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Chapter Scholarships - Southeast United States


Huntsville Chapter

In 2014, Chapter 198 continued its focus on veterans, STEM and educators. The $2,500 AFCEA Scholarship for Veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom Operations was awarded to Antonio Moore, a local veteran who is studying at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The AFCEA Educational Foundation’s STEM Teachers for America’s Future $5,000 Scholarship was awarded to Esther Alexis, a sophomore mathematics education major attending Oakwood University in Huntsville. Alexis was selected by the Montgomery Chapter for this scholarship; Mid-South Regional Vice President Tom Gwaltney came to Huntsville in September to make the award presentation. A $1,000 scholarship was presented to Jayana Lewis, a local graduating high school senior from Johnson High School who is now attending Clark University with the help of this scholarship. A $1,000 STEM Teaching Tools grant was awarded to Yvonne Sanderson at McNair Middle School, which will help her prepare a team for the upcoming Vex Robotics competition. Along with the scholarships and grant, Chapter 198 continued its tradition of supporting the local Alabama Science and Engineering Fair and the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair by providing volunteer judges and $2,000 in donations and special awards. The chapter could not offer these scholarships and donations without the help of its members and corporate partners. Chapter 198 sends a special thank you to Corporate Office Properties Trust for its generous 2014 donation to the AFCEA Educational Foundation. Scholarship application packages have been sent to local universities, and in December, Chapter 198 intends to award two $2,500 local scholarships to deserving college students. In 2015, Chapter 198 will continue to offer the local community informative luncheon speakers and support high-tech conferences. The chapter looks forward to continuing its support of local science fairs and competitions as well as STEM programs in local schools and colleges through its scholarships and, more importantly, through its volunteers, who continue to be active in the community.

Contact: Bruce W. Shaw



Montgomery Chapter

One Joan Bowden Scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded to an ROTC student in the AFCEA Mid-South Region, selected through the AFCEA national ROTC competition. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to rising seniors pursuing information systems degrees at Auburn University at Montgomery. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to rising seniors pursuing information systems degrees at Troy State University, Montgomery. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to rising seniors pursuing information systems degrees at Alabama State University. Grants totaling approximately $30,000, to include Science Teaching Tools Grants and Chapter Initiative Grants, will be awarded for information technology projects to the Montgomery River Region Public School System. School-to-Career High School Information Technology Internship Program (ITIP) intern scholarships of $2,500 each, including a new top-of-the-line HP laptop and summer employment at AFCEA-sponsored corporations in the greater Montgomery area, will be awarded to graduating high school seniors. Donations will be made to local area robotics programs to support STEM initiatives. Two $5,000 STEM postgraduate scholarships are available for teachers in the River Region who are pursuing an advanced degree in a STEM topic and teaching in an economically disadvantaged area.

Contact: Charisse Diane Stokes, director, Education Foundation, Montgomery AFCEA Chapter, (334) 657-1883





Canaveral Chapter


Emerald Coast Chapter

The chapter awards $10,000 to $14,000 in scholarships. Scholarships will be given to students attending either a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants can be high school seniors or undergraduate or graduate students enrolled either part time or full time, majoring in a STEM career field. One Science Teacher STEM grant of $1,000 will also be awarded. Application deadlines will be advertised from March 2015 to June 2015. Details will be posted on the chapter’s website. The scholarship will be awarded in August 2015.

Contact: Glenda Robinson, (850) 882-2986




Orlando-Central Florida Chapter

Up to four scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to high school seniors in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties pursuing degrees that align with AFCEA’s mission of serving C4ISR fields. Two scholarships of $500 may be awarded to full-time students pursuing a STEM-related degree at Seminole State College.

Contact: Jason Irving, (407) 437-9747




Pensacola Chapter

One $1,000 Science Teaching Tools grant (2013-14) was awarded to Brentwood Elementary Magnet School of Communication and Technology to support a new STEM classroom initiative. Brentwood Elementary launched a program that provides a full-time teacher and classroom focused entirely on STEM activities and learning. More than 550 kindergarten through fifth-grade students are reached weekly through STEM teaching, and the Science Teaching Tools grant provided materials and support for this new endeavor.  

Contact: Tony Ferguson, vice president awards and education



South Florida Chapter

The AFCEA South Florida Chapter will award one to two scholarships in 2014-15 in amounts up to $1,000 each to eligible students enrolling in an undergraduate or graduate STEM program. Remaining monies will go to scholarship grants to local teachers to assist with purchasing teaching materials.

Contact: Bill Lawless, scholarship chair, (631) 767-9114



Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter

Science teacher grants: Grants of varying amounts will be awarded to teachers actively teaching in science classrooms at the elementary, middle and secondary school grades for the purpose of enhancing or supplementing STEM curricula. Priority is given to applications related to electronics, electronic communications, computer science, computer technology, engineering, mathematics or physics. Education scholarships: Scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded to high school seniors, college students and students at technical or vocational institutions studying electronics, electronic communications, electrical engineering, information systems, computer science, computer technology, physics or mathematics. Special consideration is given to applicants who are affiliated with the military, ROTC or AFCEA. STEM Teacher Scholarships and Teaching Tools grants: Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree (minimum second-year student), graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school. In addition, each graduating STEM Teacher Scholar will receive a $1,000 Science Teaching Tools grant each year he or she is in the classroom, for three years, on the condition he or she continues teaching a STEM subject.

