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AFSA Scholarship Programs

AFSA-IRS currently administers two scholarship programs, the Frank L. Smith College AFSA Scholarship and the James Howe Scholarship.  While the two programs are similar, there are significant differences, including qualifications and application procedures.  Qualified applicants may apply for both scholarships, but may be awarded only one scholarship per year.  Applicants will only be considered for 4 years of undergraduate work and graduate work potential awards will be limited to the number of expected years for a full time student to obtain the degree.  Multiple degrees sought at the same level will not be considered.  Certified Transcripts/references/letters of recommendation for the scholarships MAY be photocopied by the candidate, and placed with the applicable application for consideration for both.  AFSA is NOT responsible for doing this, nor will this office do it for the candidate.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to submit complete packages, and to follow up on requests for transcripts and letters and to ensure they are submitted to AFSA. It is the sponsor/member’s responsibility to review and sign the application, meaning the sponsor has reviewed the package(s), the package(s) is/are complete, and that they are, in fact, sponsoring the candidate.  The criteria has changed, actually expanded for the Frank L. Smith AFSA Scholarship to now include nieces and nephews of members, and also graduating seniors from high school.  Applications may be submitted to AFSA after April 1.

Frank L. Smith AFSA College Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY

 

Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews of current (approved) Members

DATE FOR APPLYING

Applications must be in possession of the Executive Director of AFSA by May 1st of each year, regardless of mail delays, holidays, Sundays, etc., and may be submitted after April 1.  

 

AFSA-IRS offers an annual college scholarship for children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews of its members.  Each applicant must have a member/sponsor and a member/sponsor may sponsor only one applicant per year.  Each applicant can apply every year that they are eligible. The $2,000 annual scholarship is available to those college students who are ultimately pursuing at least a 4-year degree and qualify under the actual criteria listed in the "Qualified Applicants" section below. Applicants must submit the application form together with a personal letter outlining the career you plan to pursue after graduation and why you believe you should be awarded the AFSA Scholarship. Letters of reference and recommendation must be sent to the Executive Director, AFSA, as well as a certified transcript and a certification by the sponsoring AFSA member that the application package is complete. The AFSA Scholarship Committee will review the applications and recommend the annual scholarship award recipient(s) to the Board for selection.  Updated certified transcripts must be in this office no later than May 20 to be considered, regardless of what day May 20 is.  All costs of applying are strictly the responsibility of the applicant.

 

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The Frank L. Smith AFSA College Scholarship program was established to provide funds for a scholarship to qualified children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews of current (approved) members of the Association.  Funds for the program are funded entirely by donations and interest earned on the account.

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

The applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States and the son, daughter, grandchild, great grandchild, niece or nephew of an active (approved) AFSA member, including a member who may have passed away before  May 1 but would be considered active if the member was current in dues for the application year;
  2. Be a full-time student at an accredited two-year or four year college or university; or a graduating senior from high school.
  3. Be a candidate for a major leading to an associate’s degree, a four-year undergraduate degree, or advanced degree and have a 3.0 overall grade point average;
  4. Be a graduating senior at an accredited high school or have completed at least one full academic semester of college work at an accredited college or university; and,
  5. Submit the completed application (Scholarship Application), and have the following items forwarded to the Executive Director, AFSA:

a)    Certified current college transcript, or a certified high school transcript if currently a graduating senior,  with application and package by May 1, and an updated, if desired, certified transcript no later than May 20

b)    Two letters of recommendation from instructors or professors familiar with the applicant

c)     Two letters of personal reference (no former teachers) from persons who can attest to your character

d)    Personal essay of a maximum of two pages outlining why they chose their field of study and the career they hope to pursue after graduation as part of the package, as well as accomplishments, leadership skills, community and civic service. 

e)    Certification on the application that the sponsoring AFSA member has reviewed the application package and it is correct.

  1. Some of the criteria upon which the applicant is evaluated are:

a)    Work record – after/during school – both high school and college

b)    Quality of Application & reference letters

c)     Extra Curricular activities – Boy/Girl Scouts, Civic Assoc., Campus Org., Volunteer work – both high school & college

d)    Timeliness, including that of reference and recommendation letters, transcripts and the application itself, which is the responsibility of the applicant. Late applications or portions thereof, will not be considered in the evaluation process.

AMOUNT OF BENEFIT

The amount of $2,000 will be paid directly to the institution on the recipient's behalf. The award is to be used only for books, supplies, tuition, etc.

