The MOAA Scholarship Fund Wants to Hear Your Story

The MOAA Scholarship Fund Wants to Hear Your Story
Palmer Moore, a student at Penn State University, is one of 800 students receiving financial assistance via the MOAA Scholarship Fund for the 2022-23 academic year. (Courtesy photo)

Since its inception nearly 75 years ago, the MOAA Scholarship Fund has become a fundamental part of our organization. Supporting one of the association's founding principles -- that education is the cornerstone of a strong democracy -- the scholarship fund aims to lessen the financial burden of continuing education for children of families in all branches of service, regardless of rank.


Serving students since 1948, the scholarship fund has improved the lives of countless individuals by providing interest-free loans and grants.


It is empowering to have the support of the military community backing me” said Palmer Moore, a student at Penn State University. “I am encouraged to chase my dreams and shoot for the stars. I plan to use all that I learn in college to better my community and the broader world.”


Palmer is a current beneficiary of the MOAA Scholarship Fund who hopes to use his education to create positive change in the world. He’s one of more than 800 students receiving nearly $7 million in grants and interest-free loans from the fund this academic year; a full list of recipients is at this link and also appeared in the November issue of Military Officer, available in print and online to MOAA Premium and Life Members.


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Share Your Story

As the MOAA Scholarship Fund gears up to celebrate 75 years of service, we want to share stories like Palmer’s from anyone who has ever received assistance. If you have participated in any of the programs offered through the fund, please share your story with us!


Please email the following information to

  • Short paragraph telling your story (no more than 200 words, please)
  • Photo of you from college or present day
  • What you studied in college and where you are now
  • Advice for students currently pursuing, or considering, higher education


“75 years of service is no small feat,” said Andrea Rand, executive director of the fund. “It’s important to us that we celebrate the accomplishments of our current and former students while also providing encouragement to future students.”


To read more student success stories, read the 2021 and 2020 Impact Guides.


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About the Author

Jackie Copek, CFRE
Jackie Copek, CFRE

Copek is MOAA's Senior Associate Director for Development. She has worked for a variety of nonprofits such as the Human Rights Campaign, American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Learning Undefeated, and St. Francis House Homeless Day Shelter.