessary to have a career that would be portable enough to move from military base to military base with my husband,” said Murphy. “I want my husband and children to be proud of me. I want to be proud of me.”

Online school continues to offer tuition at a reduced price for military spouses

Similarly, the New England College of Business recently announced that it will continue to reduce tuition costs for its associates degree in business administration program for all spouses of active duty service members.

Officials said that the discount will allow the school to reduce the cost of the program and help students graduate with less than $4,000 worth of debt. They added that under the new military spouse scholarship guidelines, the MyCAA benefits can cover 100 percent of the tuition costs.

Originally, the program was slated to end in January. However, due to the positive feedback from students, the program was recently extended into May.

New England College of Business offers its courses online, which allows students to learn on their schedule rather than traveling to a central campus. The school boasts high graduation and retention rates. Officials said that they are committed to quality and affordability and have been designated a Yellow Ribbon and Military Friendly college.

"Online learning was not available and there were no programs to help military families pay for their education," Emily Knight, director of the school's outreach program. "I firmly believe that military spouses need our support and it is our obligation to help them achieve their education goals."

Company continues to offer scholarship children of military families

Likewise, the Defense Commissary Agency's (DECA) Military Children scholarship programs are offering funding to teens who seek to pursue higher education, The Fort Polk Guardian reports.

Officials told the news source that the program has awarded nearly $8.3 million is in scholarships to more than 5,400 children of military personnel.

They added that only dependent, unmarried children of active-duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, retirees or survivors of service members who died while serving may apply for the scholarship.

"The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force," Thomas Milks, director of DECA, told the news source. "It also celebrates our role in the military community as the scholarships are awarded annually through each commissary operated by DeCA."

Officials noted that the program expects to award recipients with at least $1,500 overall. 

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