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. We have successfully maintained this annual average since 1983 and have awarded over $4 million.

Applications are not accepted from the public for FCEF’s scholarships.  Instead, they are processed through First Command Financial Services Advisors’ matched-scholarship partnerships with organizations in their local community, through FCEF partnerships with local and national agencies, and through special scholarship programs with specific criteria administered by FCEF.  Click on the name of each scholarship below to view its requirements.

Carroll H. Payne (CHP) Memorial Endowment/Scholarship

Apply for Carroll H. Payne (CHP) Scholarship funds through organizations partnering with FCEF.  Click here to learn 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.  Click here to learn more.

Federal Civilian Employee Scholarship Program

For the 2020-2021 academic year we will award three $1,000 scholarships to traditional and non-traditional students.

This program will be funded by the proceeds of our Federal Employee Benefits Seminar Program.  We will add to the number of scholarships available each academic year as our seminar program grows and becomes more successful.  In the future, we hope to partner with federal agencies and other organizations to increase scholarship opportunities for federal civilian employees and their families.

Who Is Eligible

The Federal Civilian Employee Scholarship Program is open to:

  1. TRADITIONAL STUDENT: A dependent* of a currently employed Federal Civilian Employee who is 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.
  2. NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT: 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 for this scholarship.

Applications for each of the categories above will be reviewed and awarded independently, which increases the chances for each applicant significantly.

Click here for more detailed eligibility criteria.

How It Works

The application period for this program has closed.  Please check back for the names of the scholarship awardees.

Because our goal is to educate people on the basics of finances, we survey applicants on their current financial knowledge.  Applicants must take our free financial literacy course, Basic$4ALL (online).  We also require a basic transcript for traditional applicants and a resume for non-traditional applicants.

For questions please contact

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.  Click here to learn 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.  Click here for more information.

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.  Click here to learn 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.  For more information about Sid Oaksmith, please click here.  Click here to learn more.

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.  We update our partnerships continuously; please check this list occasionally for changes.

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)

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.  Click here to visit the Department of Education’s FERPA website.

Key Scholarships Documents

Click here for access to FCEF’s key scholarships documents.


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

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