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Chief’s scholarship supports Airmen and Guardians

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  • By Cynthia Griggs
  • 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Twice a year, the Team Hill Chief’s Group awards an education scholarship in the amount of $750 to an active duty Air Force, active Air National Guard or active Air Force Reserve Airman or Guardian (enlisted member or their spouse), within the Hill Air Force Base area pursuing any degree.

The most recent winner of the scholarship was awarded Jan. 31, 2022 and given to Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Cunha, 388th Maintenance Group.

Chief Master Sgt. Eric Engel, senior enlisted leader for the 419th Mission Support Group, said the purpose of the Team Hill Chief’s Group scholarship is to promote education in the enlisted force and financially support Airmen in reaching their educational goals.

“It was an incredibly competitive group of packages this cycle and was very difficult to choose just one winner,” Engel said. “Tech. Sgt. Cunha stood out for not only pursuing education for herself and was utilizing her growth to benefit the Air Force, but she also was advocating the importance of education for her Airmen and getting them to enroll in school to complete a degree as well. She is truly leading from the front and setting a high bar for others to follow.”

The submission deadlines are June 30 and Dec. 31 every year, with the awards delivered after package reviews, which take place in January and July. The application package consists of a college transcript or proof of college acceptance, a letter of recommendation from an Air Force supervisor or unit/group commander, and a minimum 300-word essay.

Spouses that apply must provide a copy of their marriage certificate and letter of recommendation from the member supporting the spouse. The spouse's letter takes the place of the supervisor's letter of recommendation.

Scholarship checks are written to the winner and may be used to pay for any reasonable cost related to pursuing a degree, including tuition, fees, and books. The scholarship is non-renewable, meaning prior recipients may not apply a second time, to allow others the same opportunity.

For more details about the scholarship program and the application form, email