Air Force Aid Society awards $5.6 million in education grants, scholarships


Over 2,000 eligible college and university students are among this year’s recipients

WASHINGTON – The Air Force Aid Society awarded $5.6 million in General Henry “Hap” Arnold education grants and merit scholarships to 2,201 college and university students for the 2019-2020 academic year. This list included dependent spouses and children of active duty and retired Airmen.

This year’s recipients and will receive AFAS education grants and merit-based scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to cover college tuition costs.

“We received a total of 2,754 applicants this year,”said retired Air Force Col. Linda Egentowich, AFAS chief operating officer. “We are honored to provide this level of educational support and offer a sense of financial relief for our Airmen and their families. The grants and scholarships we provide have been essential to helping these students not only pursue their current educational goals but also launch their future careers.”

Each year, AFAS awards General “Hap” Arnold education grants based on financial need by taking into consideration an Air Force family’s income and the student’s educational costs. Some students receive “named grants” that are awarded in honor of individuals or organizations that have exemplified extraordinary service to the U.S. Air Force. For a full listing, visit named General Hap Arnold education grants.

However, only a select group are considered for the AFAS merit scholarships. To be considered, students have to first complete the Arnold education grant application. Because it is a merit-based award, only applicants with a 4.0 GPA are invited to apply for the achievement scholarships. Applications are evaluated based on cumulative GPA scores, high school transcripts and written essays. Each year, applicants are asked to submit written essays on a specific topic. This allows AFAS to gain a better understanding of the student based upon how well they understand the topic and defend their position.

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This year students were asked to submit essays explaining how they recovered from a mistake, challenge or disappointment and what they learned. For a list of current scholarship recipients, visit AFAS Merit Scholarship Recipients 2019-2020.

“Education has been at the cornerstone of our organization since 1942, and we are honored to continue this tradition year after year for the spouses and dependents of so many deserving Airmen,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper Jr., AFAS CEO.

The parents and sponsors of students who applied for the General “Hap” Arnold education grants are also eligible to receive an additional $1,000, no-interest AFAS supplemental education loan for the upcoming academic year to cover incidental college expenses.

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GENERAL HENRY H. ARNOLD

Retired:   June 30,1946. |  Died:  January 15,1950

General of the Air Force. Pioneer airman who was taught to fly by the Wright Brothers, and commander of Army Air Forces in victory over Germany and Japan in World War II: born Gladwyne, Pa., June 25, 1886, died Sonoma, Calif., Jan. 15, 1950.

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