AFAS 2019 Annual Report

EDUCATION SUPPORT

Total Education Support $5.74M

Higher Education is a key to advancement and future success. Dependent children and spouses of active duty and retired Airmen can work toward their dreams of a college degree with AFAS education grants, scholarships and loans.

In 2019, $5.74 million in total Education Support was provided to dependent children and spouses and disbursed as follows:

Surviving Spouse / Children of deceased Airmen 2%

Retired Airmen 60%

Total Force 38%

of scholastic achievement will be invited to apply for an AFAS Merit Scholarship. Applicants will be selected based on cumulative GPA, high school transcripts, and an essay written on a specified topic. For the academic year 2019-2020, AFAS awarded $187,500 in Merit Scholarships to 46 Air Force dependent scholars. AFAS SUPPLEMENTAL LOAN PROGRAM Scholarships and grants don’t pay for everything. Air Force Aid Society offers the no-interest Supplemental Education Loan to help. Active Duty, Active Guard/Reserve, Retired and Retired Reserve Air Force families whose financial need has been established through the Arnold Education Grant application process are eligible. For academic year 2019-2020, AFAS provided 47 families with Supplemental Education Loans totaling $53,000.

GENERAL HENRY H. ARNOLD EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM

Arnold Education Grants are the centerpiece of the Society’s education support initiatives. The grants are awarded to eligible, qualifying Air Force dependents (spouses and children). The selection criteria is uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education costs. The Arnold Education Grants range from $500 to $4,000, with specific amount awarded based upon a student’s individual level of financial need. For academic year 2019-2020, AFAS awarded $5.5 million in Arnold Education Grants to 2,172 dependent scholars. AFAS MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS Each year AFAS awards a number of merit-based scholarships as a complement to the need- based support allocated through the Arnold Education Grant program. Incoming college freshmen being considered for the Arnold Education Grant who exhibit the highest levels

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