The Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and the Airmen Memorial Foundation (AMF) joined together to conduct a scholarship program to financially assist the undergraduate studies of eligible, dependent children of the enlisted Total Air Force members. AFSA, AMF (including the CMSAF Scholarship Program), and AFSA International Auxiliary award scholarships valued from $500 to $3,000 to students attending an accredited academic institution. The grant amount and total number of scholarships awarded are dependent upon funds available. To date, over $1.9 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to Air Force dependent children. The scholarship programs all use the same application.
The CMSAF Scholarship Program (formerly the CMSAF Richard D. Kisling Scholarships) was created in 1987 upon the death of CMSAF Kisling. It was renamed in 1997 following the passing of CMSAFs Andrews and Harlow. The program is funded by donations, memorials, and speaking honorariums. One unique aspect of the CMSAF Scholarship Program is the opportunity for an applicant to submit additional information he or she believes should be considered. Examples are: student disabilities, parent POW/MIA/KIA status, extreme financial hardship or other extenuating circumstances. Applicants simply complete the "additional information" form included in the application.
Since 1988, the fund has awarded more than 250 scholarships valued at more than $350,000. The fund is governed by a committee appointed by the incumbent Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. CMSAF Sam Parish served as the Committee Chairman.