AFSA Scholarships

The AFSA Scholarship Program offers over $260,000 in college aid to 90 children of AFSA members whose parents are/were Foreign Service employees. We provide need-based, financial aid scholarships to undergraduates and academic merit awards, art merit awards, and a community service award to graduating high school seniors. The above activities could not happen without the generous bequests and donations from those in the Foreign Service community. No AFSA membership dues are used in the AFSA Scholarship Program. This robust AFSA member benefit has disbursed more than $4 million to 2,200 students in the last 25 years.

Applications Now Available!

The applications for: The one-time only Academic Merit, Art Merit and/or Community Service Award (for high school seniors graduating in 2018) or the renewable need-based AFSA Financial Aid Scholarship (for college undergraduates) are available.

AFSA Merit Aid application – click here
AFSA Financial Aid application – click here (when asked for a code, please use "AFSA")

The application deadline for all AFSA scholarships is March 29, 2018. See the Eligibility Criteria and Summary of Programs for more information. PLEASE NOTE that financial aid and merit aid applications go through different processes, so applicants must complete a separate application for each.

What Do I Need to Know?

The AFSA scholarship program is open to the children of Foreign Service employees whose parents must also be members of the American Foreign Service Association. The employee may be active-duty, retired, separated or deceased. Click here for additional eligibility criteria. AFSA offers aid to high school seniors who can compete for academic and art merit awards as well as a community service award; we also offer financial aid scholarships to tax-dependent undergraduates. For children of parents who are not in the Foreign Service, AFSA offers a high school essay contest - click here for further information on that program.

Our Award Recipients

We are very proud of our over 85 annual student recipients. Their achievements are as varied as they are, and we enjoy following their academic endeavors and careers once we have had the opportunity to honor them. What kinds of students receive AFSA awards and scholarships? Click below to see for yourself.

We strongly encourage any Foreign Service child to apply for AFSA's scholarships and awards. We are honored to recognize the leaders of tomorrow.

Want to Know More?

We are pleased to make some of our promotional materials available to you online if you wish to provide information on AFSA scholarships to colleagues at post, your retirement community, or wherever you may be. The materials we have available for your use are a scholarships postcard and a half-page advertisement. You may also find AFSA's collection of articles on education, excerpted from the semiannual education issue of The Foreign Service Journal, to be helpful.

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Scholarship Fund Photos

Rachel Silverman, one of our Merit Award Winners, with Gayle Nelson, representative of the Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield Federal Employee Program Award.

Some of the AFSA named Financial Aid Scholarship donors, family members and recipients who were present at the AFSA 2016 Scholarship Program Reception with Amb. Lange Schermerhorn (far left) and Amb. Barbara Stephenson (far right).

Karl Keat, one of our Merit Award Winners, having a discussion with members of the Foreign Service community.

Contact Us!

If you have any questions about AFSA's scholarships programs, or are interested in discussing ways to support it (through bequests, donations, etc.), please email