General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
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. The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program, the centerpiece of the Society's education initiatives, has been overwhelmingly popular. The value and success of this program is demonstrated in the 99,530 grants disbursed since the first awards were made for the 1988-1989 academic year.
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. These $2,000 grants are awarded 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 of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their full-time undergraduate studies.
To ensure unbiased selection, AFAS contracted with ACT's Scholarship and Recognition Services to provide administrative support services for this program. However, the Scholarship and Recognition Services division of ACT was recently acquired by Scholarship America, an independent, not-for-profit organization whose primary focus is providing access to higher education through scholarships and tuition assistance. As a result, the program will now be administered by Scholarship Management Services (SMS), a division of Scholarship America. Over the past 36 years, SMS has become the nation's leading administrator of education assistance programs. The Society has every confidence that SMS will administer our grant program in an efficient and credible manner, and will provide the expected level of customer service.
Each award carries the name of an individual or organization exemplifying service to the Air Force, and biographical information is sent to each grant recipient. For example, General of the Air Force Henry (Hap) Arnold, Generals George S. Brown, Curtis E. LeMay, Carl A. Spaatz, Ira C. Eaker, Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., and CMSgts of the Air Force Richard D. Kisling, Arthur L. "Bud" Andrews, and Donald L. Harlow are just a few of the established awards.