AAFSW’s Annual Youth Merit Scholarships


Download the scholarship forms here:

  • AAFSW’s Merit Scholarships: Current college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors continuing college are eligible for this scholarship. Two scholarships are available for $2,500 each. Students’ parents must be members of AAFSW.

  • AAFSW’s Twice Exceptional Merit Scholarship: Rewards academic excellence for high school seniors and/or college students who have shown resilience and have academically overcome adversity due to special needs. The AAFSW Merit Scholarship is meant for high school seniors and/or college students who already have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). a 504, or an equivalent program in place. Two scholarships are available for $2,500 each.

  • All applicants are considered for the Best Essay Scholarship. (Note: You must apply for a merit scholarship in order to be eligible for the Best Essay Scholarship.) One scholarship is available for $1,000. 

  • The AAFSW Judy Felt Memorial Volunteerism Scholarship: This scholarship is open to all students applying for the AAFSW Merit Scholarship for College Students and the AAFSW Twice-Exceptional Merit Scholarship.  Students who submit an application for the AAFSW Merit Scholarship or the Twice Exceptional Scholarship are automatically considered for the Judy Felt Scholarship. 

  • AAFSW Best Essay Scholarship: All AAFSW Applicants to one of the scholarships are eligible for this prize. One scholarship is available for $1,000. 

If you have any questions, contact office@aafsw.org or 703-820- 5420.

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Several 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. The Family Liaison Office of the Department of State offers a comprehensive list of scholarships and grants that may be available to Foreign Service family members on this page.

American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) College Scholarship Program
Foreign Service Youth Foundation Contests and Awards



In Their Own Words …

As a sophomore studio art major at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, I plan to use the scholarship to pay for my many required and expensive art supplies. I am a strong believer in the power of the arts.  Art is essential to the society because it touches every part of the world. To me art is important because it has been a source of comfort, a stress relief, and a representation of my friendships around the world. 

Benjamin “Pins” Leese, 2021 scholarship awardee