The Goldsboro Elks Lodge and the Patriot Foundation of North Carolina have joined forces to support North Carolina families of fallen or disabled Airmen. An all-volunteer team led by the Elks will begin awarding educational scholarships this spring through the North Carolina Air Force Scholarship Program. Scholarships will vary between $1,000 and $5,000 per student per semester, based upon need. With funding supplied by a Patriot Foundation grant, these merit-based scholarships will pay tuition and other eligible expenses of students attending colleges and accredited vocational institutions.
The Goldsboro Elks Lodge #139, the oldest in the state, has an extensive background in awarding scholarships for more than two decades, and its member’s longstanding support of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base community.
“Education for our families and service members remains one of our biggest priorities at Seymour Johnson,” said Colonel Kurt Helphinstine, the 4thFighter Wing Commander. “We value our partnerships with the greater North Carolina community and the support they continue to provide for not only the base, but the families as well. This type of scholarship can make a significant contribution to the education of our Airmen and families”.
Applications are due April 1, 2021, with plans to award in time for a summer or fall semester of 2021.
Family members or eligible dependent members of Veterans, Active Duty for the Department of the Air Force who reside in North Carolina are encouraged to apply. Written applications are available thru the AFFSP Scholarship Committee, Goldsboro Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 1003, Goldsboro, NC 27533. More detailed information concerning eligibility, application, and program contacts is available at http://affsp.org/.