Gunnery Sgt. Fry Scholarships Opens to Spouses

Implementation of some changes to the Gunnery Sgt. David Fry Scholarship Program are coming earlier than expected: As of November 1, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications from Gold Star Spouses to participate in the program.

The Gunnery Sgt. Fry Scholarship was a education benefit designed to enable dependents of active duty service members killed in the line of duty to utilize the Post-9/11 Gi Bill. The program has been effective since August 1, 2009, but was only afforded to children of the deceased, not spouses. The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, signed in August 2014, opened up the scholarship to the well-deserving spouses, with an anticipated implementation beginning in July 2015. The VA has recently decided that implementation of this provision will be easier than the new in-state tuition requirement also required by the Act, giving spouses access to the scholarship months sooner than expected.

Eligible spouses will receive up to 36 months of 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill which includes, but is not limited to: tuition and fee payment, monthly housing allowance, and a stipend for books and supplies. Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Programs are also now eligible to elect the Gunnery Sgt. Fry Scholarship. For more information visit the VA website and apply on November 1, 2015, by clicking here and utilizing our Get Started Checklist.

Semper Fi,
Ryan Tomlinson
USMC-OIF Vet