External Scholarships

The following scholarships are not affiliated with Park University. While many of our students have been awarded these scholarships, our Financial Aid office does not determine eligibility and is not involved in the award process. Students should use their own discretion when deciding whether to apply.


Military Services Education Assistance Programs

Each branch of the military offers education assistance programs for their service members and dependents. Here are some examples:

Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and Sport Clips – Help a Hero Scholarship
This scholarship provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It’s just another way for us to say “thank you” to those who fought for our freedoms. Scholarships are awarded twice a year.

VFW Website

Veterans Affairs programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers programs that help cover the cost of tuition not only for service members and veterans, but also for their dependents, such as:

Air Force Aid Society
For Dependents of active members of the Air Force. Contact Air Force Aid Society at 800-429-9475.

Air Force Association Scholarship Program: https://www.afa.org/education/scholarships

Hope for the Warriors Scholarship Program: https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/transition/military-spouse-scholarships/

Mike and Gail Donley Spouse Scholarshiphttps://app.smarterselect.com/programs/62842-Air-Force-Association

Military Enlisted Spouses’ Club
For Military Dependents – For more information contact the Enlisted Spouses Club at your military installation.

Military Family Scholarship
Dependent of Military Member and given only to students on military campuses. Only for students admitted in last year.

Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) Military Spouse Scholarship Program: https://modernmilitary.org/portfolio-items/scholarship/

Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program:  https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org/scholarships/spouse/

My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program

This is “tuition assistance” available to spouses of active duty members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2.
Visit MyCAA’s Park University information here.

National Military Family Association
For military spouses NMFA awards can be used for a variety of educational and employment pursuits. Scholarship funds on average are $1,000 and can be used towards degrees, certifications, licensure, clinical supervision for mental health licensure, CEUs, business expenses and more! Any spouse with a valid military ID is eligible. 

NMFA Website

NMCRS Education Assistance Program: http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/education-loans-and-scholarships

Navy-Marine Travers Scholarship
For Dependents of active or retired members of the Navy or Marine Corp. Contact Navy-Marine Corp. Relief Society. 703-696-4960.

Officers’ Spouses Club Scholarship
For Military Dependents – For more information contact the Officers’ Spouses Club at your military installation.

Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship Program: https://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/

Patriot Education Fund Scholarship Program: https://www.patrioteducationfund.org/

ThanksUSA Special Military Spouse Scholarships: https://www.thanksusa.org/scholarships.html

Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and Sport Clips – Help a Hero Scholarship
This scholarship provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It’s just another way for us to say “thank you” to those who fought for our freedoms. Scholarships are awarded twice a year.

VFW Website

El Paso:    FBSA Merit Scholarships:  https://thefbsa.org/scholarships

FE Warren AFB:   FE Warren Spouses’ Club Scholarships: https://www.warrenspousesclub.org/scholarships

Fort Bliss:   FBSA Merit Scholarships:  https://thefbsa.org/scholarships

Hanscom AFB: Hanscom Spouses’ Club Scholarships: https://hanscomsc.org/scholarship.html

Holloman AFB: Holloman Spouses’ Club:  hsoscholarships@gmail.com

Lackland AFB:    Lackland Spouses Club Scholarships: https://lacklandsc.org/philanthropy/scholarships/

Malmstrom AFB: Malmstrom Spouses Club: scholarshipchairmsc@gmail.com

MCAS Cherry Point:  Cherry Point Spouse Club:  https://cherrypointspouseclub.com/

Moody AFB:  Moody Thrift Store Scholarship: moodyafbtsscholars@gmail.com

Mountain Home AFB:  Billie J. Harvard Spouse Scholarship: http://www.mountainhomeosc.org/uploads/4/5/4/2/45425805/2017_spouse_scholarship.pdf

Wright-Patterson AFB:  Officers’ Spouse’s Club (OSC):  http://wrightpattersonosc.org/

The AEV program supports the continued educational development of senior enlisted leaders to support the Navy our nation needs,” said Tom Smith, NETC AEV program manager. “The program provides the Navy’s chief, senior chief and master chief petty officers a platform to pursue higher education that makes them more effective leaders along with enhancing their technical competencies in our ever-changing operational environments.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be top performing active-duty senior enlisted personnel (E-7 to E-9) who are transferring to, or currently on shore duty with sufficient time ashore to complete a baccalaureate or master’s degree program. Applicants on sea duty may apply provided they submit an education plan that shows the ability to complete the degree program as specified above.

