FRA is proud to support America�s future leaders by awarding more than $100,000 annually in scholarships to deserving students. Awardees are selected based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities. FRA scholarships are awarded to FRA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren.
FRA makes scholarship applications available from 1 September thru 15 April each year for the following school year. Scholarship deadline: APPLICATIONS POSTMARKED LATER THAN 15 APRIL will not be considered.
All applicants are considered for any scholarship the FRA is able to offer during a specific year, provided the applicant meets the eligibility requirement for the award (based on the desires of the donor).
Applicants are encouraged to be attentive to detail and complete all portions of the application.
Scholarship recipients are notified in writing and by telephone. FRA only notifies the applicants who have been selected to receive a scholarship. FRA awards the following scholarships each year:
The FRA Scholarship
One award of $5,000.
Colonel Hazel Elizabeth Benn, USMC Scholarship
Provides scholarships of $2,000 for unmarried dependent children of persons who have served or are now serving in the United States Navy as enlisted medical personnel assigned to and serving with the United States Marine Corps.
The Schuyler S. Pyle Scholarship
One award of $5,000.
The Robert W. Nolan Emeritus Scholarship
Three separate awards of $5,000 each. Preference is given to applicants enrolled in courses of study at the post-graduate (masters/doctorate) level.
The Stanley A. Doran Memorial Scholarship
One award; amount varies from year to year. Only children of FRA members in good standing are eligible for this award.
Corporate Sponsored Scholarships
FRA�s affinity partners join us in supporting higher education. Each year FRA is able to award numerous scholarships through the generosity of our corporate partners.
All scholarship monies donated to the FRA are given to students in the form of scholarships. No part of any donation received is used for scholarship administration.
The Walter E. Beall Scholarship
FRA's Past Regional Presidents administer a scholarship for students who aspire to further their education in aeronautical engineering or pursue aviation-oriented degrees. These scholarships are derived from the estate of Past Regional President Southeast Walter Beall. Applications for the Walter E. Beall Scholarships are available by writing to: Walter E. Beall Scholarship, 4911 Fennell Court, Suffolk, VA 23435, Attn: W. R. Holcombe. Requests can also be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for the Beall Scholarship must be sent to the above address and be postmarked no later than 15 April. For more details visit www.walterbeallscholarship.org.
The LA FRA Scholarships
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA) also sponsors an annual scholarship program. Applications for FRA scholarships can be used to apply for LA FRA scholarships; however applicants who apply for both FRA and LA FRA awards must submit separate application packages. (All applicants must check the FRA or LA FRA scholarship box on Part A of the application and address the package to the appropriate organization. Never check both boxes or your application may be disqualified.) See www.la-fra.org.
Branch and Unit Awards
Check with your local FRA branch or LA FRA unit to see if they sponsor a local scholarship program.
Each year, the Scholarship Selection Committee must disqualify many worthy applicants because they (or their parents/sponsors) fail to complete the application properly. The committee encourages all applicants to review the application thoroughly and complete all portions.
Some common reasons applications are rejected include:
1. Applicants fail to read and follow the rules cited on Page 1 Part A or follow the Instructions cited on Page 1 Part B.
2. Sponsors/parents/heads of household/applicants do not complete the financial portion of the application, or the information is obviously inaccurate. Common errors include crossing out the entire page and/or writing �Not Applicable� on it. Financial need is a selection criterion for many FRA and LA FRA scholarships.
3. Applicants fail to provide the FRA/LA FRA membership information requested, i.e. sponsor�s name, FRA status, and dependent status.
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