Military Spouse Scholarships

Our scholarship and professional support program's goal is to help military spouses prepare for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial wellbeing. You must be a spouse with a valid military ID to apply. This includes spouses of active duty, guard, reserve, and retired service members, as well as surviving spouses. Spouses who are service members themselves are generally not eligible to apply, but we may permit exceptions on a case-by-case basis.   

Scholarships and other awards range from $500 to $2,500, depending on the type of program you are pursuing and the funding we have available. You may apply each year, even if you have been awarded in a previous year.

Applications are open December 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015.


Scholarships and funding are available for a variety of educational and professional pursuits:

  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • Ph.Ds.
  • Trade School
  • Licensure fees and exams
  • Certification programs
  • Supervision for mental health licensure
  • High School Equivalency classes and exams
  • English as a Second Language classes
  • Professional training
  • Continuing education credits

Additional Scholarship Offers for NMFA Applicants

In addition to our Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships, spouses may be eligible for scholarships offered exclusively to our applicants by our partner colleges and universities. These scholarships are only available to spouses who apply using the links and/or promotional codes specified by each school. Click here for a list of participating schools.



Sign up for eNotices about future education opportunities, or visit our Spouse Education section for topics like how to choose a school, what to do when you have to transfer schools, and financial assistance related information. You can also read our report Education & the Military Spouse: The Long Road to Success, which identifies education issues and barriers specific to military spouses.