The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship)
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level. Find out more information on payment rates. See our fact sheet which provides more detailed information.
Children and surviving spouses of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit.
Children are eligible as of their 18th birthday (unless they have already graduated high school). A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible, although their eligibility ends on their 33rd birthday.
Spouses have 15 years from the date of death of the Servicemember to use the benefit.
Because certain provisions of the law, that extended these benefits to spouses did not go in effect until January 1, 2015, some surviving spouses‰Û¡ÌÝå» benefits would have expired in 2016. A new provision of the law signed on December 16, 2016, extends the benefit eligibility to January 1, 2021 for the spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2005. This allows surviving spouses‰Û¡ÌÝå» additional time to use the Fry Scholarship benefits. See our letter to spouses for further clarification of the new policy.
Spouses will lose eligibility to this benefit upon remarriage.