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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - May 20, 2014
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Education Foundation Recognizes Local Students

In May, the chapter's Education Foundation hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon in conjunction with the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, Montgomery, Alabama. The event highlighted the tenacious efforts of hard-working students from the River Region, with nearly $40,000 awarded among them. The chapter awarded five graduating high school seniors with a High School Information Technology Summer Internship: Evan Brand, Taylor Hopper, Jared Hunter, Guillermo Ravelo and Jayron Wilkerson. Each winner was awarded a $2,500 college scholarship, a top-of-the-line HP laptop, and a 10-week paid internship valued at $3,500 with one of the following companies: Array Information Technologies, Disruptive Technologies, eSolution Architects, Integrated Computer Solutions, and IndraSoft. Additionally, the chapter awarded each of the following four local rising college seniors an Education For Industry scholarship valued at $5,000: Gerard Crawford, Troy University; Cordarius King, Alabama State University; Keimargeo McQueen, Troy University; and Brianna Moore, Alabama State University. The chapter also awarded a $5,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) scholarship to Dr. Melvin A. Lowe III, education coordinator and workforce development administrator, Macon County Career and Technical Education Center. The chapter awards concluded with the presentation of donations valued at $2,500 to deserving robotics programs at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School and Floyd Middle Magnet High School. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presided over the event with the assistance of Eric Sloan, chapter vice president. The event left no seat vacant with a full house of industry, government and military professionals, and provided a superb opportunity for corporate donors to see exactly how their generous support continues to provide for deserving students in the River Region. One corporate donor, Google, took the opportunity to make its donation during the ceremony itself. Tom Wojszynski, co-manager, Department of Defense Business, Google, and MITS panelist, made a presentation on behalf of Google in the form of a $1,500 donation to the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation to support growth of STEM education and educational opportunities for students in the Montgomery area. The chapter extends a sincere thank you to both Google and to IBM, the corporate sponsor for the luncheon event. The Annual Awards Luncheon was overall a major success, and the chapter extends many thanks to all corporate sponsors who graciously made donations to enable the chapter's Education Foundation to further STEM-education initiatives in the River Region.

Event Photographs:

In May, Taylor Hopper (2nd from r) accepts his High School Information Technology Summer Internship award from Charisse Stokes (far l), director of the chapter's Education Foundation. Alongside Hopper are Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF, chapter president, and Hopper's corporate sponsor, Jon Dittmer of Array Information Technology.
In May, Taylor Hopper (2nd from r) accepts his High School Information Technology Summer Internship award from Charisse Stokes (far l), director of the chapter's Education Foundation. Alongside Hopper are Lt. Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF, chapter president, and Hopper's corporate sponsor, Jon Dittmer of Array Information Technology.
Gerard Crawford (c), a rising senior at Troy University, accepts his Education For Industry scholarship presented by Stokes (l) and Lt. Col. Boothe in May.
Gerard Crawford (c), a rising senior at Troy University, accepts his Education For Industry scholarship presented by Stokes (l) and Lt. Col. Boothe in May.
In May, Dena Moncrief (c) accepts a $2,500 Robotics donation on behalf of Floyd Middle Magnet School's Technology Student Association from Stokes (l) and Lt. Col. Boothe.
In May, Dena Moncrief (c) accepts a $2,500 Robotics donation on behalf of Floyd Middle Magnet School's Technology Student Association from Stokes (l) and Lt. Col. Boothe.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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