The South may have lost the Civil War, but today its students are the winners. This is because a couple of organizations, namely the Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy, offer college scholarships to descendants of Confederate soldiers. Chapters within each organization also offer scholarships.
Sons of Confederate Veterans
The headquarters office of Sons of Confederate Veterans offers the Stand Watie scholarship to college students who are members of that organization, the United Daughters of the Confederacy or Children of the Confederacy. A total of $1,000 is awarded in nonrenewable scholarships, as of 2011. Stand Watie was a Cherokee Indian who commanded a regiment of Cherokees who fought for the Confederacy. He was the only Indian to be named a general in the war.
United Daughters of the Confederacy
The United Daughters of the Confederacy offers a number of scholarships, either at the headquarters or chapter levels. Most of the scholarships are restricted as to which majors are acceptable, college to be attended and state of residency. Applicants must be direct descendants of Confederate soldiers or sailors, or of someone who materially aided the Confederate cause. Applicants are required to provide proof of their ancestor's involvement with the Confederacy and how they are related to these people.
Children of the Confederacy is affiliated with the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The group offers four scholarships to active members of the organization who have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a scale of 4.0. They must also be endorsed by the chapter to which they belong.
Army of Northern Virginia Scholarship
The Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters Sons of Confederate Veterans offers the Army of Northern Virginia scholarship to high school seniors who live in Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, West Virginia, North Carolina or Maryland. The scholarship is open not only to those attending brick-and-mortar colleges, but also to those enrolled in online schools. Financial need is not a requirement for this scholarship. Applicants must write a 2,000- to 2,500-word essay on a topic that changes every year.
Florida United Daughters
The Florida division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy awards a scholarship annually to help toward its goal of turning Southerners into U.S. leaders. The award is at least $1,300 per recipient, as of 2011. Applicants must prove that they are descendants of a Confederate soldier, with preference given to members of United Daughters, Children of the Confederacy or Sons of Confederate Veterans.