OVERVIEW OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
To date, over 2.2 million in total funds have been awarded.
Air Force Sergeants Association Scholarship Program
To date, AFSA has awarded 617 scholarships totaling more than $920,100.00.
CMSAF: Since 1988, the fund has awarded more than 303 scholarships valued at $433,000.00.
AMF: To date, fund has awarded more than 632 scholarships valued at more than $771,000.00.
AFSA International Auxiliary Education Grant Program: To date, Auxiliary has awarded 170 grants and scholarships totaling over $165,700.00.
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 617 scholarships totaling more than $920,100 in scholastic financial aid. 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 303 scholarships valued at more than $433,000. 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 632 scholarships valued at more than $771,000.
2019 Family Focused Scholarship
CSEG is proud to support the AFSA Gives Back program through the Family Focused Scholarship.
The Family Focused Scholarship is open to all AFSA members in the family member category.
The scholarship will cover up to $17,100 in one online degree program (associate, bachelor or master) at either Columbia Southern University or Waldorf University. The scholarship will be directly applied to the recipient’s tuition for up to 60 semester hours or 24 consecutive months in the selected online degree program, whichever comes first. This scholarship covers tuition only. Textbooks and fees are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.
The goal of the Family Focused Scholarship is to provide AFSA family members an affordable method to achieve their academic goals and aspirations.
The scholarship application will open on January 1, 2019. All applications/scholarship essays must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2019. The selection process will end on June 28, 2019. Please visit http://www.csegroup.com/scholarships/family-focused-scholarship/ for application materials and additional information. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the educational opportunities available through Columbia Southern Education Group, please call 888.520.5836.
AFSA International Auxiliary Education Grant Program.
Who is eligible?
Uniformed Services Dependent children pursuing undergraduate degrees. Sponsors must be Military members, Joint Services Enlisted and Commissioned Officers currently serving (Active duty, Retired or a Veteran of the military.
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?
Download the application here.
Download the instructions here.
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 1-800-638-0594, ext 288.