The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.
Apply for Benefits:
To apply for educational assistance through the Fry Scholarship, dependents will need to complete VA Form 22-5490 and submit it to the VA regional office.
If you are a son or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian must sign the application. You may have to make an irrevocable election between the Fry Scholarship and the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance program to receive benefits.
The Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) website is an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that allows veterans and other designated individuals to apply for benefits using the internet.
Communicate With Your School Certifying Official:
Good communication between you and your SCO helps ensure information is submitted to the VA accurately and therefore that your benefits are paid correctly. To find out what information you should be providing to the school, select the appropriate link:
Sign a Promissory Note Each Semester:
Each semester you will need to sign a promissory note in order to avoid late fees. Payment arrangements need to be made by the second Friday of the semester. This can be done at the One Stop for Student Services. If you are attending off campus, you may contact the Student Business Office for assistance with promissory notes.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill program is comprised of multiple payments. These payments include:
- Tuition & Fee payment sent directly to the School
- Monthly Housing Allowance sent to you
- Books and supplies stipend sent to you
- One-time rural benefit for certain veterans