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"Fleet Reserve Association Branch 166 awards first scholarship"

June 5, 2017

When Nathaniel Gonzales’ assignment for a military contractor ended, he realized he needed to advance his education to advance his career. With support from the Fleet Reserve Association and the Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation, he’s doing just that.

“I decided to go to school, so I could move forward,” said Gonzales, who is pursuing his Associate of Science in General Studies at TCC. “I didn’t need a degree, but I wanted it.”

Unsure of his next steps, Gonzales, 34, enrolled at TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus, where he had taken a few classes as a student at Oscar Smith High School. He could attend classes just minutes from his house and online, even while a demanding new contracting assignment sent him around the country.

A Coast Guard reservist, Gonzales was eligible for GI Bill benefits, but his wife was already using them to attend TCC full time in pursuit of a computer science degree.

“My needs were exceeding my financial aid,” said the father of three. “I knew TCC offered scholarships, so I went ahead and applied.” He created a scholarship account and searched for all the awards he was eligible to receive. “The process was very straightforward,” he said.

And to his surprise, he won.

In attendance at the scholarship

presentation are, from left, John R. Westman Jr., branch vice president; Sha'ron D. Martin, branch president; Nathaniel Gonzales; Alexandra Rice, TCC Educational Foundation development officer; PRPEC Phillip V. Hanna; and Ray E. Santee, branch secretary.

Gonzales has the distinction of being the first Betty Rogers Wanat Scholarship recipient.

Betty Rogers Wanat was passionate about supporting military men and women. She served as a

U.S. Navy cryptologist and, later, as a staff officer with the Armed Forces Security Agency. Her husband, Frank Wanat, was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

Established in 2016 by the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 166, the annual $1,000 scholarship named in her honor is intended to help military-related students pursue higher education at TCC. Recipients are selected based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities.

“We were so impressed by Nate,” said Sha’ron Martin of the Fleet Reserve Association. “He’s a fantastic, intelligent young man, and it’s been wonderful to see how he’s putting this scholarship to good use on his education. We know he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

The scholarship has made a difference, Gonzales said.

“This funding has helped fill the gaps from my military aid and allow me to buy my school supplies and books,” he said. “It’s been eye-opening to see how many options there are for paying for my classes if you work hard.”

Gonzales will finish his associate degree this fall and hopes to transfer to a four-year school after that to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

His advice for future scholarship applicants?

“Don’t accept any failure as grounds to give up,” he said. “Keep trying and working hard and you’ll find that your hard work isn’t going unnoticed.”

For more information about available scholarships at TCC, visit www.tcc.edu/scholarships. To learn more about establishing a scholarship at TCC, contact the TCC Educational Foundation at [email protected] or 757-822-1080.





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3. Read the scholarship requirments for eligiblity ; is membership required ,scores, finances etc.

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"FRA Scholarship Instructions"


FRA believes that educating our service members, veterans and their families is important for their futures, as well as the future of our country. In addition to FRA's longstanding advocacy for enhanced DoD and VA education benefits, the FRA Education Foundation was established to support the needs of individuals pursuing higher education.

FRA's Education Foundation sponsors a generous scholarship program that helps deserving students reach their educational and professional goals by presenting awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing college and graduate degrees. The Foundation presents more than $100,000 each year to recipients based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities.


You may apply for FRA Education Foundation Scholarships if you are affiliated with the USN, USMC or USCG through your own service or that of your spouse, parent, grandparent or great-grandparent. FRA members in good standing, their spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are eligible for a wider range of FRA Member Scholarships. Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens and be full-time students at an accredited college and university in the United States.

Some of our scholarships have broad criteria for eligibility, while others are more specific. Here is a list of FRA's scholarships  and their eligibility criteria, as well as other scholarships offered by the Auxiliary of the FRA and other affiliated entities.

Application Process

The FRA Education Foundation makes scholarship applications available from 1 September through 15 April each year. (The applications are posted at the bottom of this page as pdf files.) All applications and supporting documents must be postmarked no later than April 15th.

  • Applications and documents postmarked later than April 15 will not be considered
  • Applications that are incomplete in any way will not be considered

All eligible applicants will be considered for any scholarship for which they meet the eligibility requirement (based on the desires of the donor). Scholarship recipients are notified by email during the summer about awards for the school year that starts that fall. FRA only notifies the applicants who have been selected to receive a scholarship. Then, after recipients respond with additional information to determine if they still qualify to receive the scholarship, they receive an official letter signed by the National President.

New Partnership with NMFA Announced

The FRA Education Foundation is proud to announce a partnering agreement with the National Military Family Association (NMFA), through which the FRA Education Foundation is committed to presenting at least one $2,000 scholarship to a qualifying Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard spouse who is pursuing a college degree. The NFMA represents the interests of military families; service members, their spouses, and their children. Through the support and programs they provide, and their voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, NMFA is committed to looking out for military families and for those who serve.  Information on NMFA and its scholarship program for military spouses is available at www.militaryfamily.org. Applicants who complete an FRA scholarship application (at the bottom of this page) will be considered for this scholarship as well as all FRA scholarships for which they are eligible. Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2017.

Other Education Resources

The FRA Education Foundation has also partnered with several institutions of higher learning that offer college courses, degree programs and credits for military training to FRA members at discounted rates. See our Education Resources  page for more details.

The FRA Education Foundation proudly announces its recent scholarship recipients

See the full list of FRA's 2016 scholarship recipients here. Do you have questions about FRA Education Foundation scholarships? E-mail Marilyn Smith, our scholarship administrator, for further assistance.


  • Enrolled full-time in a U.S. institution for graduate or undergraduate program. (U.S. territories are excluded)
  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolee
  • At least 18 years old
  • The winner of the second prize will receive the amount of $2,000

  • The winner of the first prize will receive the amount of $3,000

  • The winner of the third prize will receive the amount of $1,000

The scholarship awards may only be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses.

There are no costs associated with submitting an application for this scholarship.


Walter Beall Scholarship Foundation

The Walter Beall Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships, to students who further their education in general engineering,  aviation or aeronautical engineering degree programs.

A nine member board comprised of Past Regional Presidents of the Fleet Reserve Association serve as Foundation Trustees.

Each year they select candidates for scholarship.

Each award recipient is adjudicated on financial need, academic achievements, and community involvement.

Students attending US military academies or enrolled in reserve officer candidate programs receiving aid are not eligible to apply.

In order to apply, applicants may be  FRA Members or spouses, sons or grandsons, daughters or granddaughters of members in good standing of the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA).

The FRA Member must have been designated as a member in good standing for the two consecutive years prior to applicants submission of application.

Deceased members must have been FRA members in good standing for the two consecutive years prior to death.

Walter Beall scholarships are awarded on merit as well as financial need thus recipients of previous awards may re-apply.

Applicants must be US citizens and enroll at an accredited college/university or technical institution in the United States and must remain a student in good standing.

Applicants must be students who further their education in general engineering, aviation or aeronautical engineering degree programs.

Applicants are adjudicated on their grade point average, scholastic aptitude test scores, curriculum goals, interests, community activities, and awards.

Students’ financial needs, based on income and educational expenses, are also considered.

Bronze Star

Gold Star

Silver Star


**~**Virginia Beach Branch 166 **~**