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Minority Serving Institution Scholarships to be upgraded to further Air, Space Force diversity efforts

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Department of the Air Force announced June 29 that all 161 Air Force ROTC scholarship recipients in good standing with the program and attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Hispanic-Serving Institutions will receive an upgrade offer from their current scholarship level, which will advance students to full tuition and fees paid, beginning the fall term of academic year 2020-21.

“The Air and Space Forces know that diverse Airmen operating in an inclusive culture increases innovation and operational effectiveness,” said Brig. Gen. Leslie A. Maher, commander of the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development. “The Air and Space Forces are investing in students who have earned ROTC scholarships at minority serving institutions to ensure success as we strive for the diversity we need to improve Air Force mission performance.”

The Type 1 scholarship covers full tuition and fees with no monetary cap. The other scholarship opportunities include Type 2 scholarships which provide a student up to $18,000 per year, and the Type 7 scholarships which offer full tuition and fees, capped at the in-state tuition rate.

Diversity and Inclusion are priorities of the Department of the Air Force to build teams comprised of diverse backgrounds, experiences and demographics,” said Brig. Gen. Troy Dunn, Air Force director of military force management policy and leader of the Department of the Air Force’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion. “By fostering diversity and establishing an inclusive culture, we will increase our abilities to recruit from the broadest possible pool of talent, solve the toughest challenges, and engage the full power of an innovative force.”