Money for college only an essay away

by Marissa-Ellen Patterson
86th Force Support Squadron marketing assistant

Every year, Air Force services gives away $25,000 in scholarship money for higher education. All eligible club members and their families are encouraged to compete for the funds through a themed essay entry.

The Air Force Services Club Membership Scholarship Program is a member-only program introduced to assist the club members and their family members defray the cost of higher education.

This is one of the many club membership benefits. To participate you must be a current Air Force club member or dependent family member (spouse, son, daughter, stepson or stepdaughter) who have been accepted by or enrolled in an accredited college or university for entry during the fall term as a part-time or full-time student.

Authorized individuals must provide a one page 500 words or less essay on the selected topic: “My contribution(s) to the Air Force.” It should be submitted on a CD along with an entry form. The CD must include the participant’s name, the date and the word count.

Entry forms are available at the Ramstein Enlisted and Officers’ clubs or at

Complete the entry form and provide a current college/university acceptance letter for new students or official transcripts for those already enrolled.

The club scholarship is for $25,000. Twenty-five winners are selected and each
winner receives a $1,000 award.

If selected, winners must provide HQ AFSVA/SVOF information necessary to electronically transfer the funds to their bank account. No checks will be issued.
All scholarship packages must be hand carried and turned in to the enlisted or officers’ clubs by July 1. Mailed entries directly from applicant will be discarded.
The winners will be announced Sept. 16, and scholarship awards will be posted to your financial institution account soon after this date.

To find out more information on club membership and the benefits of being a club member, contact the Ramstein Enlisted Club at 480-2333 or the Ramstein Officers’ Club at 480-2824, or find out more details online at