Gift Aid for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families to Train for Careers in the Skilled Trades

More than $300 million in military- and veteran-related scholarships and grants are available for eligible service members, veterans and their families.i

Military Scholarships Defined

Military scholarships fund your vocational training. Who can get military scholarships? Eligible active duty personnel, veterans and their families.ii These sources of funding may come from the federal government or nonprofit organizations.

Student Requirements for a Military Scholarship at RSI:

  • Before applying for a scholarship, you will need to meet all routine requirements for admission to RSI and be scheduled to start training.
  • Once placed in a class or shift, you can’t transfer your scholarship to a different shift or program.
  • Changing your training start date can result in the loss of your scholarship.

Scholarships to Help Military Members, Veterans, and Their Families Fund Vocational Training

Military education benefits usually cover only tuition and a portion of fees. Fortunately, hundreds of military scholarships and grants are available that can help cover other educational expenses like books and fees.i

Below are just some of the scholarships available to active duty, reserves, veterans and military spouses and children. There are many more than these that can be found by using scholarship search tools or by contacting the RSI financial aid office at 888-671-5803.

Active Duty Service Members’ Scholarships

Veterans’ Scholarships

Military Spouses’ Scholarships

  • Anchor Scholarship Foundation
    • Scholarships for eligible spouses of active duty, retired and honorably discharged U.S. Navy
      sailors pursuing associate degrees. Click here to learn more and apply.

Military Childrens’ Scholarships

Military Scholarship Search Tools

Find more scholarships using these search tools.

Major Military Scholarship Granting Organizations


You Served Us. Now Let Us Serve You

Applying for scholarships can be a smart move when locating funding for your training investment. We’re here to help you take full advantage of all of the scholarship opportunities for which you qualify. Whether you need assistance filling out forms or enrollment verification letters, our financial aid officers are standing by to serve you. Give us a call today.


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Financial aid and scholarships available to those who qualify. Candidates need to refer to the scholarship information page to determine topic of essay (where applicable) and must meet all regular admissions requirements and be scheduled to start training prior to applying for a scholarship. If a student changes his/her re-enter date, the scholarship award may be forfeited. Scholarships are not transferable and most scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship RSI offers. In most cases, only one award will be given per student. If a student is eligible for multiple scholarships, the scholarship that is most beneficial to the student will be awarded. Scholarships will be distributed incrementally over the entire duration of the program. Scholarship eligibility requires continuous enrollment. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may result in the probation and possible loss of scholarship. Termination from training may also result in the loss of a scholarship, which may increase your tuition obligation to RSI. Tuition charges will be based on the amount reflected on your Enrollment Agreement. See the reverse side of your Enrollment Agreement or the School Catalog for the school’s refund policy.

12 Graduates initially employed in 44 states according to our ACCSC Annual Report data for reports dated 7/1/18 – 7/1/2023.

13 Indicates the total number of current partnered employers for RSI as of May 2023.

14 Total number of estimated graduates for RSI calculated based on historic data available as of Jan 1st, 2023.

*,1 According to 2019 IPEDS data RSI has the largest total enrollment of students for all post-secondary schools in the U.S. offering both CIP codes Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering and HVAC/R Engineering Technology/Technician.


1 Total number of estimated graduates for RSI calculated based on historic data available as of Jan 1st, 2023.

iEmployment is expected to grow for Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers (514121) in the US by 47,600 jobs from 2021 to 2031. Employment is expected to grow for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) in the US by 40,100 jobs from 2021 to 2031. Employment is expected to grow for Electricians (472111) in the US by 79,900 jobs from 2021 to 2031. Employment is expected to grow for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (472152) in the US by 48,600 jobs from 2021 to 2031. Employment is expected to grow for Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers (499051) in the US by 11,100 jobs from 2021 to 2031.

3 For students who started and completed their training during the 12-month period for which 150% of normal time for completion has elapsed and who attained employment in their field of study as outlined on our annual accreditation report dated July 1, 2021. Refer to the most current Student Right-to-know Information for more details on calculation details

4 AWS Welding Employment Stats: Welding Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 5,520 and Phoenix employed 4,060 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (514121). HVAC/R Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 10,000 and Phoenix employed 7,860 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanical and Installers (4999021). Electrician Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 13,650 and Phoenix employed 10,840 Electricians (472111). Mechanical Engineering Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 1,060 and Phoenix area employed 840 Mechanical Engineering Technicians (173027). BLS data is reported through May 2020

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