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John D. Fry Scholarship Program for Military Children

The armed services recognizes that many young people have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty for the past 9 years and that a good number of these men and women have left behind children that will be needing a resource to help them make their way through college (from a financial aspect). As a commitment to help these future scholars, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs recently rolled out an educational scholarship, similar to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, to provide funding for their educational endeavors.

The Fry Scholarship is named for Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry who was 28 years of age when he died while trying to diffuse an explosive in Iraq back in 2006. He left behind three young children.

Eligible children will be able to receive up to the highest in-state public undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly stipend for living allowances and book fees. The Department of Veteran Affairs began accepting applications on May 1st, 2010 and estimate that nearly 1500 children will make use of the benefit this year alone.

The following outlines the eligibility requirements for this scholarship program:

Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001, are eligible for this benefit. A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible.

Eligible children:

  • are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his or her 18th birthday
  • may use the benefit until his or her 33rd birthday
  • cannot use benefit before age 18, even if he or she has completed high school
  • are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program

Rules for eligible children serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces:

  • If the child is eligible under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, and/or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program, then he or she must relinquish eligibility under one of those programs to receive benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • A child’s character of discharge from his or her own service does not impact eligibility resulting from the line of duty death of a parent.
  • A child on active duty will receive benefits at the active duty benefit rate (eligible for full tuition and fees but not eligible for monthly housing allowance or books and supplies stipend).
  • A child on active duty who meets the service requirements to transfer entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be eligible to transfer up to 36 months of Fry Scholarship entitlement to his or her dependents.

If you want to apply for this benefit you can fill out VA Form 22-5490 “Dependents Application for Educational Benefits”

Additional information can be found at: www.GIBill.va.gov or by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551)

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One Response to “John D. Fry Scholarship Program for Military Children”

  1. Blake says:

    “?cannot use benefit before age 18, even if he or she has completed high school”

    This is not correct. Children are eligible prior to age 18 if they have graduated college.

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