Funding will be used to help Air Force families impacted by COVID-19 WASHINGTON, August 27, 2020 – Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) received $3.5 million in combined grant funding from USAA and Lockheed Martin Corporation to help airmen, space professionals, and their families facing hardships due to COVID-19. USAA has committed $2.5 million and Lockheed Martin Corporation has provided $1 million to AFAS to offer emergency financial assistance and educational support. “USAA and Lockheed Martin have been longstanding supporters of our service members. We truly appreciate their contributions during these uncertain times,” said AFAS CEO retired Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper, Jr. “We are navigating many new arenas and this increased funding will help to stabilize those households that are now down to one income because of a recent job loss. It will also aid Air Force families facing extra expenses for remote learning due to school closings.” The grants will be used by AFAS to provide emergency financial assistance in the form of no-interest loans and grants. In addition, AFAS will offer interest-free educational loans up to $1,000 for out-of-pocket college expenses for Air Force families with dependents attending college. Air Force families having a financial need with dependents in grades K through 12, can also apply for one-time $250 grants through a new Virtual Schooling Grant initiative
This includes a named grant in honor of the fifth CMSAF Robert D. Gaylor WASHINGTON, August 25, 2020 – The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) awarded $5.7 million in General Henry “Hap” Arnold education grants and merit scholarships to 2,048 college and university students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Of the recipients, one student was awarded the distinguished General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant in honor of the fifth Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) Robert D. Gaylor. “We are proud of all of our scholars, and especially excited to award a named grant in CMSAF Gaylor’s honor,” said AFAS CEO, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper, Jr. “We know the funds these students receive will help to advance not only their current educational goals but also their long-term career endeavors.” Each year, AFAS awards General Henry “Hap” Arnold education grants to the dependent spouses and children of active duty and retired airmen. Recipients will receive AFAS educational grants and merit-based scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to cover college tuition costs. The grants awarded are based on financial need and take into consideration an Air Force family’s income and the student’s educational costs. Each grant awarded is named in honor of individuals or organizations that have exemplified extraordinary service to the U.S. Air Force.
WASHINGTON, January 2, 2020 – The Air Force Aid Society’s (AFAS) General Henry “Hap” Arnold Education Grant application window is now open for the 2020-2021 academic year. Eligible recipients have until April 30, 2020, to submit applications. The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program dates back to 1988. Since the program’s inception, 111,654 students have received more than $172 million in education assistance through grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 based on need. Eligible recipients include dependent children of Air Force members currently on active duty (including Title 10 reservists and Title 32 guard), in retired status or deceased. Spouses of active-duty members and surviving spouses of active or retired members are also eligible. All applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at an accredited college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year and are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average. “Our Hap Arnold education grants are the centerpiece and gateway to all of our education programs at AFAS,” said the organization’s CEO and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper Jr. “Applying for the grant program opens the door to our scholarship program and no-interest education loans.” A select group of incoming college and university freshmen who complete the General Henry “Hap” Arnold Education Grant application with a 4.0 GPA will be notified to
Over 2,000 eligible college and university students are among this year’s recipients WASHINGTON, September 23, 2019 – The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) 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. Recipients 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. We are honored to provide this level of educational support and offer a sense of financial relief for our Airmen and their families,” said AFAS Chief Operating Officer, retired Air Force Col. Linda Egentowich. “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
Ambassador Leslie V. Rowe credits the Hap Arnold Grant from AFAS in helping her through college and life in the diplomatic services. Click on the Read More button to learn more about her incredible journey.