These are challenging times.
Every day, young men and women risk their lives to protect and defend
our Nation. But all too often, they leave the military with skills not
needed in the public sector workforce, or have sustained injuries to
prevent them from pursuing the career for which they were trained. This
is reflected in startling statistics: the national unemployment rate is
9.8 percent, and for veterans it is over 11.3 percent.
FRA believes that educating our
service members and veterans is an important duty, and has been an
outspoken advocate for enhanced education benefits for many years. For
example, FRA was instrumental in ensuring the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit
was available to military personnel who previously had no education
benefits and allowed transferability of benefits to family members of
career service members.
FRA's Education Foundation
scholarship program has also been helping deserving students reach their
educational and professional goals for decades, presenting annual awards
of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing college and
graduate degrees. Thanks to the generosity of our members, legacy
gifts and corporate sponsors, the scope of the program has grown
substantially since 2000; increasing the number of recipients by more
than 50 percent and boosting the monetary value of the awards by more
than 260 percent. Just since 2000, the FRA scholarship program has
provided over 200 scholarships totaling more than $850,000.
We recognize more is needed to
ensure that our Nation’s military, and their families, are
afforded an education that will benefit their future – and that of
our country. The Foundation is an important step in growing this
The FRA Education
Foundation makes scholarships available to eligible*
full-time students who are U.S. citizens attending accredited
colleges and universities in the United States.
*Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel and their families
are eligible for FRA Education Foundation scholarships.
The applications are posted at
the bottom of this page in pdf files.
Foundation makes scholarship applications available
(see bottom of the page) from 1 September thru 15 April each
year for the following school year. Scholarship deadline: APPLICATIONS
AND DOCUMENTS 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).
Scholarship recipients are
notified in writing and by telephone. FRA only notifies the applicants
who have been selected to receive a scholarship.
Have questions about FRA
Education Foundation scholarships? E-mail Marylin Smith and have
your questions answered.
The Colonel Hazel Elizabeth Benn Scholarship
The FRA Education Foundation offers a special scholarship for
unmarried, dependent children of past and present enlisted Navy medical
personnel who have served with the Marine Corps. The Benn Scholarship
was established by Benn’s estate to honor the memory of one of the
first active-duty female Marines selected for the permanent rank of
colonel. Benn led the Educational Services Branch of the Marine Corps
and worked tirelessly to increase the potential for Marine Corps
personnel to pursue college degrees. The Benn Scholarship is available
to qualified applicants entering their freshman or sophomore year of
college and the deadline to apply for this scholarship is April
Other scholarship programs related to FRA are:
The Walter E. Beall
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
Applications for the Beall Scholarship must be sent to the above address
and be postmarked no later than 15 April. Visit www.walterbeallscholarship.org
The LA FRA
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA)
also sponsors an annual scholarship program. The application is posted
at the bottom of this page in pdf file. Applicants who wish to be
considered for both FRA and LA FRA awards must submit separate
Benn Scholarship Application (Adobe PDF File)
FRA Member Scholarship Application (Adobe PDF File)
FRA Non-Member Scholarship Application (Adobe PDF File)
LA FRA Member Application (Adobe PDF File)