Skip to Content

Foundation Scholarships

Uzoeghelu outside of Harvard Medical School

Our VUF Scholars

Army Veteran and recent Harvard grad works to end HIV/AIDS epidemic after overcoming traumatic brain injury

Read More

About The Scholarship

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship creates opportunities for family members of service members and Veterans to achieve their educational dreams. Launched in 2012, the scholarship program is funded by contributions from Veterans United Home Loans and its employees. Since our scholarship program was created, over $1 MILLION has been awarded to support the educational dreams of military families across the U.S.

Scholarship Timeline

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship is available each year. Use this handy timeline to stay on top of deadlines this year or start preparations for the next application period.

  • 2024 Application Period

    Fri, March 1st - Sun, March 31st

    This application period has closed.


To qualify for the scholarship program, you must meet one of the following conditions:

  • The applicant is a veteran with 100% service connected disability
  • The applicant is a surviving spouse of a deceased servicemember from a service-related death
  • The applicant is a surviving child of a deceased servicemember from a service-related death

Other Requirements

  • Currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university for the upcoming semester
  • Pursuing an associate's, bachelor's, graduate, post-graduate or doctoral degree
  • Comfortable with sharing personal stories and aspirations with Veterans United Foundation
  • Able to provide the following within three business days of application submission:
    • Deceased parent or spouse's military documents (DD214 and death certificate /or DD1300)
    • Official benefit letter showing disability rating (if applicable)
    • Full FAFSA submission
    • Proof of enrollment from your accredited college or university
    • Government-issued photo ID
  • Able to provide Veterans United Foundation with receipts or invoices related to eligible educational costs as they are incurred in order to receive payment. Eligible costs include tuition, books, fees, school materials and some aspects of room and board as determined by Veterans United Foundation.
  • Candidates may be required to complete a background check


Awards will be granted based on the following criteria:

  • A Typed Essay

    Share your story of how your military service or losing your spouse/parent affected you. Explain who you are, where your life has taken you, and what you hope to pursue through your college education and beyond.

  • Financial Need

    Determined by the Veterans United Foundation awards team and based on full FAFSA submission.

  • Additional Information

    Your community, church, athletic and school involvement or achievements, plus anything else you would like to have considered (may include photos, drawings, poems, writings, etc.).

Strong Partnerships That Make A Difference

  • The YMCA - Armed Services YMCA
  • Boot Campaign
  • Boulder Crest Retreat
  • Gary Sinise Foundation
  • Welcome Home

See all of our amazing partners →