NMFA Scholarships

Our spouse scholarship and professional funds range from $500 - $2500 and are available to military spouses with a valid military ID. Applications are closed until December 1, 2015. Applications are open from December through January each year. The award is a one-time payment that must be used within 12 months and can’t be used retroactively to cover expenses preceding February 1, 2016. You can apply each year, even if you have been awarded in the past.

Our Association partners with select schools to offer additional scholarships and licensing or certification funding for military spouses. Register to access these benefits.

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

types of scholarship

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)
  • Spouses of former service members, unless they are retired or medically-retired
Joanne Holbrook Patton

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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