Air Force Aid Society Awards $5.6 Million in Education Grants and Scholarships

Over 2,000 eligible college and university students are among this year's recipients

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The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) awarded $5.6 million in General Henry “Hap” Arnold education grants and merit scholarships to 2,201 college and university students for the 2019-2020 academic year. This list included dependent spouses and children of active duty and retired Airmen.

Recipients will receive AFAS education grants and merit-based scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to cover college tuition costs.

“We received a total of 2,754 applicants this year. We are honored to provide this level of educational support and offer a sense of financial relief for our Airmen and their families," said AFAS Chief Operating Officer, retired Air Force Col. Linda Egentowich. “The grants and scholarships we provide have been essential to helping these students not only pursue their current educational goals but also launch their future careers.”

Each year, AFAS awards General “Hap” Arnold education grants based on financial need by taking into consideration an Air Force family’s income and the student’s educational costs. Some students receive “named grants” that are awarded in honor of individuals or organizations that have exemplified extraordinary service to the U.S. Air Force. For a full listing, visit named General Hap Arnold education grants

However, only a select group is considered for the AFAS merit scholarships. To be considered, students have to first complete the Arnold education grant application. Because it is a merit-based award, only applicants with a 4.0 GPA are invited to apply. Applications are evaluated based on cumulative GPA scores, high school transcripts and written essays. For a list of current scholarship recipients, visit AFAS Merit Scholarship Recipients 2019-2020.

“Education has been at the cornerstone of our organization since 1942, and we are honored to continue this tradition year after year for the spouses and dependents of so many deserving Airmen,” said AFAS CEO, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper, Jr.

The parents and sponsors of students who applied for the General “Hap” Arnold education grants are also eligible to receive an additional $1,000, no-interest AFAS supplemental education loan to cover incidental college expenses. 

Since launching the education program, AFAS has awarded over $172 million in “Hap” Arnold education grants and $1.1 million in merit scholarships. General Henry “Hap” Arnold education grant applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available beginning January 2020. For more information, visit

About Air Force Aid Society

The Air Force Aid Society is a four-star Charity Navigator rated private, nonprofit organization. Founded in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society’s mission is to help relieve financial distress of Air Force members and their families and assist them in achieving their educational goals, as well as improving their quality of life by providing proactive programs. To learn more, visit or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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