Each year, AFAS awards a minimum of 10 Merit Scholarships. These $5,000 scholarships provide substantial support for incoming freshmen students who demonstrate outstanding academic potential.



Incoming college and university freshmen students who have already successfully completed both parts of the Arnold Education Grant application may be considered for a Merit Scholarship for 2018

Actually receiving an Arnold Education Grant is not a pre-requisite to receipt of a Merit Scholarship. A student can be awarded a Merit Scholarship without receiving the needs-based Arnold Education Grant.


Consideration for the AFAS Merit Scholarship requires completion of the Arnold Education Grant application.

Students who are to be considered for a Merit Scholarship will be contacted directly by HQ AFAS in May each year with details on submitting their end-of-year high school transcripts and essays on a specified topic.



Students who have already been vetted through the Arnold Education Grant application process will be evaluated based on cumulative GPA, high school transcripts and an essay written on a specified topic.

Those students ultimately chosen to receive a Merit Scholarship are announced in July each year. Funds will be disbursed directly to their college or university in August each year, and are limited to use for tuition, fees, books and curriculum-required materials.

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