Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship

Michael Donley was the 22nd Secretary of the Air Force, with more than 30 distinguished years of service in the national security community, including service in the Senate, White House and the Pentagon. Secretary Donley was the longest serving Secretary in Air Force history and an outstanding leader. He and Mrs. Gail Donley have been unwavering champions of our airmen, airpower and their families.

The Air Force Association (AFA) has named its spouse scholarship program “The Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship” to provide a lasting tribute to the former Secretary of the Air Force and his wife for their exemplary support of the Air Force Family.

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The Mike and Gail Donley Spouse scholarship program is designed to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue associate, bachelor or graduate/postgraduate degrees.

Requirements/Evaluation Criteria

  • The applicant must be a spouse of Air Force Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve or Department of the Air Force Civilian employee to be eligible. Spouses who are themselves Air Force personnel, or in ROTC, are not eligible.

  • Include an official, original transcript verifying your minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher. The transcript must have your name on it and show that you are enrolled for the minimum number of hours (6 credit hours for undergraduate study and 3 credit hours for graduate study). You must be in a degree program. If you are not currently enrolled, then, in addition to an official, original transcript, include a letter from your college or university that confirms your intent to carry the required hours in the Fall.

  • If you have no prior college or university course work, include proof of acceptance to an accredited college or university. This must be an original letter on college or university stationery from the admissions office or the registrar.

  • In a two page double-spaced essay, describe your academic and career goals and the motivation which led you to this decision. Describe how Air Force involvement or local community activities in which you are involved will enhance your goals.

  • Two signed letters of recommendation should be character references and descriptions of your performance and potential as a student, employee or volunteer. The two letters must be from different sources. The letters can be from professors, employers or volunteer organizations. You may also request a letter from your local AFA Chapter.

  • A photo of the applicant (preferably a head shot). Your photo and your words may be used in our publications.

  • Complete application packages must be received no later than April 30, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship Allocation

  • Depending on the quality and number of applications received by AFA, one scholarship may be allocated to each of the Air Force Major Commands (MAJCOMs). Additionally, one or more scholarships may be awarded to spouses of Airmen or DAF Civilian employees that are not currently assigned to a MAJCOM. The 10 Air Force MAJCOMs are:
    Air Combat Command (ACC)
    Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
    Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC)
    Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)
    Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)
    Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)
    Air Force Special Operations (AFSOC)
    Air Mobility Command (AMC)
    Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
    U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)

  • A feedback form will be sent to recipients with their scholarship check and is required to be returned not more than six months after the award is made.

  • Scholarships are awarded in July.

  • Scholarships are not renewable. Prior recipients cannot be considered again.

  • A check in the amount of $2,500 will be sent to the recipient in September.

  • Scholarships may be used to pay for any reasonable cost related to pursuing a degree. This would include tuition, books, transportation or childcare costs.