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.

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 $2000  (Sponsor: Lt Col John Murray & Family Education Fund)
2nd $1500  (Sponsor: Dr. Jerry Ransom)
3rd $1000  (Sponsor: Bobby McCasland Family)

Enter the 2021-22 Essay Contest. All entries must be in by Jan. 15, 2022.

1st Place

2019-2020 Winner: James Waylon Matlock

Read 1st Place essay | Twenty-One Years of Conflict: What’s next?

2nd Place

2019-2020 Winner: Brandon Hodges

Read 2nd Place essay | Twenty-One Year of Conflict: What’s next?

3rd Place

2019-2020 Winner: Bracken Sant

Read 3rd Place essay | Twenty-One Years of Conflict: What’s Next?

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.

2019-2020 AFA Chapter 416 and AFA Texas Winner: Adrienne Emerson, Greenville High School, Greenville, TX

Read more about the 2020 AFA Teacher of the Year.