Contact: Senton Pojani, Scholarship Committee chair





Atlanta Chapter

One scholarship will be awarded to Atlanta-area college students. The application deadline is March 10, 2015. In addition, Science Teaching Tools grants totaling $5,000 will be awarded to deserving teachers; $700 will be given to science fair students and teachers; and $750 will be distributed in ROTC awards.Contact: Julie Goetz, (404) 682-5854


Contact: Kathy Swacina, (404) 407-7970



Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter

The Lt. Gen. Douglas D. Buchholz Memorial Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship awarded annually to one competitively selected Fort Gordon enlisted service member or prior service enlisted veteran from any branch of service. The application period typically runs from October to December, and the scholarship is presented during the Fort Gordon Installation Award Ceremony in January. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of General Dynamics C4 Systems.


The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) High School and College Education Scholarships (CSRA STEM Scholarships) are awarded in amounts up to $1,500 for high school seniors and undergraduate college students from the CSRA who are pursuing degrees in any of the STEM disciplines. The CSRA STEM Scholarship application period typically runs from January to March, and the award is presented to the student during a high school honors ceremony or other event.


The Lt. Col. Jerry Lapp Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to the highest evaluated high school applicant for the CSRA STEM High School Scholarship described above. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Engineering Solutions and Products (ESP) Inc.


The Augusta Technical College (ATC) Student Chapter Scholarship is funded at $1,000 annually and is available for students from ATC who are pursuing technical degrees that are consistent with the mission of AFCEA.


In addition, the chapter offers STEM Teaching Tool (STT) grants of up to $750 to CSRA-based teachers to purchase materials in support of computer, mathematics and physical science laboratory classroom activities and experiments. The STT grant application period runs from October 1 to November 30, with grants being presented in early January.

Contact: Horace Carney or Brenda Howard

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Middle Georgia Chapter


ArkLaTex Chapter



Gulf Coast Chapter

Two $500 Science Teaching Tools awards will be presented to science educators in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region at the elementary, junior high school and high school levels. Two $512 scholarships will be presented to deserving graduating high school seniors pursuing undergraduate degrees in eligible majors such as electrical, chemical, systems or aerospace engineering; mathematics, physics, science or mathematics education; computer science; or technology management.

Contact: Capt. Colby B. Clark, USAF, (228) 377-3566



North Carolina

North Carolina Chapter

The North Carolina Chapter is thrilled to support and encourage the development of the country’s next generation of technology leaders. This year the chapter presented two scholarships of $2,500 each to local college students. In addition, it presented $5,000 in STEM grants to eight teachers in the local Fayetteville/Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, area, enabling the purchase of essential equipment and supplies for improving their science and technology programs, from microscopes to books to parts for robotics teams. The chapter looks forward to providing scholarships and STEM grants again next year. Look for more information and instructions on the website.

Contact: Peggy Henderson (scholarships: or Georgia Popp (STEM grants:



South Carolina

South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter

The South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter once again completed a very successful campaign to provide scholarships to qualified high school seniors in the Charleston area who will be pursuing degrees in science, technology and engineering. This year, as in the past several years, the chapter provided 25 local students with $3,000 to start them on their technical careers. This was highly competitive this year; 25 awardees were selected from 45 applicants The funding for these scholarships is provided by two golf tournaments held each year in the Charleston area. For 2014, the chapter will be reviewing the current process to expand its offering to successful students currently enrolled in college to help ensure that they have the resources to complete their degree. The chapter also plans to expand its support into other STEM areas in the local community in 2014.

Application deadline will be in April 2014 with scholarships awarded in May 2014.

Contact: Bruce Thackston, (843) 743-7614



Virginia (southern half)

Central Virginia Chapter

The Central Virginia Chapter of AFCEA continues to build its member base and has contributed to STEM education initiatives since chartering in 2010. The chapter remains more than 200 members strong and includes members from student chapters at Liberty University and James Madison University. It is strategizing on expanding by forming student chapters at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. The chapter awards grants to local science teachers as well as scholarships to local students studying STEM subjects. The chapter collaborated with two local companies, SRC and Battelle, to create its first STEM scholarship for women and minorities. The inaugural awards were made in mid-2014, and plans are already in place to make this an annual scholarship. The chapter’s monthly luncheons continue to attract top-notch speakers from the intelligence community, the Department of Defense and local leaders in STEM education initiatives. 

Contact: Adrian Felts, (434) 227-9066



Hampton Roads Chapter

The chapter plans to award $20,000 in undergraduate scholarships and renewals to students enrolled or accepted for full-time enrollment in accredited four-year colleges or universities in academic programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in any of the STEM disciplines that support AFCEA’s focus on communications, electronics, information technology and intelligence systems. Details of eligibility, renewal criteria, application and deadlines for submission of applications are available at the chapter website.

Contact: Arthur B. Hernandez, (757) 320-6401




Quantico-Potomac Chapter

The AFCEA Quantico-Potomac Chapter plans to award up to 15 $2,000 high school senior scholarships and six $2,000 undergraduate scholarships in May 2015 to outstanding students from Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, including Marine Corps Base Quantico and the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg. Subject to the availability of funds and quality of applications, scholarships will be awarded to full-time students enrolled for the 2015-16 academic year in a course of study at an accredited four-year college or university that leads to a bachelor’s degree in one of the STEM disciplines that will prepare them for a professional career supporting AFCEA’s focus on military communications, electronics, information technology and intelligence systems.


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