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Alaska Chapter

In 2013, the Alaska Chapter awarded four $1,000 STEM grants to STEM teachers around the state of Alaska. The chapter leveraged its local corporate sponsorships to fund the grants. It partnered with Alaska Communications, Gonzalez Marketing, New Horizons Telecommunications, Hotwire Communications and Teamsters Local 959 to present scholarships to one private school (Anchorage Christian School), one for the Anchorage School District (Polaris K-12 School), one for the Matanuska-Susitna School District (Pioneer Peak Elementary School) and one rural school (Kotlik School in the Yukon School District). The funds were used for such diverse STEM projects as purchasing Lego Mindstorms robotics kits supporting a talented and gifted program (TAG), contributing to the purchase of equipment for biological research under a biotechnology training and preparatory program (BioTaPP) for grades 9-12, and supporting the purchase of a starter package of Probes and Sensors for STEM-based science activities. In April, the chapter also hosted Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who spoke to 50 AFCEA chapter members, students and faculty at the University of Alaska-Anchorage about the critical importance of STEM to the state. The board’s  goal is to increase the amount of grants available across the state this year, supporting Lt. Gov. Treadwell’s vision of developing a robust array of technical minds in the state of Alaska.

Contact: SMSgt Kevin Brandon, (907) 952-7467



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

The Marianas Chapter continues to invest in STEM educational initiatives with K-12 STEM Grants and also a new category of grants for military members pursuing a secondary education in a STEM-related field. In 2013, the chapter awarded 11 grants of $1,000 each for its largest total award of $11,000. These grants were presented directly to teachers promoting local science, technology, engineering and math programs in classrooms across the island. This method of direct-to-the-teachers continues to prove to be the most effective means of getting the assistance to the people who make the most difference. In addition, the chapter established a new category this year and awarded a $250 grant to an Air Force staff sergeant who is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in the STEM arena. In April 2013 the chapter formally awarded the grants to the teachers and a new Bachelor’s Degree STEM Grant at the closing ceremony of the 2013 Marianas TechNet. The chapter appreciates all the support from both on and off-island vendors each year at Marianas TechNet, which allows the chapter to continue to grow this program.

Contact: Cope Leuenberger or Tom Borja




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