AFA announces scholarships available

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Col Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship:

The scholarship was established for  minor dependents of (officer or enlisted) active duty, retired or prior service members of all branches, reservists or National Guard who are/will be pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited college/university. Priority will be given to those dependents whose parent/guardian served for eight or more years; or has either a parent die while serving on or in can active duty status, or has a parent that has been classified as a wounded warrior. Currently, one recipient will be chosen to receive $1,000. Last year two recipients were awarded since there were not qualified applicants the previous year. Checks are sent to the recipient’s school.

Mike and Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship:

The Air Force Donley Spouse Scholarship program is designed to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue associate, bachelor, or graduate/post graduate degrees. Two recipients will be selected, each being awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Last year this program had approx. 190 applicants. Checks are sent directly to the recipient for school related fees.

Lt Col Romeo and Bass Ferretti Scholarship:

The Ferretti scholarship was established for minor dependents of Air Force active duty, Reserve or Air National Guard enlisted airmen pursuing an undergraduate degree in the area of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The recipients will be selected based upon high academic standards, good character and financial need. One recipient will receive $5,000 award. Checks are sent to the recipient’s school.

Capt Jodi Callahan Memorial Scholarship:

The Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance and recognition to an active duty Air Force full time guard or reserve (officer or enlisted) person who is pursuing a Master's degree in a non-technical field. One recipient will be chosen to receive $1,000 scholarship. Checks are sent to the recipients directly for school related fees.

Col Loren J. and Lawona R. Spencer Scholarship:

The scholarship provides funds to United States Air Force Personnel (officer or enlisted, Air Force civilian, full time National Guard and full time Reserve) for them to pursue graduate level education in the management and administration fields in preparation for senior level leadership roles. An enlisted, officer and civilian recipient will each be awarded $5,000. If there is not adequate representation for each category, the donor may grant other qualified applicants to receive the award instead. Last year, this program had less than 50 applicants. Checks are sent to the recipient’s school.

April 30, 2017, 11:59 pm EDT Application Deadline.

For more information visit AFA’s Scholarship webpage at

Questions can be emailed to Whitney Distaso at        

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