ACTION MEMO FOR ALL AAS AND SW AREA AND REGION COMMANDERS AND PRESIDENTS

SUBJECT: 2017-18 Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings Academic Scholarship Guidance

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Following provides information on our 2017-2018 academic scholarship program.  Commanders and Presidents are directed to distribute this information to all AAS/SW members using all possible methods.  The objective is 100% contact with every eligible cadet and Silver Wings civilian.

DANIEL P. WOODWARD

Brig Gen, USAF (Retired)

Co-Executive Director, Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings

202-999-5173

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Background: Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings is accepting applications for our 2017-2018 Academic Scholarship Program.  Funding is provided by the generous contributions of the Airlift Tanker Association, the George and Vicki Muellner Foundation and the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings Board of Trustees.  Fully compliant applications (please see attached "lessons Learned Memo for helpful tips" must be received by the AAS/SW Executive Management Center at mgmt.center@arnold-air.org by midnight eastern time on 15 Nov 2017.

NOTE 1: Applicants agree to release their essay to the Airlift/Tanker Quarterly if selected by the selection board for publication.

NOTE 2: Applicants selected for a scholarship agree to provide a photo of themselves either individually or during award presentation upon request.

NOTE 3: Applicants selected for a scholarship agree to provide a note of thanks to the appropriate sponsor via e-mail upon request.

Scholarship Values:

·    One NATCON Scholarship courtesy of 2016-2017 SW National Staff (Held by ASEF)
·    Two NATCON Scholarships courtesy of 2016-2017 SW National Staff (Held by AAS/SW)

Eligibility: Non-graduating AS200, AS300 and AS400 Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings cadets may apply.  Silver Wings civilian sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors may apply.  "Non-graduating" is defined as a student graduating 31 December 2017 or later. A student graduating before 31 December 2017 may not apply. 

Financial Need:  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  The selection committee will rely on the information provided in the application.

Grade Point Average: Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a scale of 4.0 or equivalent.

Nominations by the Detachment Commander:  Each AFROTC Detachment Commander may nominate one (1) member of the AAS Squadron from each eligible academic class and one (1) member of the SW Chapter from each eligible academic class to the AAS/SW Executive Management Center (EMC).  NOTE: This means a Detachment Commander may nominate as many as six individuals (3 x Cadets (AS 200 through 400) and 3 x SW Civilians (Sophomore through Senior).

Submission: Nominations and essays must be e-mailed to the AAS/SW EMC NLT midnight eastern time 15 November 2017 at mgmt.center@arnold-air.org.

Selection: The EMC will distribute the nomination packages to the Scholarship Committee, which will select the top candidates to receive scholarships.  Applicants may expect results in late January.

Application Process: There are two submittal elements required to apply:

Judging Criteria:  All applicants’ packages will be reviewed and evaluated according to the following allocation of 100 points:

80 POINTS - Essay and bibliography allocated as follows: 

•    (40 Points) Content and strength of supporting arguments/statements

•    (25 Points) Originality of thought/argument

•    (10 Points) Conformation with accepted English composition and bibliographic standards (this includes grammar, punctuation, grammatical structures, etc.)

•    (5 Points) Conformance with formatting instructions

 20 POINTS - Scholarship Application

•    (10 Points) Demonstration of Leadership and Service

•    (10 Points) Demonstration of Financial Need

Presentation of Awards:  The AAS-SW Executive Director will notify Detachment Commanders of the winning entries.  Arrangements will be made to ensure Commanders may present scholarships to recipients during a leadership lab or other suitable venue.  Another presentation will be made at the National Conclave.  The full registration amount for the National Conclave will be withheld from each scholarship with a dollar amount to help defray student expenses associated with attending the Conclave. If a student does not choose to attend the Conclave, the free Conclave Registration will be distributed to other students attending with a financial need.

NOTE: Submission of an application package also means the scholarship candidate agrees to allow AAS/SW to release suitable Essay's for publication.

NOTE: Scholarship recipients agree to provide a short statement of thanks to the donor responsible for their scholarship, once they are notified of their award (EMC will coordinate). 

NOTE: Scholarship recipients agree to provide a photograph of themselves to be provided to the donor responsible for the scholarship upon request by the EMC. 

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 ELEMENT ONE:  THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

NOTE: THIS APPLICATION MUST BE TYPED AS A WORD DOCUMENT ATTACHED TO THE E-MAIL SUBMISSION ALONG WITH THE ESSAY.  SCANNED HANDWRITTEN SUBMISSIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.  THIS APPLICATION HAS THREE MANDATORY SECTIONS AND ONE OPTIONAL SECTION.