How many quotas are available?

The AEV program has 10 quotas – five bachelor degrees and five master degrees – available for FY-22.

What Navy-relevant degrees are included in the AEV program?

Degrees considered for the baccalaureate program include:
• Strategic Foreign Languages
• Construction Management
• Emergency and Disaster Management
• Human Resources
• Paralegal, Leadership and Management
• Engineering
• Information Technology
• Nursing
• Business Administration
• Electrical and Electronic Technology

Degrees considered for the master’s program include:
• Emergency and Disaster Management
• Human Resources
• Project Management
• Engineering and Technology
• Systems Analysis
• Information Technology
• Homeland Defense and Security
• Leadership and Management
• Business Administration
• Education and Training Management

Degree programs other than those listed above must be validated as a Navy-relevant degree by the NETC AEV program manager.

How much funding does the Navy provide?

Participants in the AEV Program will be provided funds for tuition, books, and related fees for completion of their advanced degrees within the following limits:

• Bachelor’s degree: Funding limits are a maximum of $6,700 per fiscal year for up to 36 months from the date of signing a letter of acceptance, not to exceed $20,000 total program cost.

  • Master’s degree: Funding limits are a maximum of $20,000 per fiscal year for up to 24 months from the date of signing a letter of acceptance, not to exceed $40,000 total program cost.

When does the program begin?

Applicants should be available to commence their studies in the 2021 fall term (after Oct. 1, 2021).

Is there a service obligation?

Participants shall agree to remain on active duty for a period equal to three times the number of months of education completed or three years, whichever is less.

What is the submission deadline?

Deadline for applying for the FY-22 AEV program is May 24, 2021. Applications should be e-mailed to the program manager.

Where can I get additional information on the program?

Additional information about the AEV program is athttps://www.navycollege.navy.mil/common-resources/education-voucher-programs.htm or by contacting Thomas Smith, NETC N525, at (850) 452-7271/DSN 459-7271, or via e-mail at thomas.a.smith4@navy.mil.

Student Veterans of America and Raytheon Missiles and Defense (RMD) have partnered to provide two $10,000 scholarships to student veterans demonstrating a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study, as well as demonstrated leadership and engagement within their community.

The Patriot Scholarship is offered specifically to eligible U.S. Army veterans, and is named after RMD’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.

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Other Funding & Scholarships

Bright Flight Scholarship Program
Must be a high school senior to apply. Must be full-time enrolled and a Missouri resident and rank in top 3% ACT or SAT.

Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant
The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a new financial aid program for adults. The grant addresses workforce needs by helping adults pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need. Grant recipients must maintain Missouri residency and work in Missouri for three years after graduation to prevent the grant from becoming a loan that must be repaid with interest.  Learn more.

KC Scholars
KC Scholars is creating the life-changing opportunity for thousands of individuals and is positively transforming the region’s workforce and economy. KC Scholars provides the opportunity for college for those who likely would not otherwise attend or complete by serving a 6-county area in the Kansas City area region including Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Platte, and Wyandotte counties.

Park Hill School District Scholarship
Seniors attending the Park Hill High School District who demonstrated academic ability and perseverance while completing H.S. course work. Contact P.H. School District Ed. Foundation.

Peace Studies Scholarship
One Class/One Semester
Offered by PeaceWorks in Kansas City. Criteria is as follows: Is a Peace Studies minor candidate with an overall 2.50 GPA; Willing to take part in a peace & justice project mutually agreed upon with P.W.; Has Financial Need as demonstrated by the FAFSA application and demonstrates a genuine interest in the peace & justice movement.

Presbyterian Grant
Students making application should request the Pastor, Clerk of Session or Director of Christian Ed. from their church to write a letter of recommendation for use in applying for the grant. Has Financial Need as demonstrated by the FAFSA application.

Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship
Missouri residents, award amount of up to $5,000.

UPS Foundation Scholarship
For an outstanding student involved in extra activities.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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