A grant from AFAS allows one college student to stay focused

Freshman Brianna Arthur wanted to receive a good college education while not accumulating debt that could hinder her after graduation. Fortunately, she received numerous scholarships to help her achieve this goal, including a grant from the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS). The General Henry “Hap” Arnold Education Grant, also known as the centerpiece of educational support offered by AFAS, is a free grant offered to the dependents and spouses of Airmen.

“The money that I received from this amazing grant has allowed me to not stress over funds,” Brianna says. The Hap Arnold Education Grant allows her to avoid having to find additional part-time jobs to pay for school and instead dedicate more time to her studies and obtaining a degree. 

Brianna knows what it means to be a part of the Air Force family because of her father, MSgt Willard Arthur, who retired in 2004 after 20 years of service. “The Air Force really, really helped our family out, with all the benefits that we can receive from them,” she says, including the education grant from AFAS.

For those who contribute to AFAS, Brianna is grateful for their generosity. “They are affecting us a ton. Our families are not stressed anymore…we’re not going to be in debt to our eyeballs because of you guys, so we appreciate that. I appreciate that especially,” says Brianna heartfully. 

Hoping that every student knows about the Hap Arnold Education Grant, Brianna says it can “change their lives and help them get through school.” And as she continues her studies at Delaware State University as a mass communication major, Brianna knows exactly how this opportunity has created lasting change in her life.

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 www.afas.org to learn more, apply for assistance or to donate.