A college education is increasingly becoming expensive and is one of the costs that drive anxiety into the hearts of many American parents and children. Fortunately, children whose parent(s) serve in the Air Force can benefit from the following college scholarships.
Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to children of soldiers, airmen, Marines, Guardsmen and other persons in service who have died or become disabled in the line of duty or during training. The amount awarded is determined by the recipient's demonstrated need and is offered for four years. This money is meant to cover school supplies, tuition, accommodation, meals and other school-related needs.
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
Since 1942 this program has issued grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 to children of Air Force personnel who are deceased, in active duty or are veterans. Recipients are often high school graduates who are accepted or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program. Recipients can reapply in subsequent school years provided they have a 2.0 GPA minimum. Spouses of active duty members and widows of veteran or active duty members may also apply.
Scholarships for Military Children
The Fisher House Foundation, together with a number of global commissaries of military bases, runs this program. In only 17 years, the program has offered more than $16 million in grants. A recipient must be below age 23 and have a 3.0 GPA to receive their $1,500 grant. Eligible persons are those whose parents are retired, fallen, Reserve, Guard and active duty U.S. service members.
Air Force Dependents
The Airmen Memorial Foundation and the Air Force Sergeants Association joined forces to offer scholarships ranging from $500-$3,000 for dependents of veteran or active duty personnel enrolled in an accredited postsecondary school. The organizations judge applicants' leadership ability, academic record, writing skills, character and the potential for success.
American Veterans (AMVETS) awards only six $4,000 scholarships spread across the four college years, annually. The money offsets fees associated with undergraduate education, licensing and any other certification. Eligible persons must be children or grandchildren of a U.S. veteran and with a 3.0 GPA in high school. They must also be accepted or enrolled in an eligible program.
Spouse Education Assistance Program
Spouses of service members who are retired or on active duty are eligible for scholarship funding if they are enrolled in an accredited university or college. However, the funds are only available for spring and fall semesters only. Applicants must prove financial need.
Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program
Children of military personnel who have died or disabled in the line of duty, aged between 18 years and 26 years are eligible to receive educational benefits for 45 months for their undergraduate, graduate and vocational training. This courtesy also extends to children of service members detained as prisoners of war and those that have been declared missing.
Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program
Persons whose spouses are stationed overseas can receive assistance to pursue their undergraduate educational ambitions, in either a university or a college. Those enrolled in a full-time program receive financial support for the entire length of the course. The spouse must reside overseas with the soldier.