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For Military Families: The Fry Scholarship

March 6, 2012

There are plenty of scholarships for military families and individuals. If you haven't already heard of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry Scholarship, then you are probably missing out on a great program for your children. The Fry Scholarship was amended to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that makes education benefits available to the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

The scholarship is named in memory for Marine Gunnery Sergeant John. D Fry, a 28-year-old man from Lorena, Texas. With only a week left in his Iraq tour in 2006, Fry injured his hand and was given the option of going home early with a Bronze Star. Fry declined the offer and volunteered to go on one last mission to defuse bombs. He was killed March 8th, 2006 by an explosive device in the Anbar province in Iraq, widowing his wife and three children.

The Department of Veterans Affairs began the program on August 1st, 2009 as an open and rolling scholarship program. List Post-9/11 veterans, eligible children who attended school received the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under the Fry Scholarship.

Those who are eligible received 36 months of benefits at the 100 percent level and they have 15 years to use the benefits after their 18th birthday. The benefits may be used until the 33rd birthday. Children who are under the age of 18 cannot use the benefit until they finish high school.

You can read more about this scholarship by clicking here.

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