In this article lets talk about Fry Scholarship, A scholarship for certain Veterans’ spouses and children. You may be eligible for this benefit if your parent or spouse died while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001, in the line of duty, or passed away from a service-related disability while a member of the Selected Reserve. Find out if you qualify for this scholarship’s educational perks by continuing to read.
The scholarship was established in remembrance of Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry, who was from Lorena, Texas, and who passed away at the age of 28. In 2006, with only one week left of his tour in Iraq, Fry suffered an injury to his hand. As a result, he was offered the opportunity to return home early with a Bronze Star. Fry turned down the offer and instead volunteered to make one more attempt to diffuse explosive devices. Fry was killed on March 8, 2006 in Anbar province, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device. He left behind his widow and three young children.
Under this program, qualifying surviving wives and children of Post-9/11 veterans who are also enrolled in college have the opportunity to receive full tuition coverage at state-operated schools and universities, in addition to a monthly living stipend and book allowance.
The Fry Scholarship is available to surviving spouses for a period of 15 years beginning on the anniversary of the servicemember’s passing or until they remarry, whichever comes first.
The Fry Scholarship is available to children who meet the requirements between the ages of 18 and 33. Even if they have graduated high school, children under the age of 18 are not eligible to access this benefit. The eligibility requirements are the same regardless of whether or not the child is married.
Fry Scholarship- Eligibility Process
- A member of the United States Armed Forces who died in the line of duty while serving on active duty on or after September 11, 2001,
- A member of the United States Armed Forces who died in the line of duty while not on active duty on or after September 11, 2001,
- A member of the United States Selected Reserve who died from a service-connected disability on or after September 11, 2001.
Being the offspring of a military personnel
- You have the option of being married or single.
- If you turned 18 or graduated high school before January 1, 2013, you are eligible to receive a Fry Scholarship until you reach the age of 33 if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
- If you turned 18 or from high school after January 1, 2013, you are eligible to apply for a Fry Scholarship at any age over 18 or after you graduated from high school (whichever comes first).
- You are eligible for a Fry Scholarship at any point in your life, regardless of how old you are, if your parent served in the Selected Reserve and passed away from a condition related to their military service while they were not on active duty.
- If your parent was killed in the line of duty before to August 1, 2011, you may be eligible for both the Fry Scholarship and the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program. If this is the case, you may find more information here. However, you are only able to run a single program at a time. The total benefits are only available for up to 81 months of full-time training.
- When you begin using the Fry Scholarship, you will be required to stop receiving any payments from Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), if you are currently receiving those benefits.
In your capacity as the spouse of a military personnel
- You will lose your eligibility for the Fry Scholarship if you get married a second time.
Even if you use the Fry Scholarship, you are eligible to continue receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payments.
- Please take note that if your parent or spouse was “not on active duty,” this indicates that they were a member of the Reserve and were serving on active duty for the purpose of training or inactive duty training.
This term does not include soldiers of the Army or Air National Guard who were serving on instructions from the state (sometimes referred to as “State Active Duty”).
Fry Scholarship- Cost for Scholarship Worth Over $20,000- $27,000
- Money to pay for tuition (covering the full cost of in-state tuition at public schools and up to $26,042.81 (August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022) / $26,381.37 (August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023) per academic year for training at private or out-of-state schools) Money for books and supplies (covering the full cost of books and supplies at public schools) Money for transportation to and from school (covering the full cost of transportation to and from public schools)
- Spending money for textbooks and office supplies.
- Help with the cost of housing.
How to Apply
Hurry now And Fill out a Veterans Affairs Form 22-5490 and turn it in. If the applicant is under the age of 18, the application needs to be signed by a parent or guardian. You can Apply online.