Advancing the Education of our Enlisted Force

AFA salutes the continued education and personal development of our Airmen. As our Airmen improve themselves, they improve our Air Force. We are proud to offer two categories of Pitsenbarger Awards: 1) AFA's traditional $400 cash scholarship and 2) AFA's new University of Maryland University College (UMUC) $750 tuition waiver. All Pitsenbargers are based on available funds and are not guaranteed.
 

AFA Pitsenbarger Awards

Air Force Association Pitsenbarger Awards provide a one-time grant of $400 and a one year complimentary AFA eMembership  to selected top USAF enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree (only). The grants coincide with the CCAF graduation ceremonies held each Spring and Fall.

Requirements/Evaluation Criteria

  • Proof of current enrollment or intent to enroll in an accredited program leading to a baccalaureate degree must be submitted with the application.
  • Citations and awards representing distinguished activity should be submitted with application .
  • A narrative statement describing your extracurricular activities and explaining their significance must be submitted with application . Emphasize those activities that indicate leadership, citizenship, teamwork, community service, personal development and dedication. Also discuss other distinguishing activities and academic accomplishments. The narrative should also include undergraduate plans (e.g., school, field of study, future goals).
  • Commander’s endorsement must also be submitted with the application.

Award Allocation

  • A check in the amount of $400
  • A certificate is sent to the Education Service Office (ESO) or local AFA chapter for presentation.
  • A one-year complimentary eMembership  to AFA

AFA Pitsenbarger Awards - UMUC Tuition Waiver

New offering in 2018 - New Offering for Fall 2018 – AFA is excited to announce a new partnership with University of Maryland University College to advance our Pitsenbarger Award program and serve more enlisted Airmen.  

Effective Fall 2018, AFA and UMUC will provide a one-time tuition waiver in the amount of $750 for 32 CCAF graduates, 16 each cycle (fall 2018 and spring 2019).

UMUC Tuition Waivers are not refundable to the student. If for some reason the student does not use the UMUC Tuition Waiver by the end of the UMUC semester following the receipt of the award, UMUC will remove the funds from the student's account.

Requirements/Evaluation Criteria

  • Proof of current enrollment or intent to enroll at University of Maryland University College must be submitted with application . UMUC Tuition Waivers may only be awarded to new or current UMUC Students. UMUC will waive the Application Fee for UMUC Tuition Waiver award recipients.
  • Citations and awards representing distinguished activity should be submitted with application .
  • A narrative statement describing your extracurricular activities and explaining their significance must be submitted with application . Emphasize those activities that indicate leadership, citizenship, teamwork, community service, personal development and dedication. Also discuss other distinguishing activities and academic accomplishments. The narrative should also include undergraduate plans (e.g., school, field of study, future goals).
  • Commander’s endorsement must also be submitted with the application.

Award Allocation

  • $750 Tuition Waiver at UMUC
  • A Certificate is sent to the Education Service Office (ESO) or local AFA chapter for presentation.
  • A one-year complimentary eMembership to AFA

 

Students wishing to apply should contact their base education office to learn about application deadlines and procedures.