Fleet Reserve Association South Central Region

The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress. The Association is named after the Navy’s program for personnel transferring to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve after 20 or more years of active duty, but less than 30 years for retirement purposes and its membership is comprised of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

There are multiple benefits to FRA membership, and one of those is the FRA Education Foundation Scholarship.  FRA believes that educating our service members and veterans is an important duty, and has been an outspoken advocate for enhanced education benefits for many years. For example, FRA was instrumental in ensuring the new Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit was available to military personnel who previously had no education benefits and allowed transferability of benefits to family members of career service members. 

FRA’s scholarship program has also been helping deserving students reach their educational and professional goals for decades, presenting annual awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing college and graduate degrees. Thanks to the generosity of our members, legacy gifts and corporate sponsors, the scope of the program has grown substantially since 2000; increasing the number of recipients by more than 50 percent and boosting the monetary value of the awards by more than 260 percent. Just since 2000, the FRA scholarship program has provided over 200 scholarships totaling more than $850,000. This year, FRA is going even further and marking its 85th anniversary by launching the FRA Education Foundation. We recognize more is needed to ensure that our Nation’s military, and their families, are afforded an education that will benefit their future – and that of our country. The Foundation is an important step in growing this scholarship program. The FRA Education Foundation makes scholarships available to eligible (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel and their families) full-time students who are U.S. citizens attending accredited colleges and universities in the United States.    

Other scholarship programs related to FRA are: The Walter E. Beall Scholarship; and The LA FRA Scholarships. 

The FRA South Central Region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (excluding El Paso): 

The following information was obtained from the FRA Branch Locations and Contact info page:

Br# Location POC E-mail Mailing Address
011 Fort Worth, TX Michael Bevill E-9Retired@charter.net PO Box 27171, Fort Worth, TX 76127-0171
Meeting Place: VFW Post 8235, 5333 White Settlement Rd, Fort Worth, TX Time and Date: 1000, 3rd Sat


Br# Location POC E-mail Mailing Address
094 Corpus Christi, TX Jerry Opisko gfo99@yahoo.com 3825 Jamaca Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418-3019
Meeting Place: 1651 Flour Bluff Dr, Corpus Christi, TX Time and Date: 1300, 4th Sun



Br# Location POC E-mail Mailing Address
159 Houston, TX Ralph Schmidt RSchmidtPNP@aol.com 10719 Gilford Crest Dr, Spring, TX 77379-3072
Meeting Place: 4810 Pine Ave, Pasadena, TX Time and Date: 1400, 2nd Sun


Br# Location POC E-mail Mailing Address
201 Austin, TX Charley Randall, II charleyrandall@bigfoot.com PO Box 723, Austin, TX 78767-0723
Meeting Place: IHOP, 14310 N Interstate 35, Pflugerville, TX Time and Date: 1900, 2nd Sat


Br# Location POC E-mail Mailing Address
203 San Antonio, TX Dewey Scarborough dewey@ktc.com 328 Loma Vista Dt, Kerrville, TX 78028-6141
Meeting Place: 2002 W Ridgewood Ct, San Antonio, TX Time and Date: 1430, 4th Sun


Br# Location POC E-mail Mailing Address
239 Longview, TX Troy Poteet tpoteet@sbcglobal.net 111 Katy St, Longview, TX 75605-6169
Meeting Place: Masonic Lodge 404, 436 N Center St, Longview, TX Time and Date: 1400, 3rd Sat


Br# Location POC E-mail Mailing Address
295 San Angelo, TX Terry Cook tnmc99@suddenlink.net 3002 Canyon Creek Dr, San Angelo, TX 76904-6912
Meeting Place: VFW, 125 S Browning St, San Angelo, TX Time and Date: 1900, 2nd Mon


Br# Location POC E-mail Mailing Address
303 Sherman, TX Arthur Ellison, Jr none 101 Raintree Rd, Bells, TX 75414-2363
Meeting Place: VFW, Frisco Rd & Baker St, Sherman, TX Time and Date: 1900, 4th Mon




FRA is proud to support America's future leaders by awarding more than $100,000 annually in scholarships to deserving students. Awardees are selected based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities. FRA scholarships are awarded to FRA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren.

