Students must be claimed as a dependent on the most recent IRS tax form by a U.S. government Foreign Service employee (active, retired with pension, deceased or separated) with a foreign affairs agency as defined by the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (Department of State, USAID, IBB, FCS, FAS, USIA or APHIS). Children of the AFSA Scholarship Committee members are ineligible for AFSA awards or scholarships. Art Merit Awards: AFSA Art Merit applicants apply in one of the following categories: creative writing, performing arts, musical arts, or visual arts. One award of $2,500 and up to three $1,000 Honorable Mention awards are bestowed across all categories in May.Academic Merit: approximately twelve $2,500 top prizes and two $1,000 honorable mention prizes are bestowed in May of each year. Additionally, from the pool of Academic Merit applicants, judges will select a single applicant for the Best Essay Award ($500 prize). Judges will review applicants based on information provided in the following areas: cumulative grade point average, standardized test scores, an essay, extra-curricular activities, rigor of course work, and a letter of recommendation.Community Service Award: originally part of the Academic Merit Program, this award is now open to any student applying for an AFSA Academic and/or Art Merit Award. The $2,500 award will be bestowed upon a student with the most distinguished contributions to the community through service and volunteerism.Additional requirements:-At least one parent is a member of AFSA-Graduating high school senior (or in one's last year of high school)-Academic Merit Award applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA -Art Merit Award applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.