University of Maryland Global Campus offers multiple scholarships—which include full tuition, fees, and course-required resources—for caregivers of recovering servicemembers and veterans through the Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program. This scholarship aims to honor the unparalleled selflessness and extraordinary commitment of these caregivers.
The application deadline for 2021–2022 scholarships was April 30, 2021.
The program is managed by UMGC and The Blewitt Foundation in association with the National Military Family Association.
To be considered for this scholarship program, you must be a spouse, parent, stepparent, sibling, stepsibling, fiancé, child, stepchild, or friend of a servicemember or veteran who became wounded, injured, or ill in the line-of-duty after September 11, 2001. Enrollment in the VA Caregiver Program or assignment as a DoD-designated non-medical attendant (NMA) is not required. However, UMGC will, in its entirety, determine eligibility based on the documentation required for the proof of caregiver status to that veteran or servicemember.
A scholarship review committee will verify each applicant's caregiver status based on the supporting materials required as part of the application process.
In addition, you must
Have received a high school diploma or GED
Be currently enrolled or plan to enroll, if selected, in a degree or certificate program at UMGC with a minimum of 6 credits per term for undergraduate students or 3 credits per term for graduate students during the fall and spring terms; winter and summer term registration is optional, although the scholarship covers courses taken in those terms
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before the scholarship application deadline; please note the following:
UMGC's school code is 011644.
Applicants with Title IV student loans in default cannot be considered for the Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program.
Agree to participate in activities to help promote the Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program; activities may include a photo shoot, attendance at an event, and the creation of a video documenting scholarship recipients