Armed Forces Children's Education Fund

Are you a student and child of a fallen service member?Apply for a higher education scholarship.

A Million Thanks, along with all Americans, wish to say THANK YOU to you and your family!

Applications are accepted January 1 – March 31 & July 1 – October 15 each year

Awards are available based on need and merit and may be partial or full tuition coverage

Awards are not renewable (but you may apply again!)

Awards are secondary to other funding sources and payment will be made directly to the school

A submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship. The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final


You must be a surviving child of a U.S. Military Service Member who lost their life on or after October 7, 2001, while serving their country.

You must be enrolled or accepted at an eligible educational institution (college, university or accepted trade school) that meets federal accreditation standards.

You must be able to prove financial need of funds (for need based award). You must submit a completed application and 500-word essay answering the question "Why is it important for me to continue my education and how does my education fit into the plan I have for my life”.

If the above qualifications are met, click on the application button below. Fill out the application, along with all additional documents and information required.


Career Phase:
Discharges Allowed:
  • Honorable
Military Branch:
Programs for Family Members:
  • Surviving Child
Service Counties:
  • Virtual - Online Only
Services Category:
  • Ed - Scholarships and Tuition Assistance
  • MH - Death and Bereavement
VA Disability Rating Requirement:
  • No Disability Requirement
Vet Plus: