Spouse Scholarships

NMFA Scholarships + Career Funds

NMFA awards an average of $500 for career funding and $1,000 for degrees. Up to $2500 is available for clinical supervision towards licensure in the mental health profession. Spouses are also eligible for funding, typically $1,000, to build their own businesses. This includes entrepreneurs, LLCs, direct sales, franchises, contractors, and other for-profit ventures. Non-profit organizations, please check back in our May application round. Any spouse with a valid military ID is eligible. Apply from October 1st through January 15th, and May 1st through June 30th.

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Scholarship Eligibility

You can apply for a spouse scholarship if you:

  • are a military spouse with a valid military ID
  • are married to an active duty, reserve, guard, retired, medically retired, wounded or fallen service member (must be a service-related wound, illness, injury or death that took place after September 11, 2001)
  • are a dual service military spouse
  • are a divorced spouse, but ONLY if you receive 20/20/20 benefits or 20/20/15 benefits
  • are married when we ask for verification paperwork, usually a month after the applications close

Here’s who is not eligible:

  • Surviving spouses who are remarried, unless they are remarried to a service member
  • Children (Check the Defense Commissary Agency Military Children Scholarships at www.fisherhouse.org)
  • Spouses of former service members, unless they are retired or medically-retired

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Partner School Scholarships

NMFA partners with select schools to offer a variety of additional scholarships that are uniquely designed for military spouses.

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Certification + Licensing Scholarships

Military spouses seeking a license, certificate, training, continuing education credits, exams, or fees, we have funds for you.

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About Joanne Holbrook Patton

Our Scholarship Program is named in honor of Joanne Holbrook Patton, a fifth-generation Army daughter and daughter-in-law of General George S. Patton. She was married to the late Major General George S. Patton for 52 years and believes strongly in the importance of education for military spouses.

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