Air Force clubs offer Airmen road to education

By Air Force News on June 2, 2011

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- The road to higher education can be a little easier for members of Air Force clubs around the world, or their dependents, through the 2011 Club Membership Scholarship program, officials said.

"Twenty-five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to club members or their families attending or accepted to attend a college or university," said Shelta Reese, of the 902nd Force Support Squadron. "Current Air Force Club members and their family members who have been accepted by or are enrolled in an accredited college or university for entry during the fall-of-2011 term as a part-time or full-time student are eligible."

She said that includes dependent grandchildren of members, spouses and children. It also includes graduate and undergraduate students.

"We want to help club members with the costs of higher education, and this is a way for the clubs to reward their members," Ms. Reese said of the annual scholarship, now in its 15th consecutive year. "We consider it a benefit of membership."

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit a written essay of 500 words or less on the theme, "My contribution(s) to the Air Force." To qualify, the essays must conform to a standardized style, including the applicant's name, date and a word count.

The applications need to be in Microsoft Word format in 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font, single spaced in the paragraph but double spaced between paragraphs. A one-inch margin must be on the top and bottom of the paper with one and a quarter-inch margins on the sides. Essays must be submitted both on CD and in printed form. In addition, applicants must provide a copy of their college or university acceptance letter for new students or the latest transcript for continuing students.

Examples are provided on the application form.

Application forms are available at, and application packages need to be turned in to your base force support squadron office by July 1.

Final scholarship awards for the upcoming school year will be announced in mid September.