There are a number of scholarship grants available for the children of veterans, including the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund, the Heroes Tribute Scholarships, grants from the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, the Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarship Awards and the John Cornelius/Max English Memorial Scholarship. Another grant, the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, or DEA, offer a maximum of 45 months of education and other training opportunities to the dependents of deceased or permanently disabled veterans.
To be eligible for the DEA, dependent children must be between 18 and 26 years old. Their veteran parent must also have been killed or permanently (or totally) disabled as a direct result of military service.
Typically, scholarship grants are awarded to the children of veterans based primarily on merit, rather than financial need or other factors. Those who receive grants from the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund, for example, are selected based not only on their academic grades (which must be of at least a 3.5 GPA), but also on evidence of community leadership, extracurricular activities, work experience and outside appraisal. However, some grants are awarded based on the circumstances of the veteran parent. The Heroes Tribute Scholarship, for example, is awarded specifically to the children of Marines or former Marines killed in or since the 9/11 terrorist attack.