About the Scholarship

The child, parent, spouse, sibling, niece or nephew of an Illinois Service Member who deceased in the 9/11 attack are provided financial assistance through scholarship programs by the Gold Star Mission.

The Gold Star Scholarship Program is awarded to students as an honor to the deceased family member who had to make sacrifices for the country after the 9/11 attack.


Gold Star Scholarship Program Awards

  • The scholarship program is funded through the Gold Star Mission events by the organization.

  • The eligible recipients of the scholarship are awarded an amount of $1000 per annum.

  • The scholarship amount can be used towards paying for the tuition and fees, books and supplies, on-campus room, board, and other educational expenses approved by the organization.


Gold Star Scholarship Program Application

  • The scholarship recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee on the basis of certain eligibility criteria.

  • The applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and are enrolled in an accredited college or certificate granting educational institution.

  • The applications available online are to be completed with mandatory and accurate information.

  • The applicants must submit the required documents are to be attached to the applications to be complete.

For more details, instructions and guidelines, refer to the official website of GSM organization.


Gold Star Scholarship Program Application Deadline

The applications must be submitted to the scholarship committee of the organization prior to January 15th without fail. Any applications received incomplete or past the deadline will be disqualified.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a child of a Sailor or Marine who died while serving on active duty or after retirement.

  • The applicant must be under the age of 23.

  • The applicant must be an unremarried spouse of a Navy or Marine Corps service member who died as a result of the attack on the USS STARK or the Pentagon, or during service in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), or Operation New Dawn (OND).

  • The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

  • The applicant must demonstrate a financial need.

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