FRA Education Foundation Launches 2012-2013 Scholarship Season

FRAEFAlexandria, VA – As most students are beginning their academic year, the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Education Foundation is also gearing up for its 2012-2013 season. September marks the beginning of the Foundation’s scholarship year, when applications for 2013 awards become available at www.fra.org/foundation. By partnering with military and education professionals, the Foundation promotes life-long learning opportunities that help scholars reach their educational, professional and personal goals.

This launch also coincides with the beginning of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the only authorized solicitation of federal employees on behalf of approved 501(c)3 charitable organizations. As a newly-approved CFC charity (Code #80236), information on the Foundation will be available at some local CFC Kick-Off events to help expand program awareness.

To be eligible for FRA Education Foundation awards, applicants must be affiliated with the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, either through their own service or that of a spouse, parent or grandparent. Foundation scholarships of up to $5,000 are funded through private donations, established trusts and corporate sponsorships, and recipients are selected based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities.  Members of the FRA and their family members qualify for a broader range of scholarships, several of which are funded through member legacy donations.

“The FRA Education Foundation was established in 2009 in an effort to expand FRA’s scholarship program,” explained Joe Barnes, FRA’s national executive director and member of the FRA Education Foundation Board of Directors, “and thanks to the generous support of our members, corporate sponsors and other donors, we’re providing more financial support to deserving students each year. We are extremely proud of our low administrative costs and our ability to present $128,000 to 28 scholars in 2012. We’re also pleased to have met the CFC’s stringent standards for participation and look forward to expanding awareness and support for our scholarship program through the CFC.”

Donations to the FRA Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are welcome from individuals, organizations and businesses, and are tax deductible. Contributions can be made during the 2012 CFC, which runs September through December, using Charity Code #80236. FRA members can also donate to the Education Foundation online at www.fra.org/support and information about the scholarship program, including application forms, is available at www.fra.org/foundation. The deadline to apply for 2012-2013 Foundation scholarships is April 15, 2013.

The FRA Education Foundation

The FRA Education Foundation provides academic scholarships to deserving students based on financial need, academic standing, and demonstrated leadership qualities. The Foundation is a 2012 Combined Federal Campaign-authorized charity and partners with military and education professionals to promote life-long learning opportunities that help scholars reach their educational, professional and personal goals.  To learn more, visit www.fra.org/foundation or call 703-683-1400.