Dolphin Scholarship Foundation grants are available, on a competitive basis, to high school or college children/stepchildren and spouses of members or former members of the submarine force or those who have served in submarine support activities.
Currently, Dolphin Scholarship Foundation sponsors 118 ongoing DOLPHIN SCHOLARSHIPS with an annual grant of $2,000 or $3,400 per student for two to four years of full-time undergraduate studies as well as students pursuing trade/vocational certification. Approximately 25-30 new scholarships are awarded each year. All scholars are selected on the basis of academic proficiency as well as commitment and excellence in school and community activities. Although not a part of the actual selection process, financial need is considered once all financial aid assistance for an applicant has been determined. Since our founding 58 years ago, Dolphin Scholarship Foundation has granted over $11,900,000 to more than 1,300 outstanding students attending universities and colleges throughout the U.S.
We understand the hard work and many sacrifices that our military spouses make while keeping things together at home, oftentimes putting their own goals and ambitions on hold. We hope that by offering scholarships to eligible spouses working toward their first undergraduate degree or trade/vocational certification, we can provide assistance in making some of those goals achievable.
"I have long been wanting to attend college, though financially it was tight. To be able to have some of the stress lifted by the wonderful support of this scholarship is a true blessing. I am very grateful to be the recipient of this scholarship and look forward to reaching my goal to be a nurse and help people."--Kimberly Neuberger, 2018 Charles Southall Scholar
In the past, Dolphin Scholarship Foundation has administered scholarships on behalf of the USS Thresher and USS Scorpion Memorial Funds. DSF now administers the Laura W. Bush Scholarship, the Nautilus Scholarship, and the USS HAMPTON (SSN 767) Scholarship. Selection of these recipients for these scholarships is separate from and non-competitive with applicants for the Dolphin Scholarship.
The LAURA W. BUSH SCHOLARSHIP was established in 2006 to honor Mrs. Laura W. Bush, our First Lady, and is awarded to children or stepchildren of current or former crew members of PCU or USS TEXAS (SSN 775). Mrs. Bush is the sponsor of USS TEXAS, which was commissioned on September 9, 2006. Download Eligibility Requirements HERE.
NAUTILUS SCHOLARSHIP: The Nautilus Alumni Association, Inc. (NAAI) has established the Nautilus Educational Assistance Fund (NEAF) to provide undergraduate scholarships for spouses and descendants of current or former crewmembers of USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571) through The Nautilus Scholarship Foundation. The number of awards and the amount of the scholarship may vary annually and will be determined prior to selection each year. Download Eligibility Requirements HERE.
The USS HAMPTON (SSN 767) SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to current or former crew members of USS HAMPTON (SSN 767); or the spouse, child or stepchild current or former crew members of USS HAMPTON (SSN 767) who have served aboard for a minimum of two years. Download Eligibility Requirements HERE.
The USS COLORADO (SSN 788) SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to current and former crew members of USS COLORADO (SSN 788); their spouse, child, stepchild, or a child under legal guardianship of a current or former crew member who have served onboard USS COLORADO (SSN 788) for a period of two years or more.