Educate and equip first, then help provide funding to help fill in the gaps…

GI’s primary mission is to help educate and equip our military and veteran children through its comprehensive college prep program while providing tools, as early as the 8th grade, that help promote academic excellence. Students who complete GI’s program will be more competitive for admissions at the schools that are a good fit for them and clearly focused on pursuing a major and career matched to their interests and abilities.

A Legacy of Gratitude…

It’s estimated that less than 13% of military and veteran children qualify for federal scholarship assistance.

The Gratitude Initiative works to help bridge the gap by helping to provide scholarships for students participating in GI’s education programs to earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university or a degree from a technical/vocational college.

Helping to pay for a military child’s college education not only benefits the student; it greatly impacts the entire family for generations to come.

GI’s support philosophy: 

Money for college is important, but it’s only part of the solution. It serves a student little good to provide scholarship money only to have them struggle at a university that’s not a good fit or switch majors multiple times as they attempt to find the right path towards a career… leading to higher college expenses and longer time in school.

Statistics show that America’s college bound students are not ready for college, are staying in school too long, and leaving with tons of debt…

  • While more than two-thirds of college students have confidence in their overall academic ability, the reality is that according to colleges nationwide, only 60% of high school graduates are college ready.
  • 85% of students expect to graduate within four years, only about 40% actually do.
  • College bound students are counting on their parents, scholarships and other aid to pay for their education…the reality is that over 60% borrow to cover costs.

Scholarship Quick Facts:

  • Applications are accepted from students who have successfully completed the GI College Success Academy
  • Awards are paid directly to the institution and may be applied towards tuition, books, fees, room and board, and other qualified educational expenses
  • Scholarships are funded by GI donors and partner organizations
  • The number of scholarships awarded each year is determined by available funds