Scholarships Help Students Soar

Through these AFA scholarships, caring organizations and individuals help students pursue their dreams of higher education with generous grants. These programs exemplify the lifelong bond of Airmen and the commitment of our supporting community. AFA is proud to present this year’s scholarship recipients and highlight all of their contributions toward furthering the AFA, and Air and Space Force missions.

AFA accepts scholarship applications between December 1 and April 30. Applicants will be notified by July whether they were selected or not.


Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship

Provides $1,000 annually to minor dependents of Active, Guard, Reserve, veteran, or retired members of any service branch pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university. 

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Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial Scholarship

Provides $1,000 to USAF/USSF Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve personnel pursuing a master's degree in a non-technical field.

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Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarships

Provides $2,500 annually to encourage Air Force or Space Force spouses worldwide to pursue higher education.

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Lt. Col. Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship

Provides $5,000 to minor dependents of Air and Space Force Active Duty, Reserve, or Air National Guard enlisted Airmen pursuing an undergraduate STEM degree.

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Col. Loren J. and Mrs. Lawona R. Spencer Scholarship

Provides three $5,000 scholarships for Air Force personnel (Active Duty, civilian, or full-time National Guard or Reserve) to pursue graduate-level education in management and administration in preparation for senior-level leadership roles.

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John C. and Blanche Lee Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

Provides one $2,500 scholarship to a child of members of the United States Air who is pursuing a college degree.

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Dr. Sydell Perlmutter Gold Memorial Scholarship

Provides a renewable $5,000 annual scholarship (for a total possible award of $20,000) to the daughter of Active, Guard, or Reserve Air Force members pursuing a bachelor's degree in a STEM field. 

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Delta Dental Grants

Provides five $2,000 scholarships and grants to military spouses, military dependents, and transitioning service members for the advancement of oral health and wellness. 

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Trident University Full Scholarship

Provides three full-tuition scholarships to current AFA members pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Trident University. Both current and prospective students are eligible.

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Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Scholarship

Provides $1,000 to current and former members of the Air and Space Forces, Air National Guard, and Reserve, and their spouses or children to pursue a college degree or flight training.

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Pentagon Federal Credit Union Pilot Training Scholarship

Sponsored by Pentagon Federal Credit Union, this scholarship is available to AFA members to pursue pilot training towards a private pilot's license. The award will be for a maximum of $10,000 and applicable to aircraft rental and instructor fees at a training facility of the recipient's choice.

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Destin Flight Works Pilot Training Scholarship

Funded by Vertol Systems Company, Inc., this program provides one AFA member per year up to $10,000 toward pilot training courses, instructor fees, and aircraft rental, leading to a private pilot’s license at the Destin Flight Works school in Destin, Fla. 

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The George and Vicki Muellner Foundation Scholarship

Created through a generous contribution by the George and Vicki Muellner Foundation, two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded annually to eligible college students in Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings (AAS-SW). Applications are accepted September through November each academic year.

More information can be found at under Academic Scholarships and questions may be directed to the AAS-SW Executive Management Center at