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USAA Employee Collegiate Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

USAA has established a scholarship program to assist children of employees who plan to continue their education in college.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the USAA Employee Collegiate Scholarship Program must:

  • Be dependent* children of full-time or part-time or long-term disability or military leave USAA employees who have completed one year or more of employment with the company as of the application deadline date.
    *Dependent children are defined as natural and legally adopted children or stepchildren living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee or qualifies as a federal tax exemption to the employee.
  • Be graduating high school seniors, or current year December graduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Recipients of the National Merit scholarship are not eligible to receive the Collegiate scholarship.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award.
Up to 65 awards will be granted.

  • 25 Merit Awards. Awards are granted based upon merit only. The recipient does not need to supply financial information or demonstrate financial need.
  • 40 Financial Need Awards. Awards are granted based upon merit and financial need. The recipient must supply financial information and demonstrate financial need.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a 2.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale in a full-time course of study, and continuation of the program by USAA.

Recipients who attend a United States military academy will be eligible for a one-time, nonrenewable award of $2,500.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of educational and career goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation.

Financial need will be considered for applicants who apply for a Financial Need Award and supply the required financial information on the application form.

Financial need will not be considered for applicants who apply for a Merit Award and/or do not supply the required financial information on the application form.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of USAA play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in March.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of USAA. Payment is made in one installment in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
    If you are uploading a high school transcript, you must also upload a copy of your official SAT or ACT test scores if the test scores are not available on your high school transcript.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than December 23, 2021 3:00 pm CT.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

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