Dependent Scholarship

NASE Dependent Scholarship Program

Member Benefit Explanation

College scholarships for your dependents. Over $1.8 million has already been awarded!

Since 1989, the NASE Dependent Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1.8 million to members' dependents. Your son or daughter may qualify!

This award-winning program is open to legal dependents of NASE Members, ages 16-24. To apply, students need to be high school students or college undergraduates planning to enroll in college for the upcoming fall semester. Multiple college scholarships of $3,000 are awarded each year. The application period is January 1st through April 30th.

Consideration is based upon:

  • Leadership ability
  • Academic performance
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Career and educational background
  • School and community participation
  • Financial need

What Members Are Saying:

"We wanted to say 'thank you so much' to the NASE for awarding our son, Mike, one of your scholarships. As any self-employed person knows, college money is hard to come by for us, and every little penny you can find helps. The money received was like a gift from God."
-Joe & Carol C., Cary, N.C.

"Thank you so much for the National Association for the Self-Employed Scholarship. I am honored to have been selected for such an award. Thanks again!"
-Alexandra M., Liberty, Mo.


Scholarships are awarded at the sole discretion of the NASE. The NASE has the discretion to make no award. Decisions of the selection committees are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Be a high school senior, college freshman, sophomore or junior.
  • Be a legal dependent of an NASE Member in good standing with dues paid current at the time of award.
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Dependents whose parents are employees or contracted by NASE or any affiliated company are not eligible for this scholarship.


When is the application deadline?

The application period is January 1st through April 30th of each year.


How do I check the status of my application?

You may login and check for updates. Every applicant will get notified via email the outcome.


When do you review applications?

Applications are reviewed in May.


When is the recommendation deadline?

Recommendations are due by the same time as the application deadline, April 30th of each year.


Should I submit all of my information before I request a recommendation?

No. If you do not have a recommendation to upload, you should request a recommendation as early as possible to insure there is sufficient time for the recommendation to be submitted before the deadline.


What are the selection criteria?

A selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:

  • Leadership characteristics, dedication, commitment, above-average academic standing
  • Career/education aspirations and goals
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community involvement
  • Work Experience
  • Recommendations of teachers or other references
  • Financial need


What can the scholarship be used for?

The scholarships can be applied to:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Books
  • Supplies


Who is the check made out to?

Scholarship checks are made out to the institutions.


Where are the checks mailed?

The checks are mailed to the student at the address provided in the application. Scholarship winners are responsible to provide them to the institution.

When are the checks mailed?

Checks will be issued in late July or early August to each recipient’s mailing address and made payable to the institution selected.


Can I use the scholarship at a for-profit institution?

No. Institutions must be accredited, nonprofit two or four-year colleges/universities in the United States.


How much is the scholarship award?

Scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded annually and are not renewable.


Is this scholarship renewable?

No, it is a one-time annual award. However, you are permitted to apply each year your are eligible (high school senior or college freshman/sophomore/junior).


How can I increase my chances of getting a scholarship?

The more information provided in the application the better. In an effort to remain impartial and fair, NASE does not provide tips or individual feedback.


Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?

You should list your first choice on the application. However, please know that if awarded, you will need to instruct NASE staff which institution you have chosen as we make the checks out to the institutions and not individuals.


Are scholarships taxable?

In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against his or her scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor (or the NASE Tax Expert) for more guidance. You may also consult IRS Publication 970 for further information.


My parent’s membership in NASE makes me eligible for this scholarship. Whose contact information should I include?

Applicants must register with their personal email addresses. Do not use parent’s work email addresses. Your My Profile page should reflect the applicant’s (the person who is attending university) legal name and contact information. Parent’s/NASE membership information is also needed and will be specifically asked for.


What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

You must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student for the fall of the year in which the scholarships was awarded (unless prior approval from NASE), deliver your scholarship check to the proper office at your institution and continue the entire academic year without interruption. Additionally, please notify NASE should your check not arrive by August 15th.


Whose information should be on the W9 form?

The W9 form should have information from the dependent/person attending college or university and not the NASE Member.


FYIs (For Your Information)

Decisions of the committees are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.

If you still have questions, please reach out to: grant_scholarships (at) nase (dot) org


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