The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc. will be awarding a total of 57 scholarships, worth an aggregate of $94,575 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Those scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 each.
Note that the QCWA and Chichester scholarships have a requirement that you obtain a recommendation from the QCWA or an ARRL affiliated club, respectively. When you apply, you are applying for all of the scholarships for which you qualify. Getting the recommendations qualifies you for an additional $38,000 in scholarships!
A complete description of the 2017 scholarships that were awarded may be found at:
(Updated 22 Mar 2017)
2017 Foundation for Amateur Radio
To qualify for any of the scholarships managed by the Foundation, you must hold a current amateur radio licensed issued by the FCC or by an equivalent organization in a foreign country.
There are several questions that ask for essay answers. To make it as easy as possible for you to complete the form in one sitting, we suggest that you complete the essay questions ahead of time in Word or in a text editor, then copy and paste your answers into the form. Below, you will find some suggestions to help you to write a strong application.When you click on ‘Submit’ to send the application, you will find a link that allows you to go back and edit the form later.
>> PLEASE COPY THIS LINK AND SAVE IT! <<
Only those applications submitted using the on-line form will be accepted. If you cannot use our on-line application, please contact me directly (email@example.com) and provide an explanation of the issue(s). If necessary, I can provide an alternate form of the application to you. It is important for us to understand your issues with the use of the form and any problems that you might have encountered when using it.
Your application form data goes directly into an encrypted, password protected PDF file that is available only to the review committee. Your raw input data is not stored on-line.
If you would like to have a copy of the completed application, please send the request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an encrypted, password protected PDF copy by return email. The password will be sent in a latter transmission.
Here is some information that may help you to write a strong application:
Each of the eight members of the FAR Scholarship Committee reads all of the applications and scores them based on their own rating factors.
When we have all of the scores, we normalize them so that they can be ranked. Once ranked, we make the awards starting with the highest ranked student and working down the list until we have awarded all of the scholarships.
Here are the scoring factors that are typically used by our reviewers:
Amateur radio activity – Allowance is made for the fact that the workload associated with college studies may not leave much time for operating during the school year. That said, the sub-factors here are class of license, membership in a club, participation in public service and/or emergency communications activity, and specific interests in such elements of the hobby as contesting, DX, satellite comms, home-brewing gear, and the like. We’e not suggesting that you change your activities as much as suggesting that you give us a clear understanding of them.
Need – We’re not paying anyone’s tuition, but given two comparable students, the one with the greater need is likely to score higher. The important factor here is to make sure that you answer all of the questions on the form related to FAFSA scores, family income, and college tuition and expense costs.
Performance in school – Not surprisingly, a good GPA is a plus. ACT/SAT scores are evaluated for rising freshmen, only.
Choice of major and career – We don’t evaluate majors and/or careers, per se. However, we would like to know why you have chosen your major and what you plan for a career. This is an area where longer answers are better.
Outside activities – We’d like to be able to form an image of you as a complete person. Hence, we’d like to know about your other activities, that is those outside of ham radio. Are you a Scout? Active in your community or church? Do you play sports? Do you sing or play an instrument? What awards have your received as part of any of those activities.
If you have questions about the scholarship process, please email them to
(Posted by Dave Prestel, W8AJR, FAR Scholarship Committee Chairman)