2021 Foundation for Amateur Radio
Updated February 12, 2021
The 2021 Foundation for Amateur Radio Scholarship Application is now available.
Click here to be taken to the form.
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.
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 communications, home-brewing gear, and the like. We’re 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.
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(Posted by Dave Prestel, W8AJR, FAR Scholarship Committee Chairman)