How to Apply for the AFSA Barksdale Trade School Scholarship

Step 1

Complete sections A-H of the fillable PDF Application Instructions PDF [185KB].

Step 2

Sign and date application upon completion. Do not forget to include the last four numbers of your social security number (SSN) or your collegiate identification number, otherwise funds cannot be processed to the school.

Step 3

Enclose ONE of the following (sponsor’s proof of service, copy of the sponsor’s DD 214, copy of sponsor’s discharge papers). Include it with the application package. Do NOT send original documents because documents submitted will not be returned. Make sure you blackout the social security number on your sponsor’s military identification cards.

Step 4

High school graduates and college transfer students must include a copy of the letter of acceptance to the college of their choice.

Step 5

High School students must include an official transcript of their grades. High school graduates must include all grades from 9th-12th grades. College students must include cumulative record(s) of grades while attending an undergraduate program. If applicant has transferred schools, transcript(s) from previous school(s) MUST be included. The unweighted (4.0 scale) cumulative GPA must be 2.65 or higher. NOTE: If your school uses a weighted GPA scale, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have the weighted GPA converted to a 4.0 unweighted GPA. Packets received with a weighted GPA will not be eligible.

Step 6

High School must include a letter of recommendation. If the applicant is a high school graduate, the letter must be written by the school’s principal or a high school counselor. If the applicant is currently a college student, the letter must be written by a college professor, or if the applicant is a first-year college student, the letter may be written by the applicant’s high school principal. The letter must be on official school stationary with an ORIGINAL signature.

Step 7

The applicants must include a double-spaced, typed paragraph stating their life’s objectives, answering the question, “What do you plan to do with the education you receive?”

Step 8

If applicable, include a completed “Additional Information” page, citing exceptional need for a scholarship.

Step 9

Include two self-addressed, stamped, blank postcards. One will be sent to the applicant acknowledging receipt of package; the other will be sent notifying the applicant of non-selection. Persons selected for scholarships will be notified by mail.

Step 10

You must sign these instructions and attach it to your application. You can download and sign these INSTRUCTIONS and the required application (see sidebar). AFTER JANUARY 1, Completed application packages with all required documents can be submitted here online, or by mail to: 

AMF/CMSAF/AFSA Scholarship Program
5211 Auth Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746

If you have any questions regarding the program or application process, please contact the AMF Assistant Secretary here online, or by phone 800-638-0594, ext. 288

Step 11

The completed application package must reach AFSA Headquarters no later than MARCH 31 for the coming academic year. 

Step 12

If you have any questions regarding the program or application process, please contact the AMF Assistant Secretary here online, or by phone 800-638-0594, ext. 288