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
Air Force Aid Society is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 academic year recipients of the AFAS Merit Scholarship. Congratulations to these 29 outstanding Air Force dependent students, who will each receive up to $5,000 towards their tuition and other college expenses! NAME UNIVERSITY Megan Pfeil University of Washington – Seattle John-Michael Kadrmas Texas A&M University Anna-Grace Brammer Oklahoma State University Emily Kelly Montana Tech of the University of Montana Julianna Budnick University of Washington Ivy McDermott Thomas Nelson Community College Gabrielle Joseph Northern Arizona University Sara McNeal Oklahoma Christian University Adelina Geraghty University of Dayton Fangyou Zou California Insitute of Technology Kira Ewoldt University of Nevada- Reno Caroline Schumaker University of Missouri- Columbia Hannah Nelson Virignia Tech Kennedy Davis Northern State University Allison Young Augustana University Hannah Vitt Texas A&M University Abigail Wiser East Carolina University Castalia Mayerhofer Brandeis University Julia Phillips University of Florida Alexa Ortiz University of Hawaii at Manoa Lily Olson Marquette University Grace Bernhart Colorado State University Emma Driggers Texas A&M University Amber Ide University of California Davis Allison Fick University of Notre Dame Willem Growden University of Colorado Boulder Ryan Kardoes Montana State University Racquel Hopkins University of Texas at Austin Faith Verbsky Florida State University
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.
AFAS education grants provide a sense of relief for a family of eight. The financial assistance AFAS provided has helped to relieve the Greiner family’s anxiety and stress of worrying about how to pay for their children’s college education.
A scholarship fund will leave a lasting legacy for two U.S. Air Force officers Recently, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous established two endowed scholarships to support training opportunities and educational programs to help Airmen, the children of Airmen and their families through the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS). This donor’s career led her to work with Airmen in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Because of this, she became a good friend and a trusted colleague of a USAF officer, and she has been a long-time friend of another general, both of whom are the named honorees of the scholarship funds. The two officers have been inspirational figures to the donor, and they set the example of how to serve selflessly with humility. It is out of her deep respect and admiration for the two officers that she set up the scholarships. The Society’s mission to provide educational support to Airmen and their families aligns with the donor’s professional background and personal philosophy and values, making AFAS a natural fit for her philanthropy. She hopes that the scholarships will allow current, retired and future Airmen and their families to pursue educational goals that will benefit themselves as well as the USAF. The endowment will have an intergenerational impact on the Society’s ability to continue its Airmen Helping Airmen mission.
As the oldest child, Erick Akins strives to be a role model for his younger brothers. Going to college was a dream of his, one that would let him be the first in his generation to attend college on his mother’s side. Not wanting to burden his family with financial loans, Erick just needed some financial assistance to get there.