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Chapter Scholarships - Northeast United States



Aberdeen Chapter

The chapter will award multiple college scholarships worth $4,000 each to graduating high school seniors from Cecil and Harford counties in Maryland as well as at least one transfer college scholarship worth $2,000 to students from Cecil and Harford community colleges enrolling in four-year universities and majoring in a STEM-related field. For teachers in Harford and Cecil counties, the chapter will provide one scholarship worth $5,000 to one local teacher continuing his or her education in support of STEM (with a matching scholarship from AFCEA International Educational Foundation) and Science Teacher Toolkit Awards of up to $2,000 each.

Contact: Jeffrey S. Murter, (443) 402-9097



Bethesda Chapter

In fiscal year 2014, AFCEA Bethesda awarded $252,000 in grant and scholarship funds to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS); independent schools represented by Bullis, Montgomery College (MC), the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP); and AFCEA International. Engineering, computer science and cybersecurity scholarships were given to 21 students at UMCP, 11 students at MC and 21 students at USG. MCPS used its funds to support scholarships for students from the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) to attend college or other postsecondary schools and to help students attain industry-standard Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) certifications. With 2014 funding, Bullis began work it will complete in early 2015 to study, report and share findings on programming that demonstrates K-12 best practices for engaging student success in STEM. This effort is designed to spur increased collaboration and joint programming between Independent Education, MCPS, MC, UMCP and USG. The AFCEA International funding supported five STEM master’s degree scholarships for lower and middle school teachers in Montgomery County, Maryland. This allowed teachers who were not credentialed with STEM degrees to pick up computer science or math-related degrees in support of STEM education. For the third year in a row, funds were provided to the Computer Science Connect program at UMCP and the Sonya Kovalevsky Program at MC. Computer Science Connect is an outreach program that encourages young women and underrepresented populations to explore computer science. Three two-week camps were held in which 55 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students learned the fundamentals of computational thinking, problem solving and programming skills. The Sonya Kovalevsky Program builds STEM interest among middle school girls through fun activities, field trips and presentations by female STEM role models. Approximately 60 girls participated in the Sonya Kovalevsky Program in 2014. 

Contact: Sandy Samuel, (301) 640-3437



Central Maryland Chapter

The chapter offers a variety of scholarships and grants, including scholarships for graduating high school seniors, scholarships for students at chapter endowment schools and grants to STEM programs at the high school level. In May 2014, the chapter awarded a record 18 scholarships to students and 16 scholarships and grants to schools and teachers, totaling about $175,000. Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree from a college or university for studies in mathematics, computer science, engineering or technology disciplines can apply for chapter scholarships. Students from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and northern Prince George’s counties are eligible. Twelve merit scholarships for $10,000 each, paid out evenly over a four-year period, are available. Also awarded are two cyber scholarships based on merit, each for a one-time payment of $5,000, and two Freedom Scholarships for $10,000 each, paid out evenly over a four-year period. The Freedom Scholarship recognizes graduating seniors who have overcome adversity or hardship in their personal lives and, because of this hardship or adversity, may not have been able to perform up to their full potential in high school. One DREAM scholarship, based on merit, is given for a one-time payment of $2,500. This scholarship is in partnership with the Women in Engineering at the University of Maryland. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is December 19. Applications are available through school counselors and at the chapter website. The chapter also will award a $500 scholarship to each of its endowment schools, which include Anne Arundel Community College, Howard Community College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The chapter’s STEM Kickstarter Program provides funding grants of $500 to $5,000 to deserving schools in the central Maryland region (Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and northern Prince George’s counties) for initiatives focused on STEM-related disciplines. STEM Kickstarter replaces the Adopt-A-School and Teaching Toolkit awards.

Contact: Jessica Morgenstern, (410) 215-8249



Frederick Chapter

The Frederick Chapter will award two scholarships worth $1,000 each to graduating high school seniors from Frederick County in Maryland with intent to major in a STEM curriculum, including computer science, electrical engineering and premedical curriculums. A one-page written essay is requested for evaluation of candidates. The subject matter of the essay should explain why the student is pursuing a particular curriculum.

