The Gulf War officially occurred between the time period of August 1990 and February 1991. However, the subsequent Operation Desert Storm actually lasted until late 1995. There were coalition forces from the UK, Canada, Australia, the Arab League and the United States involved in this action.
It is now more than two decades since the Gulf War and many veterans of this conflict are ready to make a change in their life. In some cases, this means heading back to college now that their time in the military has officially come to an end. In other cases, it is actually the children of these war veterans that are ready to tackle a university level education. And still other folks endured serious war injuries that took years to heal and now that they are on the pathway to wellness, a college education is in their life plan.
There are several scholarship opportunities for Gulf War and Desert Storm veterans and their immediate family. This extra funding is certainly added incentive to make the leap into college life. Some of these scholarships are private while others are publicly funded programs.
The Horatio Alger Association
This group is offering scholarships for Gulf War and Desert Storm veterans in the amount of $5000. The intended recipient must be able to show an honorable discharge from the military and also be able to demonstrate a financial need for the scholarship funds. The scholarship is for a bachelor’s level degree at an accredited institution in the United States.
The GI Bill is a scholarship designed for veterans of all wars and is a federally funded program. The maximum amount of money available per recipient is $17,500 per college year. This fund is available to both veterans as well as active military. Also, the National Guard is eligible for the GI Bill. Further, there is a housing allowance under this scholarship program.
VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association
From $2,000 to $5,000 is available in scholarship funds to eligible Desert Storm veteran applicants under this program. Qualified applicants can use the scholarship funds for either a two year or four year college. Additionally, consideration is given to extracurricular activities of the applicant, including community service, professional organizations, and high school level organizations.
Liberty University Heroes Scholarship Fund
This scholarship program is exclusive to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Recipients of the prestigious Purple Heart or surviving spouses of military personnel killed in the line of duty are the only applicants eligible for this award. The award is valued at the full cost of tuition at Liberty University.
American Patriot Freedom Scholarship Award for Military Dependent Children
This scholarship program is actually for the children of military personnel. In existence since 2009, this fund has distributed more than $105,000 in scholarship funds to children of veterans who are attending college. The application process includes an essay and the awarded funds may be used to tuition, books, room and board and any other related college expenses.