The Purple Heart Scholarship Fund

Purple Heart

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Supporting Those Who Have Given So Much

The men and women who serve in the United States military, regardless of branch, deserve the honor, respect and thanks of a grateful nation. Especially those who have been wounded in the line of duty.

While no single act can truly thank the brave men and women who have served their country faithfully, we, as a nation, can at least provide them with greater opportunity here at home. Members of the military who were awarded the Purple Heart have demonstrated their faithfulness, honor, willingness to sacrifice everything for the protection of others. This scholarship program is dedicated to respecting and supporting that commitment.

Higher education is expensive and can run into the tens of thousands of dollars per year. The Montgomery G.I. Bill and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill both provide a strong foundation for educational finance, but even these solid tools often fall short of footing the bill. This scholarship program provides financial support to service men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heard and are college bound.

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Purple Heart Scholarship Application

In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following four requirements:

  1. Be a high school graduate or have successfully completed a GED program
  2. Be accepted by or enrolled as a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college, university, or trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded
  3. Be able to demonstrate the capacity for advanced academic achievement or technical proficiency as demonstrated by maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) based on an un-weighted 4.0 grading system
  4. Have been awarded the Purple Heart and be a member of the armed forces in good standing or who have separated from service honorably.

Scholarship awards are made to deserving college-bound or trade-school bound students in the amount of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.  Applicants are required to submit a brief autobiography and write a 1,200 to 1,500 word essay that answers the following questions:

  • How has your military experience impacted your life?
  • What are your goals and intentions are towards the advancement or of understanding of service to your community and what are you ultimate goals in this area?

To qualify, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must also enter a four-year accredited college or university or accredited trade-school within 12 months of the application deadline. Existing students are eligible to apply, however only one award will be made to any individual.

Deadline for applications is May 15th.

In June The Funding Life Corporation will announce all scholarship recipients. Scholarship.Life will require all award recipients to provide their Social Security number and documentation verifying award of the Purple Heart (DD214).

The Funding Life Corporation will provide the scholarship payment to the recipients upon receipt of official documentation of registration from the college/university/trade-school that he or she is attending in the following fall or spring (for example, sending a letter with proof of first semester’s payment from the registrar’s office). Should the scholarship winner fail to attend the school within the stated time period, the scholarship will be given to the first runner-up.

A selection committee will judge all timely submissions. Author identity will remain anonymous during the judging.

To help inspire others, scholarship winner and runners-up will agree to have his or her name and city published, they must also agree to have his or her essay published on the Scholarship.Life and Funding.Life websites and will provide an appropriate photo to be used for publicity purposes and for distribution to the media.

The Funding Life Corporation will also retain the right to publish the essay of the winner and runners-up and to allow other professional media organizations to publish selected excerpts. Non-compliance with any of these requirements will result in forfeiture of the title and award. The decision of the judges is final.