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Chapter Scholarships - Northwest States and Pacific Region

Northwest States

Alaska Chapter

In April 2014, the Alaska Chapter awarded seven $1,000 STEM grants to schools with promising STEM programs around the state of Alaska. The chapter leveraged its partnership with local corporate sponsors to fund the grants. Alaska Communications, Verizon, Copper River IT, New Horizons Telecom, Hotwire Communications and Teamsters Local 959 all provided funds and support that resulted in seven schools receiving STEM grants: Anchorage Christian School (private school), Big Lake Elementary School (Matanuska-Susitna School District), Faith Lutheran School (private school), Girdwood K-8 School, grades five through eight (Anchorage School District), Twindly Bridge Charter School (charter school), Wasilla High School (Matanuska-Susitna School District) and Mears Middle School (Anchorage School District). The grants were used in many different ways, such as for studying weather patterns and operating a weather station, building robots and purchasing tablets and other information technology supplies to further lab studies and technology-based training. At the chapter’s annual STEM Night held at the University of Alaska Anchorage, AFCEA Alaska hosted Robert Whicker, director of the Consortium for Digital Learning at the Association of Alaska School Boards. He presented a relevant and in-depth presentation on real-world possibilities in STEM across the curriculum in Alaska K-12 education. The discussion focused on the importance of STEM in Alaska’s schools and how the schools are an exciting part of Alaska being a bridge to global projects. The event was video recorded by another sponsor, the Chariot Group, and excerpts of the evening can be viewed on the chapter’s website at The event was well-attended by more than 50 AFCEA chapter members, students and faculty of the university.

Contact: David Elder, president, AFCEA Alaska, (253) 905-5246




Pacific Region

Hawaii Chapter

The Hawaii Chapter awards a minimum of 30 scholarships to students from Hawaii in high school and college categories, ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. In 2013, the chapter’s Education Foundation awarded 36 scholarships totaling $84,000. The foundation presented six special recognition awards for outstanding achievement in community services, academics, leadership and technical competence. The Lt. Gen. Thomas Rienzi, USA (Ret.), $5,000 scholarship is given to a student planning to attend, or currently enrolled in, a Hawaii university who demonstrates consistent academic excellence, leadership and community involvement. The Donna Russell Scholarship for Distinguished Service was added this year, awarding a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled at a college or university in the state of Hawaii pursuing a teaching degree and intending to or currently teaching STEM-focused curriculum. This individual must exemplify an outstanding commitment to education and STEM communities. The foundation is also a major contributor to and supporter of the Hawaii Science and Engineering Fair, Hawaii State Science Olympiad, multiple robotics programs and the Cyber Patriot Cyber Defense competition. The Science and Technology Tools grant program supports these various STEM and robotics programs throughout the islands.

Contact: Jane Ferreira, Executive Director – Education Initiatives




Marianas Chapter

In its sixth year since re-forming, the Marianas Chapter continues to invest in STEM education initiatives with K-12 STEM grants and college scholarships. These grants also are extended to deserving elementary, middle or high school STEM teachers to purchase consumable supplies or equipment that would augment science, information technology engineering or mathematics activities in the classroom. Grants also assist deserving enlisted personnel and college/university students with their out-of-pocket education expenses as they work toward STEM-focused bachelor’s degrees. This year, the Marianas Chapter presented a total of $10,000 in STEM grants to deserving students, educators and enlisted/active duty/veterans. The chapter also held its first science fair in conjunction with its annual Marianas TechNet titled “Green and Innovative Technology That Can Help Our Island,” in which there was participation from schools and educators across the island. 

Contact: Marilyn Borja





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