The QCWA Scholarship Program was approved by the Board of Directors in 1977 and an initial amount of $500.00 was deposited in the fund in 1978. This by far is one of the finest things QCWA does for amateur radio overall.

The name of the Scholarship Program was subsequently changed to the QCWA Memorial Scholarship Fund with the thought that Chapters and members would be encouraged to contribute to the investment fund in memory of Silent Keys. QCWA has awarded in increasing numbers cash scholarships to eligible radio amateurs over the years. Since 1978 scholarships have been awarded to over 433 hams for a total of over $471,850. (2015)

The QCWA Scholarship Program is administered without charge by the Foundation for Amateur Radio in the Washington, DC area. No overhead or administrative costs are ever born to the investment fund or to its earnings. This is a perpetual programme and if QCWA should happen to dissolve in the distant future, the fund must then be transferred to a non-profit organization for continuation of the programme.


QCWA Scholarships are available to any licensed amateur radio operator world wide who is enrolled in or has been accepted for enrollment in an accredited university or college for a full-time schedule in pursuit of at least an Associate Degree. The applicant does not necessarily have to be enrolled in an electronic or electrical related course. There is no preference given to area of residence or restriction on the course of study, the class of amateur radio licence held, sex, nationality or religion.

In the past, two Canadian Amateurs have been recipients of one of the scholarships awarded. For the complete list of recipients see: Scholarship Recipients


Each applicant must be recommended by a QCWA member in good standing. Members of a QCWA family who qualify as stated above, are also eligible to apply for scholarships as are other eligible Amateurs recommended by a QCWA member.

Interested radio amateurs will need to submit an application by April 15th of each year. The application is an on-line form and can be found at this link Application Form

Please Note: QCWA National Headquarters DO NOT inventory the application forms.

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