October 27, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AFA Announces the 2008 Frank M. Andrews Scholarship
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced the selection of James Neat as the 2008 recipient of the $5,000 Falcon Foundation Scholarship, which honors the memory and extraordinary career of Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews.
Neat attends Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama, and is originally from Pasadena, Maryland. Each year, through the Frank Andrews Scholarship, AFA supports preparatory training at one of five college-level prep schools for a qualified Academy candidate, selected by the Academy’s Falcon Foundation.
Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews died in World War II as Commander of U.S. Air Operations in Europe, with responsibility for the U.S. air campaign against Germany. In 1935, he became the first commander of the newly formed General Headquarters Air Force, and as such, is remembered for a pivotal contribution to the development of the Air Force that would become an independent service in 1947. He was an early and vocal advocate of the heavy bomber capability, including the famed B-17, that proved so essential in the Allied war effort, and Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland is also named in his honor.
“We are pleased to announce this year’s Frank M. Andrews Scholarship, and congratulate James Neat,” said S. Sanford Schlitt, Vice Chairman of the Board, Aerospace Education. “AFA is committed to education and its central role in ensuring the future of the Air Force.”
“The Air Force Academy offers an incredible foundation for lifelong success,” said Mike Dunn, President of AFA. “We’re proud to be a part of this scholarship opportunity, and help promote great Air Force careers.”
The scholarship is administered by the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Foundation, which is committed to providing educational opportunities to those who seek Air Force Academy admission and careers as Air Force Officers. Past recipients of this scholarship include Jarred Epstein, Academy Class of 2009; Richard Heiden, Academy Class of 2010; Kyle Joseph, Academy Class of 2011; and Devon Phillips, Academy Class of 2012.
For more information about AFA’s efforts to promote education, including awards, scholarships and grants, please visit http://www.afa.org/aef/default.asp?pm=asg.
AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 125,000 members. Visit AFA at http://www.afa.org.
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