Military Spouse Scholarship Applications Open Now

Each year, the National Military Family Association (NMFA) awards many scholarships to military spouses through it’s Joanne Holbrook Patton Scholarship program.  The application period for 2012 scholarship awards begins today, 1 December 2011, and all applications must be submitted by 31 January 2012.

Who Is Eligible?

The Joanne Holbrook Patton scholarship is available to military spouses who hold a valid military ID as of 1 April 2012.  Active duty, reserve, retiree, National Guard and survivor spouses may apply.  Members of the NMFA Board of Governors or Board of Advisors, volunteers, employees, and their immediate families are not eligible to apply.

How Much Is The Scholarship?

Scholarship awards may be up to $1,000 and must be used for tuition, fees or room and board.

What Programs May Be Funded?

The Joanne Patton scholarship may be used for high school GEDs, English as a Second Language education, vocational certifications, state-required licensure, post-secondary, undergraduate or graduate work.  All studies must be done through U.S. schools, though the scholarship does cover distance learning and may be used by spouses who reside overseas but attend classes through an U.S. school.

How Do I Apply?

The scholarship application can be found at the NMFA website.

If you require more information, there is a great Frequently Asked Questions page.

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • steven

    This sounds to good to be true! Is it true my wife can receive upto $1,000 for education into becoming CNA? I am 20 year retired Navy and if it is true I would like to be part of it==THANK GOD!!

  • Patricia Condojani

    This program educational Scholarship is exactly what I am looking forward too.
    I am a spouse of a Navy Corpsman who died from his injuries suffered during Vietnam. He died in 2006, at 61 years 0f age. He was to young to die and for w a. thankless war.