The scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded to spouses of Airmen from Air Force active duty, Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve. The Air Force Association also considers academic achievement of a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and other factors, including recommendations and community activities.
"We take a great interest in education and quality of life issues for Airmen," said Bob Largent, Chairman of the Board for AFA. "These scholarships are a great opportunity to help these families pursue their academic goals."
"These scholarships invest in some very motivated individuals, and they are a credit to the families that support our Airmen," said Mike Dunn, President of AFA.
Use of the scholarship is flexible and can be applied to any reasonable cost in pursuit of the degree, including tuition and books.
2008 AFA Spouse Scholarships
Angela Bell, Grand Forks AFB, ND
Studying for her PhD in Education, Angela’s goal is working for national education programs. Her motivation includes instilling pride in schools, making children feel safe, making learning fun, helping fix social injustices and inspiring young minds.
Michele Johnson, Scott AFB, IL
Michele has a BA in Social Work and is working for a Masters Degree in geriatrics and related issues. Her focus is preserving dignity and respect for senior citizens.
Laura Plantenga, Lorton, VA
Laura is enrolled in a graduate certificate program in educational administration. Her focus is on drop out prevention and recovery.
Danielle Benscoter, Gainesville, FL
A physical therapist, she is completing a doctorate degree with the goal of working with military members who come home from war zones as amputees.
Shannon Haddix, McDill AFB
She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on “servant leadership.” She works as a performance consultant to transform the manner in which managers engage with their employees.
Brooke Fulham, Aurora, CO
A teacher in residence for Aurora Public Schools, she is working toward a degree in Special Education for Mild/Moderate Needs K-12.
Lissa DeLuna, Laughlin AFB, TX
Inspired by the value her mother gave to education and in spite of the challenges of money, working and raising small children, she has earned a BA and is now working toward a Masters in Business Administration.
Kjerstin Foster, in transit to Langley AFB, VA
With a BA in psychology and criminal justice, she is pursuing a Masters in Social Work to better serve emotionally disturbed, autistic, learning disabled and mentally retarded children. She wants to help patients and their families handle social, emotional and economic pressures.
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