APPLICATION

Applications are available using the link above. They must be received by the Executive Director, AFSA by mail by May 1 of the award year to be considered at:

 

Executive Director, AFSA-IRS
P.O. Box 761869
San Antonio, Tx. 78245

 

The award recipient will be notified and the award will be mailed directly to the institution on the recipient's behalf.

DONATIONS

Anyone may make donations to the AFSA for the Scholarship Fund. Click on the "Donate" Button Below.

 

OR

George F. Meyer, Jr., AFSA Treasurer
P.O. Box 2841
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004

 

James F. Howe, Sr. Memorial AFSA Scholarship

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews of current (approved) Members

 

DATE FOR APPLYING

 

Applications must be in possession of the Executive Director of AFSA by May 1st of each year, regardless of mail delays, holidays, Sundays, etc. and not before April 1.  

 

AFSA-IRS offers an annual college scholarship for children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews of its members.  Each applicant must have a member/sponsor and a member/sponsor may sponsor only one applicant per year.  Each applicant can apply every year that they are eligible. The $2,000 annual scholarship is available to those college students who are ultimately pursuing at least a 4-year degree and qualify under the actual criteria  listed in the "Qualified Applicants" section below. Applicants must submit the application form together with a personal letter outlining the career you plan to pursue after graduation and why you believe you should be awarded the AFSA Scholarship. Letters of reference and recommendation must also be forwarded to the AFSA Executive Director as well as a certified transcript and a certification by the sponsoring AFSA member that the application package is complete. The AFSA Scholarship Committee will review the applications and recommend the annual scholarship award recipient(s) to the Board for selection.  Updated certified transcripts must be in this office no later than May 20 to be considered, regardless of what day May 20 is.  All costs of applying are strictly the responsibility of the applicant.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The James F. Howe, Sr. Memorial Scholarship program was established and funded by William R. Shroeder, President of Madison Associates, Inc. to provide funds for a scholarship to qualified children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews of current (approved) members of the Association in the memory and honor of James F. Howe, Sr., an AFSA member and Madison Associates employee, and the character, integrity and dedication he exemplified, to memorialize his high standards as a model for those who follow him in law enforcement careers.  The program is funded entirely by donation from Madison Associates and interest earned on the account and administered by AFSA.

 

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

The applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States and the son, daughter, grandchild, great grandchild, niece or nephew of an active (approved) AFSA member, including a member who may have passed away before  May 1 but would be considered active if the member was current in dues for the application year;
    1. Be a full time student at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university and be a declared law enforcement major, or in the profession attending school full time for related classes, or be in a major that can lead to a law enforcement career.
    2. Be a candidate for a major leading to an associate’s degree, a four-year undergraduate degree, or advanced degree and have a 3.0 overall grade point average;
    3. Have completed at least one full academic semester of college work at an accredited college or university; and,
    4. Submit the completed application (JFHowe Scholarship Application ), and forward the following to AFSA Executive Director:

a)  Certified current college transcript May 1, and an updated certified transcript, if desired, no later than May 15

b)  Two letters of recommendation from instructors or professors familiar with the applicant 

c)   Two letters of personal reference (no former teachers) from persons who can attest to your character

d)  Personal essay of a maximum of two pages outlining why they chose their field of study and the career they hope to pursue after graduation, and why, as part of the package, as well as accomplishments, leadership skills, community and civic service and accomplishments. 

e)  Certification on the application that the sponsoring AFSA member has reviewed the application package and it is correct as part of the application.

  1. Some of the criteria upon which the applicant is evaluated are:

a)  Work record – after/during school – both high school and college

b)  Quality of Application & reference letters

c)   Extra Curricular activities – Boy/Girl Scouts, Civic Assoc., Campus Org., Volunteer work – both high school & college

d)  Timeliness, including that of reference and recommendation letters, transcripts and the application itself, which is the responsibility of the applicant. Late applications or portions thereof, will not be considered in the evaluation process.

AMOUNT OF BENEFIT

The amount of $2,000 will be paid directly to the institution on the recipient's behalf. The award is to be used only for books, supplies, tuition, etc.

APPLICATION

Applications are available using the link above. They must be received by the Executive Director, AFSA by mail by May 1 of the award year to be considered at:

 

Executive Director, AFSA-IRS
P.O. Box 761869
San Antonio, TX 78245

 

The award recipient will be notified and the award will be mailed directly to the institution on the recipient's behalf.