First Command Educational Foundation awards scholarships each year to persons seeking associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees, attending a trade school, or seeking professional certifications.

FCEF is proud to award an average of $133,000 annually in scholarships around the nation to active or veteran military service members, their families, and civilians. We have successfully maintained this annual average since 1983 and have awarded over $4 million.

FCEF collaborates with partner organizations across the country to provide scholarships to hard-working students, with the partner promoting and managing the entire scholarship process.

Our largest scholarship program, the Carroll H. Payne Memorial/Endowment Scholarship Program, partners with military-affiliated organizations, such as local spouses’ groups or ROTC units. First Command Financial Services (FCFS), one of our long-term partners, utilizes our Carroll H. Payne Scholarship Program to enable their financial advisors help military organizations in their communities provide scholarships to those who serve.

Below are brief descriptions of our scholarship programs. Where available, links for more information are included. For other inquiries, please email us at

Federal Civilian Employee Scholarship Program

First Command Educational Foundation (FCEF) announces a new direct-apply scholarship: The Federal Civilian Employee Scholarship. Each year we award three $1,000 scholarships to traditional and non-traditional students. There is NO application fee.



a. Must be a dependent* of a currently employed Federal Civilian Employee and a high school senior or current college student planning to attend or return to an undergraduate or graduate school, university, or accredited trade school. (*Dependents are eligible family members up to age 26 as defined by federal tax law.)
b. Students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average (or equivalent).
c. Must demonstrate an active role in community and volunteer activities.
d. Must complete FCEF’s free financial literacy course, Basic$4ALL (online).
e. Must include basic transcript from current school with application.


a. Currently employed Federal Civilian Employee* who is planning to return to or is currently attending college, university, accredited trade school, or graduate program to improve career advancement opportunities. (*Federal Civilian Employee is defined as a person working directly for the federal government. Active duty military members are not considered civilian employees.)
b. Must provide at least two letters of recommendation from current or previous supervisor with application.
c. Must demonstrate an active role in community and volunteer activities.
d. Must complete FCEF’s free financial literacy course, Basic$4ALL (online).
e. Must include copy of current resume with application.

Federal Civilian Employee Scholarship Application  

Questions and inquiries can be directed to

Carroll H. Payne (CHP) Memorial Endowment/Scholarship

Apply for Carroll H. Payne (CHP) Scholarship funds through organizations partnering with FCEF.  More>>

Toolkit for Carroll H. Payne Scholarship

Dallas T. Lower Memorial Endowment/Award

In honor of Dallas’ commitment to the mentorship of new advisors, funds from the Lower endowment are used to encourage “established” First Command Financial Services Advisors to pursue professional designations.  For 2012, in addition to reimbursement awards to advisors, FCEF added reimbursement awards to First Command Field Support Staff Members.  More>>

Jay Smith Scholarship and Excellence Fund

In 2007, Lt. Col (Ret.) Paul and Susan Smith established an endowment with First Command Educational Foundation to memorialize and honor their son, 1st Lt. Paul J. Smith III.  FCEF works with the national level Air Force ROTC program at Maxwell-Gunter AFB to provide an annual $1,000 scholarship.  More>>

M. Alice Konecny Memorial Endowment

First Command Financial Services Advisor Anthony “Tony” Konecny and his wife Corinne established this endowment to memorialize and honor Tony’s mother, Alice Konecny.  More>>

North Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NTAGGL) Endowment/Scholarship

NTAGGL awards scholarships to students who are working hard to educate themselves by seeking degrees at two- or four-year colleges and graduate programs.  More>>

Sid Oaksmith Memorial Endowment

The Sid Oaksmith Memorial Endowment was established in memory of Sid Oaksmith, U.S. Army (Ret.) and former First Command Financial Services Advisor, upon his death.   More>>

Establishing an Annually-Funded Named Endowment/Scholarship

Annually-funded and endowed scholarships may be named in honor, tribute, or memorial of a loved one, family member, friend, or mentor.

  • A $3,000 minimum annual contribution and a five-year minimum commitment, for a total pledge of $15,000 over five years, is required.
  • The scholarship will bear the name designated by the donor.
  • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be established with FCEF reflecting the donor’s wishes and outlining the roles and responsibilities of both parties.
  • All interest earned from each annual contribution will be allocated to the agency’s general operating account to cover overhead costs of maintaining the fund.
  • The donor has the option to handle all advertising, application, and selection processes or to elect FCEF to handle all (or any portion) of the selection process.  If the donor elects for FCEF to handle any or all of the selection process, FCEF will charge an additional annual fee ($500 minimum) to cover administrative and overhead costs.

If you would like to establish a named endowment or scholarship, please contact the Foundation at or

First Command Educational Foundation
1 FirstComm Plaza
Fort Worth, TX  76109-4999

877-872-8289 (toll-free)
817-569-2970 (fax)

Meet our Recipients

Click here to meet some of the recipients of our various scholarships and awards.

Current and Previous Scholarship Partners

Each calendar year FCEF awards scholarships through both long-standing or newly-identified partnerships with organizations whose missions support the same persons served by FCEF.  Click here to see the list of current and previous scholarship partners.  

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

First Command Educational Foundation has chosen to abide by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding the information privacy of our scholarship applicants.  Specific information about applicant status, scholarship application records, or any other aspect of an applicant’s relationship with FCEF will be released only to parents or “eligible students” as defined in the FERPA.  More about FERPA>>


Donors play a huge role in making these scholarships possible. Individuals, families, corporations, churches, businesses, and other entities may give gifts of cash, stock, real property, other marketable assets, or planned gifts to fund scholarships through FCEF.  Give today!