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.
Jacinta grew up in a military family, her father retired from the Air Force as a Technical Sergeant. Even her mom worked at the Department of Defense in a civilian role. Jacinta loved the opportunities to meet new people, see new places and experience different cultures – hallmarks of growing up a military kid. But with two siblings, Jacinta was going to need financial assistance to make her educational dreams happen.
“To be a professional woman in the military community and pursue a career…has personally and professionally built my confidence,” Kristina says. Being a role model for her children, she’s showing them that putting in hard work now will definitely pay off later. Receiving educational assistance from Air Force Aid Society also eased her Airman husband’s mind, knowing that his wife wouldn’t have been able to attend college otherwise.