An Air Force retiree has put in their time and served their country well, and it's nice when the country is able to give back. One way an Air Force retiree can be honored is with a scholarship for their dependents to make sure that the members of their family can get a college education. We've put together a list of scholarships available for spouses and children of those retired from the Air Force to give an idea of the assistance that's available.
|Scholarship||Military Branch||Scholarship Amount||Qualifications|
|AFSA Scholarship||Air Force||Up to $2,500 a year||AFSA member family, good academic record and character|
|Lt Col Romeo - Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship||Air Force||$5,000||Freshman pursuing a degree in STEM|
|General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant||Air Force||Up to $4,000 a year||Air Force spouse or child, based on financial need|
|Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship||Any||Average of $1,000||Minor dependent, priority given to children of Air Force Wounded Warriors|
|Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Scholarship||Air Force||Up to $3,000 a year||Air Force child pursuing undergraduate degree|
Retired Air Force Dependent Scholarships
Many scholarships are available for both active-duty and retired or veteran Air Force families. Some are only available to members of certain organizations or students pursuing specific degrees. For children or spouses of Air Force families, we've compiled a list of five scholarships that could prove valuable. All are available to dependents of Air Force retirees but have different qualifications.
The Air Force Sergeant's Association (AFSA) is an assistance and relief foundation for Air Force enlistees, and they provide several scholarships for dependents of both active-duty and retired members. Their primary scholarship, the AFSA Scholarship, offers up to $2,500, depending on funding. Unlike many similar scholarships, financial need is not taken into consideration, though recipient families must be AFSA members. A good academic record, character, and leadership skills are all taken into consideration during the application process.
Lt Col Romeo - Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship
For minor dependents of Air Force retirees looking for a career in the STEM field, the Lt Col Romeo - Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship could provide aid. The scholarship is available to students just beginning their college journey, and is specifically for study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The award is a one-time payment of $5,000. As part of the application process, potential recipients will have to provide a 600-word essay describing academic achievements and goals, as well as a signed letter of recommendation.
General Henry H. Arnold Grant
For the spouse or child of a veteran of the Air Force, the General Henry H. Arnold Grant is available to assist in acquiring a college education. The grant will pay up to $4,000 a year to a child of an active duty, retired, retired Reserve, or deceased Air Force member, or a spouse of an active duty or deceased of the same. The grants are for undergraduate study, and the amount awarded is based on financial need. Each grant is also unique: they each carry the name of a different individual or organization that exemplifies service in the Air Force.
Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship
Though the Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship is open to all branches of the armed forces, priority is given to special cases, including Air Force families. The scholarship averages $1,000, awarded to a minor dependent of a veteran or retiree. Special priority will be given to potential recipients whose parent or guardian has served for eight or more years, has fallen in active service, or has been classified as a wounded warrior through the Air Force Wounded Warrior program. Like the Lt Col Romeo Scholarship, a 600-word essay and letter of recommendation must accompany each application, among other requirements.
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Scholarship
Another opportunity provided by the AFSA is the Chief Master of the Air Force Scholarship. It is awarded to minor dependents of Air Force families, and is for up to $3,000 a year dependent on funding. Unlike the AFSA Scholarship, membership in the AFSA is not required to be eligible, though the recipient must be pursuing an undergraduate degree. A unique feature of the scholarship is the chance for a potential recipient to include additional information he or she believes should be considered, such as student disabilities, parent POW/KIA/MIA status, or other extenuating circumstances.