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Air Force Association announces its 2014 educational scholarships

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There are a number of educational opportunities on the horizon for the men and women on McChord Field, not to mention their spouses and dependents, who are interested in pursuing a secondary degree.

The Air Force Association (AFA) has once again announced its scholarship and grant programs for 2014. Eligibility varies and applications for each of the scholarships can be found at None of the scholarships are renewable and prior recipients may not reapply.

The Col. Loren J. and Mrs. Lawona R. Spencer Scholarship - brand new this year - provides money to U.S. Air Force personnel, to include officers, enlisted airmen, civilians, fulltime reservists or Air National Guardsmen, who are pursuing graduate-level education in the management and administration fields in preparation for senior level leadership roles. The scholarship totals $5,000 and applications will be accepted through June 30, 2014.

The Lt. Col. Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship is intended for the dependents (aged under 18) of any Air Force (active-duty or retired), Reserves or Air National Guard enlisted airmen pursuing an undergraduate degree in the area of science, technology, engineering or math. Scholarships will be awarded for the 2014-2015 school year in the amount of $2,500. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2014.

The Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship is intended to encourage Air Force spouses to pursue an associate/bachelor or graduate/postgraduate degree. The scholarship, named in honor of the 22nd Secretary of the Air Force, Donley, and his wife, totals $2,500 and will be sent out in September. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2014.  

The Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial Scholarship, named for an AFA Under-Forty National Director and a Trustee of the former Aerospace Education Foundation, provides financial assistance and recognition to an active-duty Air Force, fulltime Guard or reservist pursuing a Master's degree in a non-technical field. The scholarship totals $1,000 and will be sent out in September. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2014.

The cream of the crop is the Grantham Scholarship, a full scholarship (approximately $36,000 in value) to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree through online studies at Grantham University, including required books and software. The scholarship is open to active-duty Air Force dependents, AFA members or dependents of AFA members. To be eligible, candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and meet the University's minimum admissions requirements. Applications will be accepted between April 1 and June 15, 2014; only one Grantham Scholarship will be awarded.

For additional information, visit the McChord Education Center, 851 Lincoln Blvd., on McChord Field. The Education Center offers walk-in customer service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and by appointment only on Monday and Friday; call 253.982.9900 to make an appointment. 

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