2015-2016 Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

Application for the 2016-2017 academic year will be available on or about 1 December 2015.


Since its inception in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has been committed to helping Air Force members and their families realize their academic goals. In recent years, the Society's emphasis has been on direct funding of new initiatives that provide greater value to Air Force families.

The centerpiece of the Society's education initiatives is the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program which provides $2,000 grants to selected sons and daughters of active-duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active-duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses (stateside) of active-duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies. The value and success of this program, is demonstrated in the 96,882 grants disbursed since the first awards were made for the 1988-1989 academic year.

This grant program remains competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors, and is administered by ACT Scholarship and Recognition Services. ACT, located in Iowa City IA, is an independent, not-for-profit organization with nearly 50 years experience in providing support services to scholarship sponsors.


Applicants must be in one of the following categories (items 1-3) and meet all other eligibility criteria listed below (items 4-6):

For financial aid purposes, a "dependent" student is one who will not reach age 24 during the award year; will not be a graduate or professional student; will not be a veteran; will not be an orphan or ward of the court; will not be married or have legal dependents other than a spouse.

NOTE: Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses should check with their school official to verify their enrollment as meeting school's full-time status requirements.

  1. Dependent sons and daughters of Air Force members in one of the following categories:
    • Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve on extended active duty and Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty. All members must be on active duty through December 1, 2015 (all other Guard and Reserve are not eligible).
    • Retired due to length of active duty service or disability or retired AGR/Reserve with 20+ qualifying years creditable for retired pay (all others are not eligible).
    • Deceased while on active duty or in retired status.
  2. Spouses of Active-Duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty. Member's active-duty status must extend through December 1, 2015. Eligible spouses must be legally married to member (not separated or pending divorce) at time of application and disbursement of award.
  3. Surviving spouses of Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status.
  4. Will be a high school graduate enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate student in the 2015-2016 academic year.
  5. Will be enrolled or accepted in an accredited college, university or vocational/trade school approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in federal aid programs.
  6. Maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grading scale.
  7. Full-time students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

NOTE: Eligibility in future years requires previous grant recipients to demonstrate satisfactory progress by promotion in school grade level. Awards are not automatically renewed; students must reapply each year.

For application procedures, follow this link: http://www.afas.org/education-grants

Main page: www.afas.org

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