Educational Institutions

Military Officers Association of America Scholarship Fund

  • Alexandria, VA
  • www.moaa.org/scholarshipfund

Mission Statement

The MOAA Scholarship Fund helps Uniformed Services families with the high cost of a college education by providing interest-free loans and grants.

Main Programs

  1. Educational Assistance
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Assistance is provided to children from Uniformed Services families from throughout the United States who are attending accredited 2-4-year colleges, universities, technical schools in the United States.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Dana T. Atkins

Keywords

Self-reported

scholarships, interest-free loans, grants, education,military, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, NOAA, USPHS

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EIN

54-1659039

Physical Address

201 N. Washington St

Alexandria, 22314

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

For the 2010-2011 school year, the MOAA Scholarship Fund provided $8.5 million in interest-free loans and grants to 1,550 students from officer and enlisted military families.  This year, we will provide $9.0 million to more than 1,600 students, including 60 students whose military parent paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Educational Assistance

The MOAA Scholarship Fund provided more than $9.3 million in interest-free loans and grants for the 2014-15 school year. This represents more than 1650 students who will receive an interest-free loan of $5,500. Additionally, more than 20 of our most deserving seniors and 40 students whose military parent died while in active service to our country will receive grants of $5,000. Additionally, 600 students will be named Designated Scholars and receive a $500 grant, in addition to their $5,000 interest-free loan. Designated Scholarships are established by MOAA members and other organizations that have contributed at least $25,000 to the Scholarship Fund. All students are selected based on scholastic ability, outside activities/interests, and financial need.

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of students from military families receiving interest-free loans to pursue their first undergraduate degree

Target Population
Military personnel, Students, Veterans

Connected to a Program?
Educational Assistance
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The number of loans awarded is determined by our Board of Directors who look at donations received, our investments, college costs, and expected participation.

2. Number of students from military families receiving grants to pursue their first undergraduate degree

Target Population
Military personnel, Students, Veterans

Connected to a Program?
Educational Assistance
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The number of grants awarded are determined by our Board of Directors who consider donations received, investments earned, restrictions, and anticipated participation rates.

3. Number of students receiving educational assistance grants who had a parent die while on active duty or have a parent receiving Traumatic SGLI

Target Population
Military personnel, Students, Veterans

Connected to a Program?
Educational Assistance
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The number of grants awarded are determined by our Board of Directors who consider donations received, investments earned, restrictions, and anticipated participation rates.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To steadily increase the number of students in our program without reducing the benefit to each student.
    To provide about 1/3 of an in-state college tuition to eligible students.
    To increase the number of students using the American Patriot Grant program.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Maintain vigorous planned giving and annual giving campaigns.
    Regularly review the average cost of in-state college tuition.
    Spread the word about the funding available through the American Patriot Grant program.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    More than 390,000 MOAA members are informed about the MOAA Scholarship Fund in our many print and digital communications. We are also active participants in the Federal CFC and many state employee Charitable Giving programs. We have a proactive Board Of Directors who provide great outreach.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We have steadily increased the number of students in our program.
    We also regularly review the cost of the average in-state tuition.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have met our goal of increasing the number of students in our general Educational Assistance programs. We have also increased the use of our American Patriot Grant program.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Assistance is provided to children from Uniformed Services families from throughout the United States who are attending accredited 2-4-year colleges, universities, technical schools in the United States.

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Funding Needs

All contributions provide interest-free loans and grants for undergraduate education to children from Uniformed Services families.  This year, 2011-2012, we have more than 1,600 highly-qualified students who are depending on our educational assistance to help them achieve their educational dreams.

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Military Officers Association of America Scholarship Fund

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dana T. Atkins

BIO

Lt. Gen. Atkins is a native of Portland, Ore. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Portland and holds two master's degrees, one in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and another in national security strategy from the National War College.

A command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in fighter aircraft, Atkins has served in a number of key command and staff positions, including commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.; commander, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa, Japan; vice commander, 7th Air Force and U.S. Air Force Korea; director of operations, U.S. Pacific Command; and special assistant to the supreme allied commander Europe during the air war over Serbia. During his career, he flew as a demonstration pilot for both the European A-10 Demonstration Team and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

At the time of his retirement from the Air Force, Atkins served as commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Command; commander, 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and commander, Alaskan North American Defense Region, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Helping our children achieve an undergraduate education is paramount to the future of our great country.  Children from military families have made unique sacrifices.  They have moved around the country and overseas, attended numerous schools, and made unique choices dictated by the military lifestyle.  Investing in these children is an investment in our future."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

McClain Kay

No Affiliation

Term: Nov 2012 - Nov 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity