The Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and the Airmen Memorial Foundation (AMF) joined together to conduct a scholarship program to financially assist the undergraduate studies of eligible, dependent children of the Total Air Force which includes Air Force Active Duty (AFAD), Air National Guard (ANG) , and Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) enlisted members in active duty, retired, or veteran status. Applications are screened and verified for eligibility prior to submission to the respective selection committee(s). The AFSA and AFSA International Auxiliary programs have membership requirements, but there are no association membership requirements for the AMF or CMSAF programs.
Applications for the upcoming academic year are available between November 1 and March 31. Completed application packages with all required documents can be sent to AFSA Headquarters between January 1 and March 31, incomplete packages or packages received after March 31 are ineligible for consideration.
AFSA, AMF (including the CMSAF Scholarship Program), and AFSA International Auxiliary award scholarships valued from $500 to $3,000 to students attending an accredited academic institution. The grant amount and total number of scholarships awarded are dependent upon funds available. To date, over $1.9 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to Air Force dependent children.
In all three scholarship programs (AFSA, AMF and CMSAF), all contributions are used solely for educational purposes, and there are no administrative or other fees charged, in accordance with policies approved by each program's governing body. Each program is totally dependent on donor support and funds availability determines the number and amounts to be awarded each year.
The AFSA scholarships are funded by donations from AFSA members, the association's field activities, and memorials. The AMF scholarships are funded from contributions received through the annual Combined Federal Campaign (#10517) and other donations. The CMSAF scholarship program is funded by donations, memorials, and speaking honorariums.
Scholarships are awarded in each program based on the applicant's academic record, character, leadership skills, writing ability, versatility and potential for success. Financial need is not a consideration.
A committee comprised of Maryland, Virginia, and/or District of Columbia university faculty members reviews all applications. Students are ranked, and recommendations from this committee are presented to the scholarship selection committees for final determination. Those chosen to receive a scholarship are notified by mail. A check is mailed on September/October to the recipient's school of choice. The scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, room and board (on or off campus), books, supplies, meals, or transportation. The top award winner from each program will be requested to furnish a photograph for publicity purposes.