FRA makes scholarship applications available from 1 September thru 15 April each year for the following school year. Scholarship deadline: APPLICATIONS POSTMARKED LATER THAN 15 APRIL will not be considered.

All applicants are considered for any scholarship the FRA is able to offer during a specific year, provided the applicant meets the eligibility requirement for the award (based on the desires of the donor).

Applicants are encouraged to be attentive to detail and complete all portions of the application.

Scholarship recipients are notified in writing and by telephone. FRA only notifies the applicants who have been selected to receive a scholarship. FRA awards the following scholarships each year:

The FRA Scholarship

One award of $5,000.

Colonel Hazel Elizabeth Benn, USMC Scholarship

Provides scholarships of $2,000 for unmarried dependent children of persons who have served or are now serving in the United States Navy as enlisted medical personnel assigned to and serving with the United States Marine Corps.

The Schuyler S. Pyle Scholarship

One award of $5,000.

The Robert W. Nolan Emeritus Scholarship
The Glenn F. Glezen Scholarship
The Joseph R. Baranski Emeritus Scholarship

Three separate awards of $5,000 each. Preference is given to applicants enrolled in courses of study at the post-graduate (masters/doctorate) level.

The Stanley A. Doran Memorial Scholarship

One award; amount varies from year to year. Only children of FRA members in good standing are eligible for this award.

Corporate Sponsored Scholarships

FRA�s affinity partners join us in supporting higher education. Each year FRA is able to award numerous scholarships through the generosity of our corporate partners.

All scholarship monies donated to the FRA are given to students in the form of scholarships. No part of any donation received is used for scholarship administration.


Other scholarship programs related to FRA membership are:


The Walter E. Beall Scholarship

FRA's Past Regional Presidents administer a scholarship for students who aspire to further their education in aeronautical engineering or pursue aviation-oriented degrees. These scholarships are derived from the estate of Past Regional President Southeast Walter Beall. Applications for the Walter E. Beall Scholarships are available by writing to: Walter E. Beall Scholarship, 4911 Fennell Court, Suffolk, VA 23435, Attn: W. R. Holcombe. Requests can also be submitted via e-mail to prp.inc2@verizon.net. Applications for the Beall Scholarship must be sent to the above address and be postmarked no later than 15 April. For more details visit www.walterbeallscholarship.org.

The LA FRA Scholarships

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA) also sponsors an annual scholarship program. Applications for FRA scholarships can be used to apply for LA FRA scholarships; however applicants who apply for both FRA and LA FRA awards must submit separate application packages. (All applicants must check the FRA or LA FRA scholarship box on Part A of the application and address the package to the appropriate organization. Never check both boxes or your application may be disqualified.) See www.la-fra.org.

Branch and Unit Awards

Check with your local FRA branch or LA FRA unit to see if they sponsor a local scholarship program.

Common Pitfalls

Each year, the Scholarship Selection Committee must disqualify many worthy applicants because they (or their parents/sponsors) fail to complete the application properly. The committee encourages all applicants to review the application thoroughly and complete all portions.

Some common reasons applications are rejected include:

1. Applicants fail to read and follow the rules cited on Page 1 Part A or follow the Instructions cited on Page 1 Part B.

2. Sponsors/parents/heads of household/applicants do not complete the financial portion of the application, or the information is obviously inaccurate. Common errors include crossing out the entire page and/or writing �Not Applicable� on it. Financial need is a selection criterion for many FRA and LA FRA scholarships.

3. Applicants fail to provide the FRA/LA FRA membership information requested, i.e. sponsor�s name, FRA status, and dependent status.