The SGM Douglas Drum Scholarship Fund was created as a means of “Retirees Helping Retirees” (the AMRA slogan at that time).  With less than 3 percent of AMRA members supporting through their donations, the Foundation that now does the fundraising for the scholarship program is unable to commit to 2018-2019 scholarships.  The Foundation will use 2018 as a “rebuilding year” and if supported by the membership through their donations, will again fund scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

To assist students in finding other scholarship avenues for the coming school year, we have provided links at the end of this message to other helpful scholarship search materials.

If you, as an AMRA member, have been making a small donation on your membership renewal form, we appreciate your generosity and humbly inquire if you could increase the amount a little this year.  If you are a Life Member, we will appreciate your response to our upcoming email solicitation and ask that you be as generous as your resources will allow.  Of course, you don’t need to wait for a solicitation in order to make an immediate contribution.  Too, there are other ways in addition to cash.  For other donation vehicles listed on the American Military Retirees Foundation, visit www.amra1973.org/Foundation for our Gift Acceptance Policies and Guidelines and information on a Tax –Effective Way to Give which deals with Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your IRA accounts.

The AMRA scholarship program has helped many families pay for higher education and our recipients have done extremely well at major colleges and universities like Harvard, St. Bonaventure, Tufts, Fordham and many more.  Our scholars have gone on to careers in a variety of fields and we are proud of each and every one of them!  We hope you will agree that this is a worthy endeavor and that you will support it accordingly.

Scholarship Search Guidance


The Sergeant Major Douglas R. Drum Collegiate Scholarship

The Sergeant Major Douglas R. Drum (SGM) Memorial Scholarship was developed to honor the Founder and first National President of The American Military Retirees Association (AMRA).  Scholarships are funded by donations to the American Military Retirees Foundation from AMRA members in honor of SGM Douglas R.Drum, whose interest in and passion for education are honored by scholarships awarded in his name. SGM Drum had a sincere appreciation of education; and its use as a tool of transition for our youth and retirees. 

Twelve scholarships will be offered in 2018, totaling $14,000.  Applicants are divided into two categories - High School Seniors (Incoming College Freshmen) and Returning College Students (Sophomores to Seniors).  Adult applicants (military retirees/spouses) may apply in the Returning College Student category.  Identical scholarships are offered for each category - one $2,000, five $1,000 scholarships.  These scholarships are for students attending two or four year accredited, degree-granting colleges or universities.

The Bernard E. Dillon Vocational Skills Scholarship - This scholarship has been suspended for the 2018 academic year due to lack of applicants.  We will re-work the scholarship and methods of promotion for the 2019 academic year.

Five $1,000 scholarships for vocational/technical training are offered annually. These scholarships are named in honor of AMRA Past National President Bernard E. Dillon who conceived the notion of growing the amount of scholarships AMRA could award by having the Association donate $1.00 of each member's dues to the scholarship fund.  Subsequently, he encouraged the Association to create a Foundation that would raise funds to continually increase the number of scholarships that could be provided to military families. Dillon later became the first President of the Foundation Board.

The Dillon Scholarships are for post high school students attending vocational-technical classes at an accredited vocational-technical school.


All scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Those eligible for a scholarship are current members of AMRA, their spouses and dependent children, and their grandchildren (who can be claimed as dependents on their parents' income tax return)  who are in a full-time two or four year undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited college or university or attending a Vocational-Technical college.   The Scholarship must be used for tuition and books.

Criteria for evaluation and award of a scholarship are the student’s educational achievements, leadership abilities, character, citizenship, and community service.


If you or your business would like to donate to the Scholarship Fund, "Investing in the Future Through Education", a donation form is available using the Scholarship Fund tab above,the Foundation tab on the AMRA home page or click HERE.

The American Military Retirees Foundation (AMRF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations to the scholarship fund are tax deductible.