Chapter Scholarships - Northeast United States
The Aberdeen Chapter will award four college scholarships worth $4,000 each to graduating high school seniors from Cecil and Harford counties in Maryland, two college scholarships worth $2,000 each to students from Cecil and Harford Community Colleges enrolling in four-year universities and one scholarship worth $5,000 to one local teacher continuing his or her education in support of STEM.
Contact: Jeffrey S. Murter, (443) 402-9097
In fiscal year 2011-2012 AFCEA Bethesda awarded $86,000 in grant funds to its educational partners on top of its annual $131,000 scholarship contribution to the University of Maryland Shady Grove and Montgomery College as well as AFCEA International and Montgomery County High School. The additional grant money funded four new programs – the AFCEA Bethesda Program Grant, the AFCEA Bethesda Computer Science Connect Grant, the AFCEA International Teacher Grant, the AFCEA/UMCP STEM Scholars Grant – and it will financially support the Innovative Minds of Tomorrow Institute. These grants are intended to promote an interest in STEM, with a special focus on the middle school female demographic. In June and July 2012, the AFCEA Bethesda Computer Science Connect Grant allowed 19 seventh grade students to attend a three-week-long day camp at the University of Maryland College Park, where they learned programming and advanced software skills. Since 2009, AFCEA Bethesda has awarded a total of $450,000 in scholarships.
“The Computer Science Connect grant has also facilitated a relationship with our Program Grant recipients to participate in Sonya Kovalevsky Day hosted by Montgomery College,” said Mike Priddy, VP of Education for AFCEA Bethesda. “It’s great to see our grant recipients form partnerships with one another. Building STEM interest in the younger generation is best started with a strong foundation of support throughout the community.”
Contact: Michael Priddy, (240) 599-9300
Central Maryland Chapter
Thirteen scholarships will be presented for studies in mathematics, computer science, engineering and technology disciplines. Twelve scholarships (nine Capt. Skinner, one Timothy Sheahan, one George Cotter and one Women in Technology—each for $10,000 over a four-year period) will be awarded to high school seniors in Baltimore City and/or Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Two one-year cyber scholarships will be presented, each for $5,000. Two STEM Teacher scholarships will be awarded for $5,000, jointly by the CMD chapter and AFCEA International. Three one-year scholarships (one Women in Engineering for $2,500, one joint AFCEA-Army for $2,000 and one $3,000 Officers Wives Club scholarship) also will be awarded. These one-year scholarships are in partnership with organizations and universities in the region—the Women in Engineering DREAM Scholarship with the University of Maryland, and the joint AFCEA-Army Scholarship with the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps. In 2012, the chapter established the Freedom Scholarship to recognize graduating seniors who have overcome adversity or hardship in their personal or family life and to aid them in accomplishing their career goals. There will be two Freedom Scholarship awards in 2013, each for $10,000 over a four-year period. One $500 scholarship will be awarded at each of the chapter endowment schools: Anne Arundel Community College, Howard County Community College and University of Maryland Baltimore County. Applications must be submitted online by December 21, 2012. Applications are available through school counselors and at the chapter website.
Contact: Anne Smith, (443) 424-2663
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 any of the sciences, including computer science, electrical engineering and pre-medical 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.
Southern Maryland Chapter
The AFCEA Southern Maryland Chapter awarded six 2012 scholarships totaling $6,500 to deserving graduating seniors in June. Seniors from Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's County competed for the scholarship funds. All scholarship awards were presented at the school senior award presentation programs. In 2013, 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
Thirty-two 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 2013. 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 grades 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
The Liberty Bell (Philadelphia) Chapter will be offering a scholarship in 2011-2012 for undergraduate students who are third- and fourth-year college students with financial need, proven academic excellence in science and technology, and demonstrated patriotic character.
Contact: Tom Rachfalski
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) 730-9244
Thanks to the support of the chapter’s members and corporate partners, AFCEA Belvoir donated more than $225,000 in 2012 in grants and scholarships to area schools and deserving college students. The chapter is exceptionally proud to support its adopted school, Fort Belvoir Elementary, by supplying smart boards 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. For scholarship information, please visit the website. Applications will be accepted from March 18-April 26, 2013. Rules and criteria will be posted no later than March 18, 2013.
Contact: Reginald Vaughn, (703) 220-0854
Northern Virginia Chapter
AFCEA NOVA Educational Foundation awards several scholarships/grants each year to promote STEM education. AFCEA Educational Foundation Grant; George Mason University Foundation Grant; IT Day Contribution to Vet Scholarship Fund; Northern Virginia Community College Foundation Grant; NVCC Pathway Program; Science Fair Awards; Teaching Tools Grant Awards & Discretionary. AFCEA NOVA grant amounts vary depending on the revenues generated by the chapter. AFCEA NOVA works closely with AFCEA International on awarding these scholarships/grants. In addition to these grants, AFCEA NOVA offers merit-based scholarships to qualified students who are pursuing degrees or advanced training in various technical fields. Available to high school graduates and continuing education students. During FY12 $140,000 total was offered. Distribution is $4,000 for full-time students and $2,000 for part-time students.
Contact: Matthew Czarnecki, VP Education, (703) 389-1767.
Contact: John Skudlarek, Chairman, Scholarship Committee, (703) 477-5213.
Contact: Padam Maheshwari, Chairman, Education and Grants Committee,
AFCEA DC awards multiple scholarships to Metro-area high school seniors in the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland area in the amount of $8,000 (paid over two years) and one scholarship of $12,000 (paid over three years). Second-year students in area community colleges who are entering a four-year college may apply for one-time scholarships of $4,000. Applicants must pursue field of study in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry or management information systems.
Application information will be available on the AFCEA DC website by December 1, 2012. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15, 2013. Scholarships will be awarded in June 2013.
Contact: Tina Jordan, (703) 818-5121