SECTION 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION (NO POINT VALUE)

FULL NAME: 

EMAIL ADDRESS: 

TELEPHONE (Best # to reach you): 

DET COMMANDER NAME/RANK: 

DET COMMANDER EMAIL ADDRESS: 

DET COMMANDER PHONE: 

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: 

CADET  (IF AAS) Level:      200      300      400                  

GRADE (IF SILVER WINGS) Level: Sophomore    Junior  Senior

AFROTC SCHOLARSHIP Level:  N/A        PARTIAL       FULL              

AAS/SW SQUADRON OR CHAPTER NAME: 

ANTICIPATED GRADUATION DATE: 

COLLEGE MAJOR: 

CUMULATIVE GPA/SCALE: 

SECTION 2 - DEMONSTRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE: (10 points)

Please list in bullet format AAS/SW leadership positions held:

Please list in bullet format other campus and community involvement:

Please list in bullet format any awards and recognition received in college:

SECTION 3 - FINANCIAL NEED: (10 points)

Please list in bullet format your employment experience and dates of employment:

Please list in bullet format your past and current academic scholarships, amount and effective dates:

Please list in bullet format total tuition, room and board expenses: 

WRITTEN STATEMENT OF YOUR NEED (Are there special considerations that should be taken into account for your needs; e.g., multiple siblings in college)? 

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Applicant Signature                                                                

I have reviewed the information being submitted.

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Detachment Commander

SECTION FOUR - OPTIONAL DETACHMENT COMMANDER COMMENTS

The PAS may use this page to provide a recommendation or further information on the candidate as part of this application.  The page does not need to be shared with the student applicant and is optional. 

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ELEMENT TWO: THE ESSAY

Essay Requirements:  Applicants will write a 3-page essay on one of the following topics: 

General Guidance:  The essay must focus on the contributions of the selected topic and provide a strong supporting argument or evidence why it is significant.  Standard English grammar, spelling and language structure is required.  Acronyms must be spelled out on the first use after which the acronym may be used. The essay must provide a statement of the topic and supporting information substantiated by a formal bibliography.  The essay should be sourced in accordance with MLA or APA format. NOTE: The bibliography is in addition to the 3-page essay limitation. 

Format: The paper must be double spaced, with 1-inch margins.  The font for all text will be Times New Roman, 12 point.

Air Mobility Topical Guidance: Applicants will write a 3-page essay on an individual, event, campaign, innovative equipment, organization or any subject involved in air mobility that has made significant contributions to the history and/or technical advancement of the Air Force and Air Power.  This may include heroism, flying, ground and en-route operations, the advancement of mobility theory and doctrine, commercial aviation, aircraft and equipment engineering and design.

Impact of Technology on Today’s Air Operations Topical Guidance: Applicants will write a 3-page essay on a selected technology area or specific technology relating its impact on today’s air operations.

Essay General Topical Guidance (Air Mobility): The following are some general thought/hints on essay topic selection.  For Air Mobility Topics it is difficult to precisely define what constitutes a “significant contribution”’ but it typically involves some element of personal sacrifice, courage or risk, major campaign or operation, and innovation.  The following are some examples (not directive) that show the breadth of people, events and issues that are part of the spectrum of responsibility of air mobility.

NOTE: Unacceptable Air Mobility topics include: the Berlin Airlift, Flying the Hump in World War II, or aerial refueling.  These subjects have been thoroughly covered in prior years’ competitions. 

Essay General Topical Guidance (Technology):  For the Impact of Technology Topics the selected technology (or technology family, e.g. “radar”) must be concretely tied to modern air operations.  These are not limited to aircraft themselves but rather encompass the broad range of support to and execution of air operations.

Bibliography: A variety of source materials and citations are recommended, e.g., pure “Wikipedia” and “Air Force Fact Sheets” citations as source material are not acceptable.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Compliance Checklist: Following is a brief checklist for student and detachment use to help ensue a compliant application and avoid administrative disqualification.  It should not be submitted with the application and is for internal detachment use only.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS                                                                 

___ Applicant is member of AAS or SW in good standing (i.e., dues paid)

___ AAS Squadron or SW Chapter is in good standing

___ Applicant has GPA of 2.5 or above

___ Applicant is an AS 200, 300 or 400) or a Silver Wings sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior (Graduates on or after Dec 2017)

APPLICATION PACKAGE ELEMENTS

___ Essay (reference detailed requirements & guidelines in package) 

___ Maximum 3 pages plus Bibliography

___ Topic (in one of the following two categories)

___ Airlift Related

            ___ If Airlift Related, topic is not on the “not acceptable" list

___ Impact of Technology in Today’s Air Operations

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The file below is compiled feedback from the past few years of essay submissions and can help you as you write yours.

academic_scholarships_writing_tips.docx