Ohio War Orphan Scholarship

What is it?

The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans’ Children Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict.

Is there a deadline?

The application deadline is May 15th of every year. A complete application MUST be received or postmarked by May 15th in order to be considered for the scholarship for the following academic year. 

Who is eligible?

To receive War Orphans Scholarship benefits, a student must be an Ohio resident and enrolled for full-time undergraduate study and pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree at an eligible Ohio college or university. Applicants must apply between the ages of 16 and 24.

How much aid is available?

Scholarship benefits cover a portion of instructional and general fee charges at two and four-year public institutions and a portion of these charges at eligible private colleges and universities. The benefits are determined each year based on the number of eligible applications.

How do I apply?

Application is made to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, State Grants and Scholarships Department.

More information, and the online scholarship application, are available on the Ohio Department of Higher Education website.

Monroe County Veterans Scholarship

What is it?

The Monroe County Veteran’s Service Commission offers a one-time $1,000 scholarship to Monroe County high school seniors who complete the Americanism test administered by the American Legion.

The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant that received the highest score on the Americanism test as determined by the administrating American Legion. In the event of a tie the decision will be made by the school’s principal evaluating the essay portion of the Americanism test. If a determination of winner still cannot be made the student’s extracurricular or community service activities may be used to resolve tie.

Is there a deadline?

The application deadline is November 1st of every year. A complete application MUST be received by the Monroe County Veterans Office or postmarked by November 1st in order to be considered for the scholarship. 

Who is eligible?

To receive Monroe County Veteran Scholarship benefits, a student must be a United States resident and reside in Monroe County for at least 90 days. The student must also be accepted into an undergraduate or graduate college degree program or job training program. Applicants must be a spouse, child, grand-child or sibling of an Honorably or General under Honorable discharged conditions United States Veterans or a current member of the active military including National Guard and Reserves.

How much aid is available?

Eight $1000 one-time scholarships will be awarded annually. They are available to one male and one female student from each of the counties three high schools (Beallsville, Monroe Central and River) and one career center (Swiss Hills).

Every effort will be made to award all eight available scholarships. If there is a lack of applicants to award scholarships by the above criteria, the bases of gender and/or the number of scholarships per school may be excluded. The highest score of the Americanism test will still apply.

How do I apply?

Applications are available at the Monroe County Veterans Office or click the online county scholarship. At time of application a student must show proof of Honorable or General under honorable discharged conditions such as a DD214, Veterans record of service, letter from Commanding officer certifying active-duty status, or Duty orders of the related veteran or service member. After determination of winner, to claim the award the student must provide proof of high school diploma or GED and copy of college or training school acceptance letter prior to award acceptance.

Other Scholarships

Steven Michael Memorial Scholarship – $1000 Scholarship to a student pursing a post high school education at an accredited school or university for an Associate degree, Bachelor Degree or trade school. Must be a student of River High School, Monroe Central High School, Swiss Hills Vocational School or resident of Monroe County.

GI Bill

Access relevant information linked via the Ohio’s State Approving Agency, including GI Bill-approved programs and the Ohio Board of Regents.

Other Education Resources

IBM SkillsBuild – NACVSO, is excited to provide veterans with complimentary access to a wide array of IBM SkillsBuild courses. You can explore a diverse range of topics, including but not limited to Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Mindfulness, and Health Improvement. These courses are industry-aligned and come with credentials.

College Credit for Military Training and Experience – Earn potential college credit for training, experience, or coursework you completed while in the Armed Forces, submit your Joint Service Transcript (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard) or your Community College of the Air Force (Air Force) transcript to the institution you are attending.

Veterans’ guide to vocational schools and apprenticeship programs: resource from

Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31) – If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program—also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps you explore employment options and address education or training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits.