In 2012, the GEBA Board of Directors approved The Fellowship for Working Professionals awards to support the part-time educational studies of GEBA members who are working full-time.
The GEBA Board of Directors revamped and retitled this program in 2014 to include additional support to GEBA members and broadened the categories to include Student Loan Forgiveness.
Student Loan Forgiveness
The employee must have student loan debit in their name stemming from their own education. The award is paid directly to the financial institution or government lender. These awards are taxable to the recipient.1
College or Graduate Level Courses
The employee must be a part-time student, which means taking 3-11 credit hours of classes per semester. The award is to be used for payment of tuition or fees and will be paid directly to the institution.
GEBA Member Eligibility:
The Member Educational Award Program (MEAP) is for GEBA members only. To apply, you must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a GEBA member. Associate members and family members are not eligible for this program.2
- Must be a full-time employee of one of the eligible agencies or contractors
- Must be or will be pursuing an accredited degree program on a part-time basis
or have student loan debt in your name with a financial institution or government lender
- Must be enrolled in one of GEBA's plans as of January 15, 2018
- Must submit a completed application, including an essay (see application for essay topic) via email by March 15, 2018
Recipients may receive up to four awards and only one award per year (Scholarship and/or MEAP).
To ensure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs. Learn more about ISTS at www.applyists.com.
ISTS Tuition Discount Network:
ISTS has negotiated deals with more than 40 colleges and universities with discounts that range from 10%-40% off of published tuition rates. Learn more at www.applyists.com/tuition-discount-network.
1 Please consult your tax advisor.
2 Family members and full-time students may be eligible for one of GEBA's Scholarships.