The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
Military spouses now have an opportunity to complete their college degree, seek teacher certification, or other educational opportunities with financial assistance from the Department of Defense (DOD). They are providing up to $6,000 to help pay the tuition and fees for spouses to complete a career program that will allow for the continuation of employment as their family moves from duty station to duty station.
For the latest information on the program and how to sign up visit the MYCAA website or check out the MyCAA Fact Sheet.
Fry Scholarship (PDF)
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) pays eligible dependents (children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001) up to 36 months of the full, 100% level, of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. This includes the tuition and fee payment, a monthly housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend. You may have to make an irrevocable election between the Fry Scholarship and the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance program (Chapter 35) to receive benefits. To apply, complete VA Form 22-5490, and either mail it to the Muskogee regional VA office or email the completed PDF application form through their secure email system. View current payment rates.
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 wounded or fallen in combat or training 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. You must be 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 separated service members, unless the service member was wounded in combat or training after September 9, 2001
Visit the Natioanl Military Familiy Association (NMFA) webpage for more information.
Troops to Teachers (PDF)
Texas Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a federally funded program designed to assist retiring and separating military veterans to become teachers in their next careers. Nationally, the Troops to Teachers Program is funded by the federal Department of Defense, but is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) office in Pensacola, Florida.
At the state level, the Texas Troops to Teachers Office provides information and guidance to participants on all aspects of teacher certification. Texas TTT works with teacher certification programs to assist our participants in selecting the program that will work best for their certification process. We actively market the TTT program to all university and alternative certification programs, and provide funding to eligible participants to help pay for their certification programs and incentive bonuses for those who teach at high-needs schools. The Texas TTT office works closely with military installations to be sure that all eligible veterans who want to become teachers are aware of the benefits available from TTT. All service members and veterans, whether they qualify for funding from TTT or not, are encouraged to contact the Texas TTT office for information and assistance in becoming teachers in Texas.
To register for the Troops to Teachers program, click here.
Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has invested over $6 million in scholarships for 347 scholars nationwide.
Tillman Scholars (PDF)
Who is eligible to apply?
- Veteran and active-duty military service members
- Honorably discharged of pre- and/or post-9/11 service rom all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve
- Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses
- Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time* student:
- Undergraduate (Bachelor’s or above)
- Graduate or post-graduate degree
- At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited insitution
What is required for application?
- Applicants will be required to submit the following:
- DD-214 (please block out your SSN)
- Two essay questions
- Financial worksheet
- Character recommendation from a third-party
- If an applicant progresses, we will request the following additional information at junctures in the selection process:
- Student Aid Report from FAFSA
- Two photos from military service or with your spouse
- Institutional financial aid award letter
- Completion of a background check
To apply and find out what documents are needed, go to the Pat Tillman Foundation website.
Founded by two veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, Roy Sartin and Eli Williamson, Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that invests in Veterans to build better communities through employment training, transitional jobs, and our veteran educational debt relief scholarship. Leave No Veteran Behind invests in heroes who have served their country honorably and who seek to continue their service as assets in communities across America. Visit the LNVB webpage for more information.