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Scholarships Help Military Spouses Pursue College Degrees

college scholarships for military spousesAs we near July 4th, Americans will pause to remember what a great country we live in. Hopefully, they will also take a moment to thank those who help keep our nation safe. One way that colleges and universities continually thank men and women serving in the military throughout the year is by providing financial assistance so their spouses can attend college.

Some states, such as Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska also have scholarship programs that provide tuition, fees, and books to dependents and spouses of military members killed or disabled in action. The White House's Joining Forces initiative seeks to serve our military families, by providing employment and education assistance.

Rodney Butler, U.S. Army First Sergeant, Retired and Ashworth College Military Education Coordinator, says: Service members, military spouses and veterans are an important part of the Ashworth student family and it is always an honor to help improve the lives of those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.

Military spouse Rhonda McMullen, a mom of twin toddlers who is pursuing an online bachelors degree in early childhood education while being stationed in Landstuhl, Germany, is the recipient of a 2012 ACCESS Scholarship from Ashworth College. The ACCESS Ashworth College Continuing Education for Student Success Scholarship awards up to $25,000 annually to students.

Heres a quick look at some other military spouse scholarships available.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA): The program provides up to $4,000 in tuition for military spouses pursuing associate degrees, licenses, or certifications. Its part of the Department of Defenses Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program.

The American Freedom Foundation/Kaplan University Scholarship Program: Scholarships support military spouses seeking to enroll in an online associates or bachelors degree program at Kaplan University. Both full and partial scholarships are offered.

The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships: The National Military Family Association annually awards up to $1,000) in tuition, fees, and school room and board, to spouses of all uniformed services active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors.

University of Nebraska at Omaha Division of Continuing Studies Military Spouse Scholarship: Up to $1,000 annually toward tuition and fees, for non-military spouses of active duty military personnel.

If youre seeking to apply, deadlines for this fall are approaching quickly. Nows the time for military spouses to take advantage of programs that can help make your college dreams come true.

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