In 2019, AFSA will award 31 one-time awards of $3,500 and two honorable mention awards of $2,000 to high school senior children of AFSA members who are active duty, retired or deceased Foreign Service employees. AFSA uses the scholarship application, evaluation and management system called Community Force to manage this program (https://afsascholarships.communityforce.com/Login.aspx).
Academic Merit awards acknowledge the accomplishments of Foreign Service high school seniors at home and abroad. Winners are determined by scores given in the following categories: personal essay; extra-curricular activities; rigor of classes taken in high school; two letters of recommendation; standardized test scores; grade point average and any special circumstances. From this pool of applicants, an additional award is provided to the student who has written the most compelling essay.
Art Merit applicants apply only in one of the following categories: Creative Writing, Performing Arts, Musical Arts, or Visual Arts. One award at $3,500 is given and up to four honorable mention awards of $2,000 are made across all categories. Applicants submit an application, essay, two letters of recommendation, transcripts (to only verify a minimum 2.75 GPA) and their art submissions as described in each category.
Students may also apply to be considered for a Community Service Award for their volunteer activities in their local community. One $3,500 award and four $2,000 honorable mention awards will be given in 2019.
Volunteers from the Foreign Service community judge the winners. For AFSA membership information, call (202) 338-4045 or visit www.afsa.org/join.
Awards range from $3,000 to $5,000. Approximately 60 awards totaling about $220,000 are made each year. Eligible applicants include Foreign Service undergraduate college students entering their freshman, sophomore and junior years. Funding comes from AFSA Annual and Perpetual Scholarships, the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW), and DACOR Bacon House Foundation, trusts, and an AFSA Scholarship Fund Endowment withdrawal. Applications are handled by International Scholarship & Tuition Services (https://aim.applyists.net/).
Applicants are ranked according to the financial need of the family. Students with greater need receive higher awards. Not all applicants will receive awards.
AFSA Financial Aid awards are sent directly to the applicant's college or university. Awards are disbursed in two installments: August and December to coincide with the traditional fall and spring college semesters. AFSA scholarships are awarded to reduce loan and work study burdens. AFSA's policy does not allow its awards to reduce any school grants or school scholarships the student is receiving.
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