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Huntsville Chapter

Scholarships, grants and awards of varying amounts will be awarded to outstanding scholars, working professionals and warfighters, and financial assistance will be provided to further the educational goals in the hard science disciplines including, but not limited to, electrical or computer engineering, physics, mathematics and computer science. In 2014, the chapter will continue its relationship with regional educational institutions to award scholarships of varying amounts to deserving students, supported by an annual scholarship drive to raise monies for the region. The chapter will also sponsor cash prizes for local STEM-related competitions and awarding a deserving teacher $1,000 to continue educating elementary students on STEM-related curriculum.

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.

One Mort Marks Memorial Scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded to an ROTC student in the AFCEA Mid-South Region, specifically within the state of Alabama, selected through the AFCEA national ROTC competition.

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing information systems degrees at Auburn University Montgomery.

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing information systems degrees at Troy State University Montgomery.

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing information systems degrees at Alabama State University.

Grants totaling more than $30,000 will be awarded for information technology projects to the Montgomery River Region Public School System to include Science Teaching Tools grants and Chapter Initiative grants.

Five School-to-Career 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 valued at $5,000 each will be made to local area robotics programs to support STEM initiatives.

The chapter also will sponsor robotics instructors to attend the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy to help develop local robotics programs.

Two $5,000 STEM postgraduate scholarships are available for teachers in the River Region who are pursuing an advanced degree in a STEM area.

Contact: Charisse Diane Stokes, (334) 657-1883





Canaveral Chapter

The Canaveral Chapter invests its scholarship funds in multiple $1,500 awards to the STEM Teaching Tools Awards program in the Brevard County, Florida, school system. This past year the chapter presented seven awards and has plans for the same offering this coming year. Further information on the number of awards available and the award application process is available on the chapter’s website.

Contact: AFCEA Canaveral Chapter, scholarships chairman



Emerald Coast Chapter

Awarding $14,000 in scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to students attending either a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants can be a high school senior or undergraduate or graduate student enrolled either part time or full time majoring in a STEM career field. One Science Teacher STEM grant of $2,000 will also be awarded. Application deadlines will be advertised from February 2014 to April 2014. Details will be posted on the chapter’s website. The scholarship will be awarded in May 2014.

Contact: Glenda Robinson, (850) 882-2986

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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 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) 965-2596



Pensacola Chapter

One $2,000 Science Teaching Tools grant (2012-2013) was awarded, a joint effort between the individual Blue Angels Pensacola Chapter and the AFCEA Educational Foundation to creatively promote effective science teaching and to enhance the abilities of capable teachers in K-12 schools to the National Flight Academy. The National Flight Academy, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Inc., is authorized but not endorsed or funded by the U.S. Navy or the U.S. government. One $1,000 Science Teaching Tools grant (2013-2014) will be awarded, upon new board membership installation and review of qualified candidates.

Contact: Robyn S. Philips, VP Awards and Education/PAO



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 they are in the classroom for three years on the condition they continue teaching a STEM subject. Applications must be submitted to the website by the posted deadline of April 1, 2014.

Contact: Brandt Cosgrove, Scholarship Committee chair





Atlanta Chapter

One scholarship will be awarded to Atlanta-area college students. Application deadline is March 10, 2014. Scholarships will be presented at a Warfighters Signal Conference luncheon on April 24, 2014. In addition, Science Teaching Tools grants totaling $5,000 will be awarded to deserving teachers; $700 will be awarded to science fair students and teachers and $750 in ROTC Awards.

Contact: Francis Mazzocchi, (770) 493-7659


Contact: Mitchell Abel, (301) 741-5655



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 scholarship application period typically runs from October to December and 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 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 is presented to the student during a high school honors ceremony or other event.


The Lt. Col. Jerry Lapp Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 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 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 for the purchase of materials in support of computer, mathematics and physical science laboratory classroom activities and experiments. The STT grant application period typically runs from October to December with grants being presented in early January.

Contact: Horace Carney

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Middle Georgia Chapter


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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 high school 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: Master Sgt. Scott A. Fridinger, USAF, (228) 377-3769



North Carolina

North Carolina Chapter

The North Carolina chapter is thrilled to support and encourage the development of the next generation of technology leaders for the country. This year the chapter presented two scholarships of $2,500 each to local college students. In addition, it presented $10,000 in STEM grants to teachers in the local Fayetteville/Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area. The chapter looks forward to providing scholarship and STEM grants again next year. Look for more information and instructions on the website.

Contact: Donna Duhart (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 contribute to STEM education initiatives since chartering in 2010. To date, the chapter is more than 200 members strong and includes members from student chapters at Liberty University and James Madison University. The chapter is also working on creating student chapters at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. In late 2012 and early 2013, the chapter awarded grants to local science teachers and provided cash awards to the teachers of first-place winners of the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair. 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 currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time students 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: Mary K. Yager, (757) 373-2015




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 2014 to outstanding students from the area of 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 students enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic year as full-time students 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 the student for a professional career supporting AFCEA’s focus on military communications, electronics, information technology and intelligence systems.

Contact: Donald Hom, (540) 658-1146, ext. 310

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Tidewater Chapter


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