Heroes Fund Scholarship (HFS): Application Process
If you believe you meet the eligibility requirements, please submit a Heroes Fund Scholarship Application (under Document Requirements), along with all of the required supporting documents. Please keep in mind it is the veteran’s responsibility to provide documents verifying an onset, initial injury of condition, illness, or injury as being combat-related.
Students wishing to apply for the Heroes Fund Scholarship are required to submit documentation along with their application. A complete HFS application will include all of the general document requirements below, as well as the appropriate qualifying documents, and any additional supporting documents that are determined as needed. HFS applications received without all required documents will result in a delay in application review and decision. Your application and all of the required documentation listed below may be submitted to the Office of Military Affairs for consideration by:
- Email: LUmilitary@liberty.edu; ATTN: Heroes Fund Scholarship
- Fax: (434) 455-1287; ATTN: Heroes Fund Scholarship
All applicants must submit all of the below documents:
- HFS Application (submit the document below based on your status)
- Recipient SOP – send both pages of signed HFS Recipient SOP.
- Essay: 750-1000 words on the topic, “What degree do you plan to pursue? How will this degree impact your future?” The essay is to be double-spaced and typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font.
- Proof of FAFSA for the current school year.
- Every undergraduate HFS recipient must apply for Financial Aid by completing an annual FAFSA.
- HFS recipients are not required to use any federal education loans they may be eligible to receive. The FAFSA is a requirement to determine Pell Grant eligibility only, which does not subject the applicant to debt or repayment.
Veterans and Service Members only are required to submit the following:
- Certificate of Eligibility of VA benefits and/or VA letter showing status of benefit eligibility. Due to VA regulation (SCO Handbook page 31) applicants eligible for Post-9/11 benefits will be required to exhaust their Post-9/11 benefits before any HFS dollars may be awarded.
- Students currently using a chapter of GI Bill® benefits must submit the most recent Certificate of Eligibility showing status of benefits.
- Students who may have transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member must submit VA Letter showing transfer of benefits.
- Note: If your Transfer of Education Benefits document does not specifically list names, ages, and number of months of transferred GI bill benefits, you will need to provide that information for consideration. HFS applicants who transferred Chapter 33 benefits to family members will be considered for HFS on a case-by-case basis.
- Disabled veterans must provide confirmation of application for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation GI Bill benefits. All disabled veterans are required to apply for Chapter 31 benefits. One document from below needed:
- Copy of the VA Form 22-1900 (Chapter 31 application) OR
- A VA letter stating Chapter 31 application denied and/or exhausted OR
- Copy of confirmation email received when applying for Chapter 31 benefits OR
- Copy of VA letter Summary of Benefits stating applicant as “unemployable.”
Spouses Applying on Their Service Member’s Death (Killed in Action) are required to submit the following:
- Confirmation of application for Fry Scholarship and/or Chapter 35 Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance GI Bill benefit. One document from below needed:
- Copy of the VA Form 22-5490 or 22-5495 OR
- Certificate of Eligibility OR
- A VA letter stating application denied and/or exhausted OR
- Copy of confirmation email received when applying.
Service Members/Veterans must submit the following qualifying documents:
- DD-214 (Member-4 copy showing Character of Service), Certificate of Discharge/Retirement, and/or copy of military discharge orders
- One of the following is required:
- Purple Heart Citation/Orders OR
- VA letter of disability rating that specifically spells out each injury/illness with the percentage awarded for each illness/injury* OR
- CRSC (Combat-Related Special Compensation) document OR
- Print screen of your eBenefits Disability Dashboard (All documents must show the student’s name verifying the document belongs to the applicant. This can be done putting cursor over “Dashboard” in the upper right corner which will allow your name to appear as well as log-out option)
Spouses Applying on Their Service Member’s Death (Killed in Action) must submit the following qualifying documents:
- Marriage Certificate AND
- Photo ID, such as valid Driver’s License or Passport. Military ID cards are not accepted AND
- Report of Casualty (DD Form 1300) or Death Certificate
- Must specifically state spouse died as a result of combat action / “Killed in Action”
- Must specifically list the HFS applicant as spouse at time of death
*Please Note: All VA letters must be the full formal letter showing both the VA letterhead and signature pages (rebuttal pages are not needed). Applicants may black out any part of the VA Disability Award letter he/she feels is too sensitive and/or unnecessary for application purposes.
Applications for the Heroes Fund Scholarship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The below additional documents may be requested to complete our review of your application.
- Excerpts of Military Medical Records that document combat-related onset/nature of injury/condition.
- VA document that verifies initial onset of injury/condition as having a combat-related onset.
- Copy of military award citation, NCOER or OER, or other official military document showing combat-related action/service
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.