Scholarships for USA Marine Corps dependents is provided by The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation was established to honour the service and sacrifice of Marines and their families. It is meant for the fallen, and wounded Marine Corps dependents.
The scholarship is made possible through tax-deductible donations.
As a Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation helps cover the cost of attending post-high school, undergraduate, and career and technical education programs.
Requirements for USA Marine Corps Dependents Scholarship
Children or step-children (dependents) of one of the following persons are eligible to apply for Marine Corps Scholarship
- Active duty, Reserve, or veteran U.S. Marine
- A Marine killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps
- Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman, Navy Chaplain or Religious Program Specialist who is or was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit*
- The marine Corps dependents should have a minimum of 2.00 GPA
- They should demonstrate financial need through a family adjusted gross income of $109,000 or less for the 2020 tax year
- They should be attending or planning to attend a school listed on the National Center for Education Statistic’s College Navigator website for the upcoming academic year
- They are to submit a completed application with all required documents by the deadline
- In addition to the above eligibility criteria, the veterans must have received an honorable discharge.
Disqualifications Criteria for Scholarships for USA Marine Corps
The dependents of USA Marine Corps will be disqualified if:
- Military parent or applicant veteran does not have an honorable discharge
- Applicant already has an undergraduate degree
- Applicant and/or awarded scholar is attending a Federal Service Academy or a school not listed on College Navigator
- Applicants whose military stepparent is no longer married to their biological parent.
USA Marine Corps Scholarship Awards Worth
For Children Of The Fallen
The Scholarship Foundation guarantees scholarships of $30,000 over four years ($7,500 per year) to eligible children of the following:
- Children of Marines and veteran Marines whose parent was killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001
- Children of Marines or Navy Corpsmen, Chaplains or Religious Program Specialists attached to a Marine unit who were killed in combat operations or during a Department of Defense operation, training exercise, or domestic terrorist incident on or after September 11, 2001
- Children of Marines, Navy Corpsmen, Chaplains or Religious Program Specialists attached to a Marine unit whose parent died by suicide as a result of combat related Post-Traumatic Stress.
For Children Of The Wounded
The Scholarship Foundation provides scholarship support of $6,000 to $40,000 over four years ($1,500 – $10,000 per year) to eligible children of the following:
- Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, Chaplains or Religious Program Specialists attached to a Marine unit who were wounded in action in any war or conflict.
- Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, Chaplains or Religious Program Specialists attached to a Marine unit who were permanently retired from the Marine Corps or Navy as a result of their service related injury.
- Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, Chaplains or Religious Program Specialists attached to a Marine unit whose parent is currently ill or injured and serving with Wounded Warrior Regiment/Battalion.
Grandchildren applicants must provide documentation of their grandparent’s membership in one of the associations below and meet the Scholarship Foundation’s eligibility criteria as listed above. This includes financial eligibility and there are no exceptions. These programs receive limited funding and not all who apply will receive a scholarship award.
- 4th Marine Division Association of WWII
- 5th Marine Division Association of WWII
- 531 Gray Ghost Squadron Association
- 3rd Battalion/26th Marines
- Basic Class 3-56 Graduate
- Marines’ Memorial Association
- USMC/Combat Helicopter Association
Proof of membership can include: membership card, roster list, letter from the association indicating membership.
How to Apply for Scholarships for USA Marine Corps
Children Of The Fallen
Pre-register your family to receive Heroes Tribute Fallen program updates and application reminders
Children of the wounded
Pre-register your family to receive Heroes Tribute Wounded program updates and application reminders
Click on Marine Corps Scholarships Foundation Application website to apply
Scholarships for Marine Corps Dependents Application Timeline
January 1 – Application opens
March 1 – Application deadline
May 31 – Award decisions e-mailed to students
August 1 – First batch of scholarship payments sent to schools (subsequent batches sent approximately twice a month)
November 1 – Award Acceptance deadline
December/January – Transfer paperwork due (if applicable).
Needed documents for scholarships for Marine Corps dependents application
- Transcript: Your transcript must be dated after January 1, of the year you are applying for and show your full name, school’s name, most recent grades, and a cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale.
- Federal tax return of not older than 2 years: For 2022, 2020 tax return is needed. The first two pages of the 2020 Federal Tax Return you are claimed on OR the 2020 Verification of Non-filing of a Federal Tax Return.
- Qualifying military parent service documentation: Click here to learn more about the document you’ll need to provide.
- Photo: A clear photo of yourself suitable for reproduction in our publications and donor relations materials. The photo must be at least 500KB and preferably 300 dpi. See photo guidelines here.
Additional information about these documents can be found in Application Documents.