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Scholarships, Financial Aid and Student Internships

A cautionary note: Be wary of scholarship scams. Do not pay money to compete for a scholarship unless you are confident in the source. Read about and report scams on the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information website.

Scholarships for Eligible Family Members

  • American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Merit Awards and Financial Aid ScholarshipsThe AFSA Scholarship Program provides children of Foreign Service employees need-based, financial aid scholarships (for undergraduate study) and one-time only academic and art merit scholarships (for high school seniors). The Scholarship Fund grows primarily through individual and organization support and depends on how its portfolio investments are performing. All donations to the AFSA Scholarship Fund are tax-deductible and are acknowledged upon receipt. On average, AFSA awards aid to approximately 90-100 Foreign Service children totaling over $200,000 a year. Awards range from $500 - $2,000. Applications are available beginning November 15 and the deadline is February 6. Visit AFSA's web page for complete details or contact or (202) 388-4045, ext. 504.
  • DACOR Bacon House Foundation Dreyfus Fellowship Awards - For students enrolled at Yale University who are children of a Foreign Service employee, active or retired. Email or call (202) 682-0500 or (800) 344-9127.
  • The Foreign Service Youth Foundation Awards and Scholarships - Visit the FSYF website for details.  
  • Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA)FEEA sponsors the only merit-based scholarship competition program open exclusively to federal employees, their spouses, and their children--rewarding hard workers through its merit-based program. Applications are available January - March each year. This program awards more than 400 students from across 27 regions. Contestants will win scholarships ranging from $500 to $7,000. Further information can be found on the FEEA website.
  • S. Pinkney Tuck Scholarship at Dartmouth College - Children or grandchildren of Foreign Service personnel are given priority for this scholarship. However, it is based on financial need and would be offered if selected through the regular application process.
  • Need-based Scholarship at Yale - Children of Foreign Service personnel may qualify for the need-based scholarship at Yale, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. Kinney. Apply to the Director of Financial Aid by email or by phone (203) 432-0360.
  • The Polly Richardson Lukens Memorial Scholarship and the Gilan Scholarship - Daughters of Foreign Service personnel may qualify for the Polly Richardson Lukens Memorial Scholarship and the Gilan Scholarship (preference given for freshman) awards, based on financial need at Vassar College. Apply to or call (845) 437-7547.
  • State Department Federal Credit Union (SDFCU) Members'  Scholarships - Are available for need-based, currently enrolled students. Email the Scholarship Coordinator at or call (703) 706-5019. Applications available in February. Visit the SDFCU website for more information. 

More Scholarship Information

Scholarship Search Engines, Databases, Tips and Advice

  • FastWeb - the largest free scholarship search engine. Includes a college search as well.
  • Scholarship Database - A free and comprehensive scholarship database from various sources (such as universities, research organizations) all over the world.
  • Scholarship Experts - A free and comprehensive scholarship database that is very highly rated. They are affiliated with another website which assists students with searching for colleges.
  • - Scholarship search engine.
  • Scholarship America - Tips and advice on scholarship applications.

ROTC programs

Programs for Financing a College Education

  • Americorps - a service program, which will help pay off future or current student loans in exchange for community service.
  • Maryland Prepaid College Trust - information accessed through their website or by phone (888) 463-4723.
  • Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST) - information on various Commonwealth of Virginia plans including, Virginia College Savings Plan, Prepaid Education Program (VPEP), and the Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST). NOTE: The VEST plan is available to all U.S. citizens or resident aliens, and does not restrict use of the funds to a Virginia school. For questions or to request a folder of information, call their toll free number (888) 567-0540 or (804) 786-0719.

Financial Aid Information

Note for Financial Aid: It is essential that parents file all the required financial assistance materials by the deadline posted for each individual college. A family must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for financial assistance. It is recommended that parents file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. Some colleges also require the CSS Profile. CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is the financial aid application service of the College Board. Students accepted at or currently enrolled at a university or college should check with the institution's Financial Aid Office to learn more.

Student Internships

  • - The Federal Government has taken steps to help students and recent graduates join the Federal Service. New opportunities will appear on the usajobs website as agencies post them. 
  • Student Internships at the Department of State - Student Programs enable students to obtain job experience in a foreign affairs environment. Some students work in Washington, D.C., while others have the opportunity to work at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
  • Rising Star Internships - Internship search engine.

Internships Programs that Offer Tuition Assistance

These agencies offer a range of undergraduate, graduate, summer, and internship programs. Generally they pay costs toward tuition, offer a salary, and expect you to commit to employment with them for a number of years after completing a four year college program or graduate school at the university of your choice. They are needs based awards but not dependent upon parents being in government employment. Contact them directly for more information. Look under the employment section of these web sites.

Tax Information

IRS Helpline - (800) 829-1040. You can download forms and information on the IRS website: Tax Benefits for Higher Education, publication 970.

FLO Web links for College and Beyond

College and Beyond 
Educational Travel Allowance 
A Guide to Obtaining a Driver's License in the Washington Area 
When a Child Becomes an Adult


Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
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