San Diego Institutions Supporting Our Troops

National University, a veteran-founded nonprofit, and the San Diego Padres are teaming up to support the U.S. military by awarding $5,000 scholarships to 10 outstanding servicemembers or veterans.

Applications Open

Why National University?

For more than two decades, the Padres have recognized and honored men and women who serve and are recognized as "The Team of the Military" throughout professional sports. Now, the Padres are partnering with National University to help military servicemembers pursue their higher education goals and further their careers.

As San Diego's largest nonprofit university and Yellow Ribbon school, NU proudly serves active-duty and veteran students from all branches of the military who are earning their college degrees at home, on base, and abroad. In fact, 25 percent of NU's student body is active-duty or veteran status.

Christine R.Class of 2020, Military Veteran

Here are just a few ways NU supports servicemembers:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill® accepted
  • Tuition discounts for military personnel and their dependents
  • Four-week classes designed specifically for military students
  • Online, on-campus, and on-base course offerings
  • Dedicated Veteran Center for military student support

Aaron Y.Class of 2018, Military Veteran

Eligibility & Requirements

National University and the San Diego Padres will award two servicemembers or veterans from each military branch - Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and the Coast Guard - with $5,000 scholarships toward a degree at NU.

Application Requirements:

  • Active-duty or veteran status in either the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard
  • Must meet minimum NU admissions eligibility and be in good academic standing
  • Must apply to NU within 90 days of award
  • Scholarship is open to both current and prospective students
  • Must be available to accept the scholarship in San Diego on the corresponding Military Appreciation Day for your branch. Due to COVID-19, dates are subject to change:
    • U.S. Army and Army National Guard - June 14
    • U.S. Navy - June 14
    • U.S. Coast Guard - June 28
    • U.S. Marine Corps - July 19
    • U.S. Air Force & Air National Guard - September 27
  • All applications must be received twenty days prior to the corresponding Padres' Military Appreciation Day for your branch

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Submit professional, academic or community contributions through a 250-word personal statement
  • Selected applicant will be presented with their award at Petco Park.
  • See terms and conditions for further information

National University and the San Diego Padres look forward to celebrating the achievements of our military servicemembers and veterans and supporting them as they continue to pursue their goals and earn their degrees. For more information contact

Jesse T.Class of 2016, Military Veteran

Applications open to all branches on March 16. Start yours today!

Applications Open