Applicants must be the child of one of the following:
- Active duty or reserve U.S. Marine;
- Veteran U.S. Marine who has received an honorable discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps;
- Active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is serving or has served with a U.S. Marine unit;
- Veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who has served with a U.S. Marine unit and has received an honorable discharge, or was killed in the U.S. Navy.
Additionally, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
- Family adjusted gross income for the 2013 tax year that does not exceed $93,000. Non-taxable allowances are not included in determining adjusted gross income;
- Planning to attend an accredited undergraduate college or vocational/technical institution in the upcoming academic year, and pursuing their first associate's degree, bachelor's degree or first technical certificate. Students attending Federal Service Academies or pursing graduate degrees are not eligible.
Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Fallen:
The Scholarship Foundation guarantees scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years ($7,500 a year) to eligible* children of the following:
- Children of Marines and veteran Marines who were killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001;
- Children of Marines and children of Navy Corpsmen attached to a Marine unit, who were killed in combat operations after September 11, 2001;
- Children of Navy Religious Program Specialists attached to a Marine unit who were killed in combat operations on or after September 27, 2008; or
- Children of Marines who were killed in training after September 27, 2008.
*Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Fallen applicants must meet the established eligibility criteria, excluding the income eligibility requirement.
Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Wounded:
The Scholarship Foundation provides scholarship support to eligible children of wounded Marines and Navy Corpsmen attached to Marine units--from all conflicts and wars--insuring that these children have the opportunity to attend college or vocational/technical institutions.
Limited Grandchildren Eligibility:
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation administers scholarship programs of several Marine Corps associations that offer scholarships to the grandchildren of their members. To qualify a student must provide proof* of their grandparent’s membership in one of the following associations AND meet the established eligibility criteria. There are no exceptions. These programs receive limited funding and all that apply may not receive a scholarship award.
- 4th Marine Division Association of WWII
- 5th Marine Division Association of WWII
- 6th Marine Division Association of WWII
- 531 Gray Ghost Squadron Association
- 3rd Battalion/26th Marines**
- Basic Class 3-56 Graduate***
- Marines' Memorial Association
- USMC/Combat Helicopter Association
*Proof of membership can include: membership card, roster list, letter from the association indicating membership.
**DD214 must indicate qualifying grandparent served with 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines.
***Must provide proof that qualifying grandparent graduated from The Basic School in March 1956.