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Eleni Smitham receives

the BlueCross BlueShield

Federal Employee Program

Scholarship at AFSA’s

annual Merit Awards

ceremony in May. (AFSA/

Brittany Delong)

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE COMMUNITY GIVES BACK

THROUGH AFSA SCHOLARSHIPS

The AFSA Scholarship Program has benefited Foreign Service

children since 1926. In the last 25 years alone, it has provided

2,200 students with more than $4 million in college aid. The

program delivers need-based, financial aid scholarships to

undergraduates and a community service and academic and art

merit awards to graduating high school seniors.

In 2015, the program bestowed $263,000 on 84 recipients—the

largest outlay of scholarship funds in its history and a

9-percent increase over the previous year.

The aid would not be possible without generous bequests and

donations from those in the Foreign Service community. In

A

ugust, Tracy McMackle established the Joshua Lane-Holman McMackle Memorial Scholarship in memory of her late son.

In March, the late

Linda K. Fitzgerald

bequeathed $950,000—

the largest single amount ever—to the AFSA Scholarship Fund,

bringing the total endowment to $7 million. That endowment

generates roughly $300,000 each year, enabling AFSA to give

out $263,000 in scholarships. The remaining money goes to

the overhead costs of administering the scholarship program,

which does not use AFSA dues.

$7

million

TOTAL ENDOWMENT

OF THE AFSA

SCHOLARSHIP FUND

TO DATE