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USARA Scholarship Program

Michael B. Ranger

The U.S. Army Ranger Association proudly offers students with the opportunity to participate in the USARA Michael B. Ranger Legacy Scholarship Program.  The program is intended to provide financial assistance to help defray the cost of attending an accredited college or university or technical (trade) school.  Winners may use the award to assist with tuition, books, fees, supplies and room and board and other expenses.

Scholarships are awarded to both former Rangers and the dependents of Rangers.  To qualify, the parent, spouse, or legal guardian of the applicant must have either 1) served at least 12 months in the 75th Ranger Regiment or one of the Ranger units recognized by the Army’s Institute of Heraldry as within the lineage of the 75th Ranger Regiment; or 2) have graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School.  Former Rangers applying must be separated from the Army at the time of the application and meet the criteria above. 

Once qualified, scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. The USARA Scholarship Committee seeks to recognize whether the individual as a whole embodies the Ranger Spirit.  The Committee acknowledges that no one aspect of a person’s application can accurately exhibit the entire person, and it therefore looks at a multitude of criteria, including not only grades, but also the applicant’s contributions to the community and whether the individual lives up to the tenants of the Ranger Creed.

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The USARA Michael B. Ranger Legacy Scholarship Program is funded entirely by donations.  The number and value of scholarships awarded is determined by the amount of contributions received each year.  Donations to support the Michael B. Ranger Legacy Scholarship Program may be made by selecting the button below, or by mailing a check to the Association’s postal address.  Please specify “Scholarship Program” in the memo field on your check, or if donating online, in the “Donations Instructions” when using the donation button below. USARA is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit  Organization.


Michael B. Ranger

Born in Maine, following college Michael B. Ranger was commissioned into the U.S. Army and deployed in support of the U.S. effort in the Republic of Vietnam.  From March 4-6, 1969, he engaged an amassed enemy force with direct fire, air strikes, and artillery, and aborted their attack while leading his recon platoon assigned to Company E, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.  During the battle he was wounded by an enemy mortar round but refused medical attention and continued to control supporting fires. In the early hours of March 5, the enemy launched a human wave assault against his platoon, which by this time consisted of only fourteen men. LT Ranger and his men employed all means at their disposal to repel the attack, and LT Ranger ultimately called fire on his own position as the enemy entered the perimeter. The following day while the patrol base was receiving small arms and mortar fire, LT Ranger was wounded again while engaging snipers in the trees as his men were being extracted from the LZ.  He refused to leave the battlefield until all of his men were aboard the helicopters.  The Army awarded LT Ranger the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism.

Following a year assigned to the Patrolling Committee at the Ranger Department, CPT Ranger returned to Vietnam to command a company in the 4th Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry.  He was again wounded in heavy fighting later that year. Following recovery, he returned to his unit and again suffered a critical wound that resulted in the loss of his right leg above the knee, as well as serious wounds to the left leg. 

Following reconstructive surgery, he returned to the Ranger Department Patrolling Committee.  During this time CPT Ranger helped to draft the doctrine that forms, in part, the training still performed by Rangers today.  Additionally, it is believed that Captain Ranger became the first above-the-knee amputee to maintain his airborne status by continuing to perform training jumps while assigned to the Ranger Department.

After separating from the Army, Mike Ranger continued to provide substantial contributions to the Ranger community.  He was elected to serve as the Executive Vice President of the US Army Ranger Association in 2009, and served in the position for approximately eight years.  He was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2006, and thereafter served on the Hall of Fame’s Voting Board from 2009 through 2015.  In that capacity, he substantially contributed to improving the Hall of Fame’s stature through his participation in its corporate restructuring in 2011.

Terms and Conditions


The USARA Michael B. Ranger Legacy Scholarship Program is a memorial to selfless service and contributions made to our country by those who have earned the title U.S. Army Ranger. These awards are given in their honor. This program provides financial assistance to qualified former Rangers and dependents of Rangers to help further their education.


