Providing Scholarships & Development Opportunities


Inside the Navy SEAL community, school and development opportunities can be a challenge. This is true for both warriors and families. Programs under our Education Pillar empower active duty NSW personnel, their spouses and children, as well as our SEAL and SWCC post-9/11 veterans and their children, by awarding scholarships for higher education. We also support quality education options for dependent children in geographically separated duty locations where choices matter to the overall success of the student.

Additionally, NSF provides funding for standardized college entrance exams for qualified transitioning NSW service members. All this support augments funding accessible through Navy programs and provides additional financial resources not otherwise available. The Navy SEAL Foundation is committed to the education of our warriors, families, and veterans.

*These programs are supported by the Ken Griffin Navy SEAL Foundation Education and Children's Initiative.

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The Navy SEAL Foundation provides test preparation assistance for SAT/ ACT courses or support for graduate school tests (GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT). Through this program, the Navy SEAL Foundation pays directly or up to $300 in test preparation costs or to take the exams.


  • Active duty SEAL
  • Active duty SWCC
  • SEAL and SWCC Post-9/11 veterans

What NSF Covers

NSF pays directly or up to $300 for test preparation or to take the exams; examples include the GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT.

When to Apply

This program is open year-round.

To apply for NSF Test Prep, please click the button below.

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The Navy SEAL Foundation is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to eligible NSW community members. We offer two scholarship cycles per year. See the scholarship FAQs button below for specific cycle eligibility requirements and additional scholarship information.

  • NSF 2024 Scholarship Cycle One: Opens Wednesday, January 4, 2024 and closes promptly at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 15, 2024
  • NSF 2024 Scholarship Cycle Two: Opens Thursday, May 29, 2024 and closes promptly at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, June 28, 2024

NSF scholarships are intended to provide our community with opportunities to expand their educational pursuits. Scholarships can be used for vocational, certificate, licensure, and post-secondary programs, such as Bachelors or Associates Degrees, and may also include graduate degree scholarship opportunities for qualifying applicants.



  • Active duty SEAL and SWCC high school children in grades 9-11
  • SEAL and SWCC Post-9/11 Retiree high school children in grades 9-11
  • Gold Star/Surviving dependents

What NSF Covers

This is a one-of-a-kind college prep program. The GI College Success Academy focuses specifically on helping military kids achieve their college and career dreams. Please read the program highlights and watch the videos to better understand what the Navy SEAL Foundation is offering through GI.

Program Highlights

  • College selection and admissions counseling, including application and essay reviews, to help students shine!
  • Test prep for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT.
  • Financial aid and scholarship counseling, including reviews of all financial aid forms and scholarship essays.
  • Career counseling and major selection to ensure a successful future.
  • Students and parents have online access anywhere around the globe.
  • Degreed experts work directly with students and parents.
  • A customized action plan, so students/parents know what to do and when to do it.
  • Unlimited access to GI’s team of advisors.

When to Apply

April 1 – December 31, 2023


About Gratitude Initiative

Program Overview

“We are on the college success website through Gratitude Initiative now and it is so informative! Thank you for always ‘thinking outside the box’ for ways to make our lives a little easier. You are awesome!!”


  • Active Duty SEAL and SWCC families who:
    • Are stationed in Hawaii, Guam, Stennis, Kodiak, or Tampa may apply.
    • Have children who are eligible to attend Kindergarten within their respective state through 12th grade may apply for assistance with one (1) of the following programs: Private School Tuition, Supplemental Tutoring or Homeschool Scholarship.
    • Or have children eligible for Pre-K may apply. The child must be enrolled in a certified Pre-K program to prepare the child for Kindergarten the following school year.
  • The Pre-K scholarship does NOT cover daycare.
  • Educational scholarships DO NOT cover before or after school care.

What NSF Covers

  • Private School Tuition
  • Supplemental Tutoring
  • Homeschool Scholarships

Pre-K Private School Scholarships: Award amounts are 50% of the annual tuition up to a maximum amount of $4,000 per school year, per child. The child must be old enough to attend Kindergarten within their respective state the following school year.

Kindergarten-12th-grade Private School Scholarships: Award amounts are 70% of the annual tuition up to a maximum amount of $7,000 per school year, per child.

When your application is submitted in full, it will be reviewed and approved by the Foundation’s Programs team. The Navy SEAL Foundation evaluates all applications based on eligibility. Once the application is approved and all follow-up paperwork is received, Private School Scholarship funding is paid directly to the school before the commencement of the Fall semester.

If you already receive financial aid for your child, you may want to ensure that receipt of this scholarship does not affect the awarded amount from the school. You will need to upload a tuition statement from the school that shows the annual tuition amount. Scholarship funding covers tuition only; it does not cover associated costs for uniforms, books, school fees, etc.

Supplemental Tutoring Scholarships: Award amounts for 50% coverage of tutoring expenses up to a maximum amount of $2,500 per calendar year, per child. Applications for tutoring coverage are open year round. However, a new application must be submitted every calendar year for review and approval.

Kindergarten-12th Grade Homeschool Scholarships: Award amounts are 50% reimbursement of the approved expenses related to curriculum, annual testing and membership for professional homeschooling organizations up to a maximum amount of $2,500 per academic year, per child.

Homeschool Scholarship reimbursements are paid directly to the Homeschool provider once an application is submitted (with payment receipts), reviewed, and approved. The Navy SEAL Foundation evaluates all applications based on eligibility.


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  • SEAL Children
  • Current NSW Active Duty Naval Special Warfare Support Personnel

What NSF Covers

NSF is proud to partner with SEALKIDS in support of NSW’s most awesome community members—your children. SEALKIDS provides targeted academic intervention for children in the NSW community through tutoring, testing, and specialized therapies.

When to Apply

SEALKIDS has several grant cycles each year. To learn more or request support, please visit their website by clicking below.

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Certification and license programs can often be offered year round therefore do not always align with typical scholarship application cycle timelines. The Navy SEAL Foundation offers this annual scholarship opportunity to support timely educational needs that may arise for eligible applicants pursuing a certificate and license. Eligible applicants can apply for either a traditional scholarship or certificate and license opportunity annually, not both.


  • Active duty SEAL and SWCC and their spouse
  • SEAL and SWCC Post-9/11 veterans
  • Post 9/11 SEAL and SWCC Retiree (over 20 years AD service or medically) spouses

What NSF Covers

NSF supports 75% of the cost toward a certificate or license up to a maximum amount of $3,000.

When to Apply

This program is open year-round.

To apply for NSF Certificate and License Scholarship, please click the button below.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Navy SEAL Foundation Executive Board and Scholarship Committee for awarding me such a generous scholarship. I am truly honored and humbled to receive such substantial support from the SEAL Community. I appreciate it not only as a source of support but a strong affirmation of the strong bonds of brotherhood and care for families that my dad often talks about.

- active duty service member dependent

Good morning, and thank you so much for the scholarship award my son received! It was truly welcome news. While in uniform, the Navy SEAL Foundation has done wonderful things for the NSW family. In good times, your team was there. In bad times, your team was always there. An amazing organization, and we are so lucky to have this partnership.

- active duty service member

Programs Include

  • Scholarships
  • Educational Grants
  • Private School & Tutoring Support
  • Transition Education
  • Gratitude Initiative
  • Partnership Education