The dream for this endowment began with donations made in honor of First Command Financial Services Advisor Dallas Lower after he passed away after a long battle with cancer on May 1, 2007. In 2009, an anonymous donor brought this dream much closer by contributing $40,000 toward creation of this endowment.
Dallas was the beloved husband of Diane Lower (Antoniak), father of Angie, Gina, Amy, and the late Jeremy Lower, and loving grandfather of Austin Lower. Born in Akron, Ohio, Dallas served 21 years in Army Air Defense. He became a First Command client in 1980 while stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Following his Army career, he was a professor of military science at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Inspired by former First Command advisor Ron Stewart, Dallas realized a long-time dream in 1998 when he signed on as a First Command advisor. As an advisor, Dallas’ instincts and dedication distinguished him as a top earner. He was a recipient of the prestigious First Command Gold Producer Award in 2001 and Top District Leader in 2006 with nine months of meritorious achievement. Despite his busy work schedule he always found time to attend his children’s soccer games and practices.
He is quoted as having said, “The #1 priority in my life is my family.”
Dallas is remembered for his great sense of humor, dedication to his family, willingness to always help out a friend, and commitment to helping others find financial independence and security.
The Dallas T. Lower 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. In 2012, in addition to reimbursement awards to advisors, FCEF added reimbursement awards to First Command Field Support Staff Members. In 2016, college courses became eligible for reimbursement
|First Command Advisors||First Command Field Support Staff Members|
|1. Have earned an advanced professional designation or have passed any college courses within the past 24 months.
2. Obtain a written endorsement from your District Advisor (DA) or Director of Advisor Operations (DAO).
3. Furnish a copy of the certificate of completion, college diploma, or receipt for the designation or classes taken.
|1. Have earned within the past 12 months or be pursuing a professional license or certification, or attending any college courses.
2. Be directly employed by a First Command Advisor at a First Command field office with over one (1) year of consecutive employment (full- or part-time) and be working as a field support staff member, i.e., AA/OM/CCS/Receptionist, Licensed Associate, or Associate Advisor.
3. Obtain a written endorsement from your Advisor.
4. Furnish a copy of the certificate of course completion or course enrollment receipt.
Application for 2017
The application period for 2017 will close at close of business, Friday, December 1, 2017. Please click here and scroll down our Meet our Recipients page to learn more about the recipients of the Dallas T. Lower Award.
Click here to access the Dallas T. Lower Memorial Endowment 2017 Criteria & Eligibility form. You can complete the form in Acrobat Reader or print the blank form and complete it by hand.
You must manually sign the application before you submit it. If you fill it out in Reader you must print and sign it, and either mail it, scan it to send as an email attachment, or fax it.
Deadline for 2017 submittals is COB Friday, December 1, 2017.
Late or incomplete applications and/or supporting materials will not be reviewed or considered.
Please contact the Scholarships Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-569-2032 if you have questions.
Please click here to learn more about the recipients of the Dallas T. Lower Award.
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