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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q1. Who is eligible for the AFCEA STEM Teachers Scholarships?

A1. Students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school are eligible.  (For complete explanation of eligibility requirements, see here)


Q2. What does “overall GPA” mean?


A2. This means your grade point average of all coursework to date in the undergraduate, graduate, or credential/licensure program in which you currently are enrolled.  For those who are starting their first semester of graduate school, it would be the final GPA of your last completed higher education program.

Q3. What is the deadline for applications?

A3. Applications are due by midnight U.S. Eastern Time on Sunday, April 1, 2013. NOTE:  All supporting documents including letters of recommendation and transcripts are also due at this time.


Q4. How do I apply for the AFECA STEM Teaching Scholarships?

A4. Visit the scholarship Web site for further details, proceed to the online application form and complete it by the deadline date above.


Q5. My university will not send transcripts through email or online.  What should I do?

Obtain an official or Student Copy of your transcript issued by the school Registrar’s Office (online print-outs are not accepted) and send it by mail to arrive by the deadline date to:  AFCEA Educational Foundation, 4400 Fair Lakes Court, Fairfax, VA  22033. 

Q6. What is meant by a “traditional student” as an eligibility requirement?

The student must be attending classes in person, not through a distance learning or online program.


Q7. Am I eligible if only a few of my credits are earned through distance learning or on-line classes?

A7. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Contact the AFCEA Educational Foundation office by Email.


Q8. My reference did not get an email with instructions on submitting their letter of recommendation.  How can they submit a recommendation?

Ask your endorser to first check their spam folder.  If the email still cannot be located, ask them to prepare the letter on official letterhead, sign it and scan it into pdf format, then send an Email to arrive by the deadline date.

Q9. I am enrolled in a master’s program but have not started classes yet.  Am I eligible? Which transcript should I submit?

A9. If you are enrolled in at least 2 classes in an eligible graduate program on the deadline date, you are eligible for the Stem Teacher’s Scholarship.  If you don’t have a graduate level transcript yet, your final undergraduate transcript will be accepted.


Q10. When am I eligible for a Science Teaching Tools Grant?

A10. After graduating and securing a STEM teaching position in a U.S. middle or high school, Stem Teachers Scholarship recipients may apply for a $1,000 Science Teaching Tools Grant by contacting the AFCEA Educational Foundation office.  Recipients who remain teaching a STEM subject in a U.S. middle or high school are eligible to receive the grant for up to 3 years.


Q11. Who is AFCEA International?  What is the AFCEA Education Foundation?

A11. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. For more information, visit


The AFCEA Educational Foundation works closely with AFCEA chapters, raises funds, and provides leadership, guidance, and rewards to help motivate more students to become scientists, engineers, teachers and information technology professionals. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities, and assistance for students and teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines (broadly known as STEM). In 2009 the AFCEA Educational Foundation, together with AFCEA Chapters, awarded more than $1.5M in scholarships and grants. The AFCEA Educational Foundation has been granting scholarships and grants to college students in STEM disciplines for 30 years.


Q12. If I have other questions about the program or application process, who can I contact?

A12. Email us with your question(s).  Please allow a few days for a response in case the Education Foundation staff is occupied at a conference or other activity.



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