Contact: Steve Lamberson



Southern Maryland Chapter

The AFCEA Southern Maryland Chapter awarded five 2013 scholarships totaling $6,500 to deserving graduating seniors in June. Seniors from Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties competed for the scholarship funds. All scholarship awards were presented at the school senior award presentation programs. In 2014, the chapter looks to continue supporting Southern Maryland’s graduating seniors with three to six scholarships of $500 to $1,500.

Contact: Barbara Ives, (240) 925-4416




Lexington-Concord Chapter

Approximately 30 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to high school seniors, including summer employment at AFCEA-sponsored corporations in the Boston area. An additional $1,000 will be presented to the top student. Apply through high school guidance counselors’ offices in January 2015. Twenty-one ROTC scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to students at universities in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, and an additional $1,000 will go to the most qualified student. Nominations are made by ROTC units in February or March of each year. A total of $2,500 will be provided to the Hanscom Air Force Base enlisted community to defer the cost of books and fees for continuing education. Enlisted members should contact the base education office.

Contact: Claire Goulet, (781) 676-7344



The Science Teaching Tools grant is a program sponsored by the AFCEA Educational Foundation to promote effective science teaching and stimulate student interest in technology in K-12 schools nationwide. The AFCEA Lexington-Concord Chapter matches the Educational Foundation award to bring the total grant up to a maximum of $2,000. Grants can be used to pay for software, test equipment and books needed in the classroom. Last year, the chapter presented two awards of $2,000 each to two deserving high schools in the Boston area.

Contact: Jay Kanavos



New Jersey

Fort Monmouth Chapter

New York

Erie Canal Chapter

With $35,000 available in scholarship funds, scholarships of up to $3,000 will be awarded to graduating senior high school and college students in all of New York state outside of the greater New York City region, from Albany to Buffalo to Binghamton. Additional information is available online.

Contact: Rick Lockridge, (315) 430-1497




Virginia (northern half)

Belvoir Chapter

Thanks to the support of the chapter’s members and corporate partners, AFCEA Belvoir donated more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships to area schools and deserving college students in 2014. The chapter is exceptionally proud to support its adopted school, Fort Belvoir Elementary, by supplying Smartboards for every classroom as well as a state-of-the-art computer science lab that puts these students at the forefront of technology in STEM areas. The Belvoir Chapter also provides science fair judges and prizes for the Prince William County Science Fair and holds an education luncheon in May every year. For scholarship information, please visit the website. Applications will be accepted in the March 2015 time frame.   

Contact: Reginald Vaughn, (703) 220-0854




Northern Virginia Chapter

The AFCEA NOVA Educational Foundation awards scholarships and grants each year to promote STEM education. These include: AFCEA Educational Foundation grants; George Mason University Foundation grants; veteran scholarships; Northern Virginia Community College Foundation grants; the NVCC Pathway Program; Science Fair Awards; and Teaching Tools grants. AFCEA NOVA grant amounts vary depending on the revenues generated by the chapter. In addition, AFCEA NOVA offers merit-based scholarships to qualified students who are pursuing degrees at accredited colleges and universities. AFCEA NOVA has provided more than $1 million in scholarship funding. Awards are $2,000 for full-time students and $1,000 for part-time students.

Contact: Kelly Edington, chair, Scholarship Committee


Contact: Bill Krayer, vice president education





Washington, D.C.

AFCEA Washington, DC awards multiple single-year standard scholarships of $4,000 each and one single-year scholarship of $8,000 to high school seniors in the Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and Maryland area. Second-year students in area community colleges who are entering a four-year college may apply for one-time scholarships of $2,000. Scholarship awards are provided to qualified students pursuing degrees in the C4I-related fields of engineering (electrical, computer, chemical, aerospace or systems); electronics; mathematics; computer science; physics; science education; mathematics education; technology management; or management information systems. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15, 2015. Scholarships will be awarded in June 2015.

Contact: Ron Ross, (571) 643-9555



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