Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001.

The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill® takes effect. Eligible children attending school may receive:

 • Full tuition & fees paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition & fees are capped at a statutory maximum amount per academic year.

• A monthly housing allowance

• A books & supplies stipend


Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, are eligible for this benefit. A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible.

Eligible children:

• are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level

• may use the benefit until their 33rd birthday

• are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program


For additional information about the Fry scholarship and complete eligibility criteria, please visit:


If you are a dependent and would like assistance with applying for the Fry scholarship, the New York State Department of Veterans’ Services (NYS DVS) can assist.

Contact Assistance

If you need assistance, or just want to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for, schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors, all Veterans themselves.

  • Call 1-888-838-7697 to speak to an advisor.
  • Schedule a phone or video consultation online.
  • Use our search to find a Services Office near you.