General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has been committed to helping Air Force members and their families to realize their academic goals. This grant program is competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors. Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 are awarded to selected candidates. The award can be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies and curriculum-required materials.

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force incorporated in 1942 as a non-profit organization whose mission is to help relieve financial distress of Air Force members and their families and to assist them in financing their higher education goals.


  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, 2016 (all other Guard and Reserve are not eligible).
  • Retired due to length of active duty service or disability, or retired AGR/Reserve with 20+ satisfactory service years creditable for retired pay (all others are not eligible).
  • Deceased while on active duty or in retired status.
  1. Spouses of Active Duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty. Member’s active duty status must extend through December 1, 2016. Eligible spouses must be legally married to member (not separated or pending divorce) at time of application and disbursement of award.
  2. Surviving spouses of Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status.
  3. Will be a high school graduate enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate student in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  4. 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.
  5. Maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grading scale.

How to Apply:

For applying the scholarship, the applicants can apply register themselves through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • All applicants must submit front and back copies of the student’s military ID card [AFI 36-3026(I), Chapter 1, Table permits cardholder to photocopy IDs to “administer military-related benefits to eligible beneficiaries”],  and sponsoring member’s qualifying documentation as follows:
  • Active Duty – attach copy of assignment orders to present duty station. Title 10 AGR/Reserve attach copy of extended active duty orders showing active status through December 1, 2016. (All Active Duty members sponsoring spouses for grants must be on active duty status through December 1, 2016).
  • Title 32 AGR – attach orders/contracts showing performance of full-time active duty through December 1, 2016. (AF Form 526 AGR/USAFR Point Credit Summary accepted with active duty status through December 2016.)
  • Retired – attach copy of military retirement orders. (DD Form 214 Statement of Service accepted with reason for separation listed as retirement.) Retired AGR/Reserve attach retirement orders (DD Form 214); notice of eligibility for retired pay at age 60; or retired pay order showing retired with pay on 60th birthday or later.
  • Deceased – attach a copy of AF Form 1613 Statement of Service form; or State Death Certificate with copy of most current military orders.

Award Amount:

Grants will range from $500 to $4,000 with the highest amounts going to the students with greatest demonstrated need.

Application Deadline:

Completed applications with all required documents that are received by March 18, 2016 will be considered for a grant award.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

For more question, you can call Scholarship Management Services at 1(800) 205-6372, or email


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