The Foundation advances STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – education among national and international constituencies that are essential to your company, customers, and employees. We deliver scholarships and grants in six categories: STEM Teachers, STEM Majors, Intelligence and Cyber Security Majors, Underserved Populations, Military Personnel, and ROTC Students. We also give you ways to support innovative programs at the local level, through AFCEA’s 130 national and international chapters.
Working with the Foundation, your company will grow its STEM branding through our network of 140 universities and colleges and more than a million members of allied national teacher organizations. This network and our supporting infrastructure create for your company, in effect, your own private-label STEM initiative, one that will deliver major brand impact at a fraction of the cost you would incur in an in-house program. Our infrastructure also enables you to tailor your scholarship support to regions that are especially important to your company. Working with us also will reduce overhead and increase the impact of your investment in STEM education. If you have an existing STEM program, also investing in AFCEA's initiatives will broaden your reach and returns.
Every AFCEA scholarship is presented to its recipient in-person, by an AFCEA leader, one of more than 34,000 professional members in influential military, government, academic, and industry positions across the country and world. These leaders not only present the awards, they forge ongoing relationships with awardees. They track and encourage their progress. They work with them as mentors. This is why, in partnering with us, your company will tap into the multiplier effect of a whole new definition of STEM, a definition that encompasses Scholarships, Teachers, Equipment, and Mentoring. As a partner in the AFCEA STEM programs, leaders in your company are invited to participate in any presentation of these STEM scholarships and grants.
This is the power of the AFCEA approach to STEM … STEM raised to the second power …
The Power of STEM²
1. STEM Teachers for America's Future
The Foundation's signature program awards substantial scholarships and three years of classroom assistance grants to those studying to be STEM teachers. The program meets head-on the President's challenge that our country produce 100,000 more teachers in STEM fields over the next 10 years. Now entering its third year, the AFCEA program delivered 35 scholarships in year one and 56 in year two. Within 10 years, our goal is to award 200 scholarships annually.
2010 STEM Teacher Scholarship winner receives the first of 3 $1,000
STEM Teaching Tool grants in his middle-school classroom in Hawaii.
2. STEM Teaching Tool Grants
In addition to the STEM Teachers recipients described above, STEM Teaching Tool Grants also are presented to AFCEA Chapters for awarding to STEM teachers in their local communities. AFCEA Chapters develop strong relationships with local schools and STEM teachers through adopt-a-school and other programs. The Foundation enables Chapters to help teachers purchase instruments, equipment, lab kits, and sponsor extracurricular activities such as Robotics and Math clubs to enrich their classroom teaching. The program not only enriches student experience, it also builds prestige for individual teachers and their profession. In most cases, the Chapters award additional STEM Teaching Tool grants from their educational funds. Click here to request additional information about sponsoring this activity.
Teacher recipients gather in Augusta, Georgia, with members of the
AFCEA Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter.
3. Undergraduate Students in STEM Majors
In addition to scholarships the Foundation awards to Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, other active-duty and veteran personnel, their spouses, and dependents who are seeking undergraduate degrees, are awarded scholarships.
Click here to request additional information about sponsoring this activity.
Iraqi War veteran receives scholarship at AFCEA Chapter luncheon,
attending with his family.
4. Underserved Students in STEM majors
The Foundation supports students in STEM majors who are attending the 101 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and leadership. Click here to request additional information about sponsoring this activity.
Scholarship recipients are recognized at the AFCEA Tidewater Chapter
luncheon in summer 2011 along with a representative from the Sponsor.
Scholarships also are awarded to graduate students attending accredited colleges and universities in the United States seeking advanced degrees in STEM fields.
In another pioneering program, the Foundation works with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) to identify talented students who never thought of attending college in the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Grant Program. Once students receive their Associate's Degrees with a minimum GPA of 2.0, they are guaranteed admission to George Mason University. Click here to request additional information about sponsoring these activities.
NVCC student scholarship winners and family members are recognized
at the AFCEA Northern Virginia Chapter luncheon in fall 2011.
5. ROTC Students
AFCEA's ROTC Scholarships give your company the opportunity to position with itself more than 1,400 Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC programs on campuses across the country. Click here to request additional information about sponsoring one of these programs.
AFCEA ROTC Scholarship winner recognized during unit's All-Hands meeting.