Student Scholarships

Chapter 416 is proud to sponsor the Earle North Parker Essay Contest, an annual essay contest that provides scholarship funds for High School Seniors (and home schooler’s) for college.

Our intent is to offer students willing to do some research, provide strong rationale, logic, and thought to a topic pertaining to national defense or national pride and to present it in written form. The essays are printed in our local newsletter and published on our website. The 1st place essay is automatically entered in the AFA Texas State Essay Contest where an additional $2000 for first and $1000 for second place are available.

Who Can Enter

Participants must be a senior in a State of Texas High School (including home‐schooled).

How the Essay Contest Works

  • Each year a new topic is identified by chapter 416
  • Students write a two‐page essay and provide it back to the chapter
  • Funds are presented to schools upon notification and registration of student
  • Funds can be sent directly to the school the student is attending

Full set of contest rules can be obtained by downloading the contest application.

Air Force Association
Chapter 416,
Earle North Parker
Essay Contest Awards

1st $1000  (Sponsor: Lt Col John Murray & Family Education Fund)
2nd $750  (Sponsor: Dr. Jerry Ransom)
3rd $500  (Sponsor: Bobby McCasland Family)

1st is automatically submitted for the AFA Texas State competition for an additional $2000/$1000 potential prizes.

Enter the 2020-21 Essay Contest. All entries must be in by Jan. 15, 2021.

2017-2018 Noncommissioned pilots: Historically who did, and now who does/could pilot Airforce aircraft.

Winner: Graham Bain

View winning Essay.

2016-2017 Long range strike bomber – is it needed?

Winner: Emma Harris

View winning Essay

2015-2016 Cyber warfare preparation/action: What should we do?

Winner: Trevor O’Connor

View winning Essay

Teacher of The Year Award

The Air Force Association believes that recognizing those who educate America’s youth is an important aspect of what AFA is all about.

Our teacher of the year program is a Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused program where teachers are recognized for exceptional performance in education at the local, state and national levels.

2017-2018 WINNER: Orio Casper, Greenville Middle School, Greenville, TX