What is a falcon scholarship?
From the USAFA website:
Every year, some applicants to the United States Air Force Academy show great potential, but fail to gain admission to the Academy because they need additional academic preparation. From this applicant pool, Academy admissions recommends worthy students for consideration by the Falcon Foundation
. There is not a direct application process for Falcon Foundation scholarships.
Of note, only applicants to USAFA will be considered for these scholarships.
The Falcon Foundation provides a limited number of highly motivated students the opportunity to prepare for admission to the Academy by providing scholarships at specially selected civilian junior colleges and preparatory schools in various parts of the nation. Note that Falcon Scholars do not need a nomination in order to attend civilian preparatory schools. Falcon Scholars will, however, need nominations
in order to gain an appointment to the Academy the following year.
Recognizing that many deserving young people with outstanding potential for an Academy education and a desire for an Air Force career need additional academic preparation, The Foundation endeavors to meet this need through its sustaining program of annual scholarship grants. A request for a scholarship is an alternate plan to obtain additional education because the applicant has failed to gain an appointment on their first attempt.
The Foundation acquires funds necessary to undertake the scholarship program from memberships, contributions and donations. The number of scholarships awarded annually is determined by the funds available. Each sponsorship is dedicated in honor of a pioneer in aviation or individuals who have distinguished themselves in aviation or defense positions.
All fiduciary relationships regarding these scholarships are with the Falcon Foundation, not with the United States Air Force Academy. Each scholarship award provides a significant portion of the cost of room, board and tuition. Scholarship recipients must be able to pay for transportation to and from school and for clothing, laundry and other personal expenses.