Scholarships and Grant Programs
AFSA and the Airmen Memorial Foundation (AMF) joined together to conduct a scholarship program to financially assist the undergraduate studies of eligible, dependent children of the enlisted Total Air Force members. AFSA, AMF (including the CMSAF Scholarship Program), and AFSA International Auxiliary award scholarships valued from $500 to $3,000 to students attending an accredited academic institution. The grant amount and total number of scholarships awarded are dependent upon funds available. To date, over $2 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to Air Force dependent children. The scholarship programs all use the same application.
AFSA Scholarship Program
The AFSA Scholarship Program began in 1968 with one $1,000 scholarship. Today, AFSA has awarded more than 585 scholarships totaling more than $855,600 in scholastic financial aide. The scholarships are funded by donations from AFSA members, the association's field activities, and memorials.
Scholarships are awarded in each program based on the applicant's academic record, character, leadership skills, writing ability, versatility and potential for success. Financial need is not a consideration, but sponsors must be AFSA members. The awards include the following amounts:
$2,500: scholarships in honor of Frank C. Fini, Hardy B. Abbott, Claude Klobus, and James Staton.
$2,000: scholarships in honor of Frank W. Garner, Richard D. Rousher and Dr. Harry R. Page.
$1,500: Excellence in Military Leadership, AFSA Americanism Award, and academic excellence scholarships.
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Scholarship Program
The CMSAF Scholarship Program (formerly the CMSAF Richard D. Kisling Scholarships) was created in 1987 upon the death of CMSAF Kisling. It was renamed in 1997 following the passing of CMSAFs Andrews and Harlow. The program is funded by donations, memorials, and speaking honorariums. One unique aspect of the CMSAF Scholarship Program is the opportunity for an applicant to submit additional information he or she believes should be considered. Examples are: student disabilities, parent POW/MIA/KIA status, extreme financial hardship or other extenuating circumstances. Applicants simply complete the "additional information" form included in the application.
Since 1988, the fund has awarded more than 270 scholarships valued at more than $383,580. The fund is governed by a committee appointed by the incumbent Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. CMSAF Sam Parish served as the Committee Chairman.
Airmen Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program
In past years, the AMF Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to include:
$2,000: one Richard Howard Scholarship, and five Memorial Scholarships in the names of Sharon Piccoli, Julene Howard and Sgt. James R. Seal.
$1,500: five Basic Military Training scholarships.
$1,000: 10 academic scholarships, one Memorial Scholarship for Audrey Andrews and five USAA scholarships. To date, the fund has awarded more than 560 scholarships valued at more than $666,550.
The AMF scholarships are funded by contributions received through the annual Combined Federal Campaign (#10517), the AFSA Parade of Checks, and other donations.
AFSA International Auxiliary Education Grant Program.
Who is eligible?
Air Force Dependent children pursuing undergraduate degrees. Sponsors must be enlisted members currently serving (Active, Air National Guard or Reserve), Retired, or a Veteran of the Air Force.
Does my sponsor have to be an AFSA member?
The AFSA and AFSA International Auxiliary programs have membership requirements, but there are no association membership requirements for the AMF or CMSAF programs.
How much are the scholarships?
The scholarships awarded are from $500 to $3,000 to students attending an accredited academic institution. The amount and total number of scholarships awarded are dependent upon funds available. To date, more than 2 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to Air Force dependent children.
What are the deadlines?
Applications for the upcoming academic year are available from Jan. 1 to March 31.
How do I apply?
How am I notified?
Those chosen to receive a scholarship are notified by mail. A check is mailed in September or October of the academic year to the recipient's school of choice.
Still have questions?
We have answers. Contact HQ AFSA Member and Field Relations at 301-899-3500.