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Student Veterans of America and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems have partnered to provide a scholarship to veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited four-year college or university. The Raytheon Patriot Scholarship will support U.S Army student veterans. This partnership will enable returning soldiers to pursue their education goals and position them for success in civilian professions.

The 2016 Raytheon Patriot Scholarship application will open November 11, 2015 and remain open until April 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. Student veterans must complete an online application, answer three (3) essay questions, attach the required documents, and have one letter of reference be submitted prior to the deadline to be considered.


Two (2) $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to promote collegiate level studies to a deserving U.S. Army veteran.


All successful candidates must: 

  • Be a US Army Veteran
  • Be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of undergraduate study, or be enrolled in a graduate program for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Be attending full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study
  • Demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community
  • Be a current student veteran, as proven by a DD 214 and transcript
  • Have received an honorable discharge, or be in good standing with his/her branch of service



Please provide answers to the following three essay questions (maximum of 300-500 words per essay). Your word document should include your name and clearly specify each answer by number.

1. What do you hope to accomplish with your degree?  In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.

2. Briefly describe what it means to you to have served in the U.S Army. Provide information if your assignment included service as part of a Patriot unit.

3. Please provide an example of how you have demonstrated leadership.  Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve.  These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles.  Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your chapter, your university, or your broader community.

Letters of Reference

You must arrange for one letter of reference to be submitted via the link provided below. All letters must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead. Letters can also be mailed to:

Student Veterans of America
c/o Raytheon-SVA Scholarship Committee
1012 14th Street NW, Suite 1200,Washington D.C. 20005 

Additional Materials 

A complete application must include:

  • Current copy of your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Unofficial copy of current university transcript updated for the most recently completed semester
  • One letter of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor
  • Responses to the three (3) essay questions
  • DD 214, Certificate of Discharge



Should you have any questions, or experience any problems, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 202-223-4710, so an SVA team member may help you.
This scholarship is made available through the generous support of  Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.


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