An Airman’s son works toward a career in communication

CJ May is a freshman at Delaware State University, graduating in 2023 with a degree in mass communication. When he was planning to apply for college, CJ was concerned with how expensive pursuing his higher educational goals would be. Wanting a good education, and having limited financial resources, CJ’s mom told him to apply for the General Henry “Hap” Arnold Education Grant. 

The Hap Arnold Education Grant is a centerpiece of Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) education programs. A competitive grant with needs-based criteria, the grant weighs family income and education costs. 

CJ’s dad, Col Christopher May, has been an Airman since before CJ was born. “That’s just how I grew up. I’m really proud of it,” he says of his dad’s service. “I cherish the fact that he’s doing something for us and our country.” 

Because of his dad’s many years of service in the Air Force, CJ’s experience within the Air Force community has always been one of support and giving back to others. “Ecstatic” upon learning that he was a recipient of the education grant, CJ sees it as another way the Air Force supports its own. 

The Hap Arnold Education Grant has helped to make CJ’s future one without student loan debt. For that, he thanks those who have donated to AFAS. “The support means a lot to me and my family. We consider it a very gracious gift,” he says. He now has more leeway in the future, not having to worry about money after graduation.

While still early in his education, CJ plans to work in public relations or marketing after graduation.

The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and has been meeting the unique needs of Airmen and their families since 1942. AFAS works to support and enhance the USAF mission by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support, and community programs. Since 2008, AFAS has provided more than $215 million in direct support to Air Force families. Visit to learn more, apply for assistance or to donate.