It is the Association’s intention to provide financial grants to students who have applied and are pending acceptance or are currently enrolled at an under-graduate, technical, or trade program at an accredited college, university, technical school or trade school as a full-time student. To that end, it will adhere to the following policies:

  1. The USARA Michael B. Ranger Legacy Scholarship Program is not an entitlement, and no award shall be automatically granted or approved. The scholarship is awarded to qualified dependents, as defined below, of Ranger based on merit.
  2. The Scholarship Committee shall ensure that appropriate documentary support is received for all applications, which may include transcripts, copies of letters of acceptance and/or proof of application, etc.
  3. USARA grants Scholarship awards annually based on funds available; applicants must apply each year and no recipient may exceed four awards. The maximum cumulative amount any individual may receive shall not exceed  $5,000.
  4. Siblings may apply and be awarded scholarships, but the Scholarship Committee reserves the right to prioritize awarding available scholarships to multiple families.
  5. All efforts are made to avoid appointing members to the Scholarship Committee that are likely to have family members apply. If it is discovered that a Scholarship Committee member is related to an applicant, the committee member must excuse himself from rating or discussing the applicant.
  6. If an applicant has been awarded a scholarship and for any reason decides not to study as planned, the scholarship shall be deobligated or, if already awarded to the applicant, shall be returned in full. If time allows, the next qualified applicant will then be awarded a scholarship.
  7. The preceding requirement to return scholarship funds shall not apply if an awardee is faced with a medical condition and cannot continue at school, except to the extent that any portion of the awarded funds remain unused.  A student who cannot continue on the basis of a medical condition shall not be prohibited from applying for a scholarship at a future date provides a letter from a doctor verifying the medical basis is provided to the Scholarship Committee.
  8. Scholarship awards funds are intended to assist with academic expenses associated with higher education, such as tuition, books, fees, supplies, and room and board.  Funds shall be disbursed directly to the individual awardees, who are presumed to know the best  use of the award.

Funding and Awards

The USARA Michael B. Ranger Legacy Scholarship Program is supported entirely by donations. The number of scholarships to be awarded annually varies on the basis of funding received during the prior year.

Eligibility Determination

To be eligible to apply for the MBR Legacy Scholarship, individuals requesting an Application Form must be a former Ranger or qualified dependent of a Ranger.  Eligible individuals will receive confirmation via email.  If eligibility cannot be confirmed, the requesting individual will be notified that he or she is not eligible.

1. Qualified Dependent: The term Qualified Dependent is defined to mean an individual who:

      1. Is the i) child, grandchild, a great-grandchild, (including is legally adopted) under the age of 30; or, ii) the spouse of an active duty Ranger; and,
      2. Has a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale at i) the school in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application, or ii) the most recent school at which the applicant was enrolled for at least two years, if not attending school at the time of application.

2. Ranger: The term Ranger is defined to mean an individual who:

        1. Has been awarded the Ranger Tab, on order from the U.S. Department of the Army;
        2. Served in a combat arms capacity for at least 12 months in the 75th Ranger Regiment or a unit within the direct lineage of the 75th Ranger Regiment; or,
        3. Served in a combat arms capacity in the 75th Ranger Regiment or a unit within the direct lineage of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and been awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB), Combat Medical Badge (CMB), or Combat Action Badge (CAB) while serving in the unit.

USARA does not determine the units that fall within the lineage of the 75th Ranger Regiment.  Those designations are made by the US Army’s Institute of Heraldry, and currently include the following:

  • Any of the World War II Ranger Battalions,
  • The 5307th Composite, “Merrill’s Marauders” during WWII,
  • The Alamo Scouts during WWII,
  • The 29th Ranger Battalion during WWII,
  • Any of the Ranger Infantry Companies (Airborne) during the Korean War,
  • The Eighth Army’s “8000 Series” units during the Korea War,
  • Any of the lettered Ranger companies of the 75th Infantry, or their immediate LRRP predecessor units, during the Vietnam War,
  • Any Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Ranger Unit (Biệt Ðộng Quân). 
  • Any officially designated U. S. Army Ranger unit, to include E/65th Inf (PRNG), D/151st   INF (IN NG), A/75th and B/75th Ranger (V and VII Corps LRP), or their immediate LRP predecessor units.
  • The 1st or 2nd Ranger Battalion, during the period 1974 to 1984.

Award Selection

Following the close of the application period, USARA’s Scholarship Committee will review and score each application for the purpose of recommending awardees to the president of USARA.  Selection of recommended awardees rests solely with the discretion of the USARA Scholarship Committee, and shall be final and binding.  No effort to contest or appeal the selection will be permitted.

Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability.