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AAFSW and other organizations offer a variety of scholarships, awards, and grants to recognize the achievements and support the work of Foreign Service family members and employees. To add to this list, contact webmaster@aafsw.org.

The Family Liaison Office of the Department of State also lists scholarships and grants that may be available to Foreign Service family members on this page.

Foreign Service Youth Educational Scholarships

Foreign Service Youth Community Service Awards

Foreign Service Youth Educational Scholarships

AFSA College Scholarship Program

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Scholarship Fund offers college scholarships for children of Foreign Service employees. The application deadline is in February of each year. Visit the AFSA website for for complete details. In summary, AFSA offers:

Financial aid scholarships for 4 years of undergraduate college study at a U.S. or overseas college. These need-based awards range from $1,500 to $3,500. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and be a full time student.

Read more about some recent awardees.

Academic and art merit awards for high school seniors only. These competitive awards of $1,500 reward achievement and are bestowed in May.

Unfortunately, grandchildren of FS employees are not eligible for these awards. For more information, contact, Lori Dec, AFSA Scholarship Director at dec@afsa.org or 1-800-704-2372 ext. 504.

DACOR Bacon House Foundation

Several scholarships and fellowships are available for children and grandchildren of Foreign Service officers, active or retired, for study at The Hotchkiss School and Yale University. These awards, sponsored by the DACOR Bacon House Foundation are made possible by a bequest of the late Ambassador Louis G. Dreyfus, Jr.

Hotchkiss selects one qualified enrolled student for a $5,000 scholarship. Applicants should contact the Director of Financial Aid, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT 06039-0800, providing evidence of a parent or grandparent’s Foreign Service status.

Awards of up to $10,000 are offered to Yale undergraduate and graduate students for tuition only. To apply, students should send a copy of the parent’s or grandparent’s most recent Foreign Service appointment or promotion document, a brief letter of interest with full contact information, a résumé, a copy of most recent transcripts, and one-page statement of academic goals to:

DACOR Bacon House Foundation
Attn: Ms. Brett Gold
1801 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

Applicants for graduate fellowships should include a page outlining career goals.
The deadline for applications is May 15th of each year. For more information, contact Ms. Brett Alison Gold at (202) 682-0500 x17 or bgold@dacorbacon.org.

Hallock Scholarship

Information on this award is currently being updated. You may visit the website at http://www.wna.org/

SDFCU College Scholarship

The State Department Federal Credit Union Annual Scholarship Program is for students are members of SDFCU and have completed 12 credit hours at a college or university. The competition runs annually from February to April. Applications can be picked up at any SDFCU branch or online at during those months.

Please visit http://www.sdfcu.org/youth/scholar.html for eligibility requirements, to download an application or find frequently asked questions. You may also call 800.296.8882.

Foreign Service Youth Community Service Awards

The Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) is offering U.S Foreign Service children an opportunity to showcase their talents, accomplishments and unique perspectives by entering the following contests. All deadlines fall in April of each year. Please visit www.fsyf.org for updated contest information.

Art Contest

Sponsored by State Department Federal Credit Union, this contest challenges teens to create art in any flat medium based on the 2011 theme “An American In…” Nine winners (three in each of three age categories) will receive prizes ranging from $100 to $500.

Community Service Award

Sponsored by Clements International, this contest honors youth who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer efforts at home or abroad in community service or in service to their peers. Two winners will each receive a $1,500 U.S. savings bond.

Environment Contest

Sponsored by the Cultural Center for Interchange (CCI), this contest challenges Foreign Service youth to create an Earth Day themed event at your school, local community center, or outdoors in a nature setting. Invite one local environmental expert to speak about your chosen environmental issue. Send a summary (no more than 500 words) of the event, along with five photos. Three winners will each receive a cash prize of $500.

Essay Contest

Sponsored by McGrath Real Estate Services, this contest challenges middle and high school students to answer this question in 1,000 words or less: “You are a Youth Ambassador, given the task of choosing one issue/problem you would focus on for improving the life of youth in the current country you live in (U.S. can apply too). What would your focus issue be and how would you convince others that this is an important issue to tackle and prioritize, given there are so many problems/issues that need attention?” Four winners will receive prizes ranging from $100 to $750.

KidVid Contest

Co-sponsored by Peake Management and Diplomatic Automobile Sales. Organized by the Overseas Briefing Center, this contest challenges Foreign Service youth ages 10-18 to produce a DVD about life at an overseas post from a kid’s perspective. $1,000 in prize money will be divided among all winners.

Winners are recognized at the annual Youth Awards Ceremony at the Department of State in July. Complete announcements, rules, and entry forms are available at www.fsyf.org. Email fsyf@fsyf.org or call (703) 731-2960 with questions.

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