April 1, 2019
Col. Kathy Swacina, USA (Ret.) (c), receives the 2019 Women’s Appreciation Award from DeEtte Gray, AFCEA chairwoman of the board, and Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO.

Col. Kathy Swacina, USA (Ret.), and her husband Lt. Col. Dan Swacina, USA (Ret.), have generously donated $15,000 to endow a new scholarship for female students in Georgia who are majoring in STEM.

The Col. Kathleen Swacina Scholarship will be awarded to one deserving female student each year in the amount of $1,000. The program will be open to students majoring in STEM subjects and enrolled full-time as an undergraduate at a college or university in the state of Georgia. Students may attend a community college so long as they intend to transfer to a four-year institution and complete their bachelor’s.

March 1, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of donors and supporters, the AFCEA Educational Foundation is proud to announce it is expanding its 2019 scholarship programs. In addition to funding more awards for existing scholarships for STEM majors, STEM teachers, STEM diversity students and war veterans, a new cybersecurity scholarship for undergraduate students is now available. Applications will be accepted on a joint form together with the STEM majors and undergraduate STEM diversity scholarships.

August 1, 2018
Staff Sgt. Jenna Saenz, USAF, American Military University (l), receives a 2017 War Veterans Scholarship from her commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jonathan Dietrich, USAF, 661st Aeronautical Systems Squadron.

AFCEA’s commitment to supporting both STEM education and military personnel comes together in the AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship. Biannual merit-based $2,500 scholarships are awarded to active-duty service members and honorably discharged veterans of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan who are enrolled in undergraduate courses in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) fields.

The scholarship is facilitated by the AFCEA Educational Foundation in partnership with AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter. Applications are due in March and November.

July 1, 2018
Maj. James Crenshaw, USA, secretary, AFCEA Palmetto Chapter (far r), presents ROTC Honor Awards to University of South Carolina students (l-r) Midshipman Brooks E. McNeal, Naval ROTC; Cadet Leon E. Davis, Air Force ROTC; and Cadet Aditi R. Taylor, Army ROTC.

The AFCEA Educational Foundation sends wholehearted congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s AFCEA ROTC Honor Awards.

August 1, 2017
Dr. Merri Sanchez, chief science and technology adviser, Air Force Space Command, presents the AFCEA War Veterans Undergraduate Scholarship, Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans, to Master Sgt. Vernon S. Thompson, USAF, at the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s May awards banquet.

AFCEA recently celebrated several deserving and determined students, presenting them scholarships to ease their path to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These future leaders explain the significance of their awards.

AFCEA War Veterans Undergraduate Scholarships, Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans

—Master Sgt. Vernon S. Thompson, USAF, American Military University

May 1, 2017

Shopping for good is made easy by the AFCEA Educational Foundation and the CauseNetwork, which offer consumers access to discounts at more than 1,000 retailers that donate a portion of each purchase to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Shop for STEM allows anyone to register and shop from a range of retailers, from small businesses to giants such as, Target and Wal-Mart. Simply visit, and sign up quickly and easily with your email address. 

April 7, 2017
By Sandra Jontz

The Northrop Grumman Foundation awarded $50,000 in scholarships to high school teams that excelled at the CyberPatriot IX National Finals Competition this week in Baltimore.

The CyberPatriot IX finals featured 28 high school and middle school teams that defended virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The competition drew a record 4,404 teams, a 30 percent increase over last year, according to a press release. 

January 24, 2017

Northrop Grumman Corporation is now accepting applications for its engineering scholars competition, which will provide $192,000 in college scholarships this year to promising high school seniors graduating from Maryland schools interested in studying engineering, according to a news release. Additionally, the company will award 26 scholarships to students who live near company campuses in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Utah and Virginia.

November 18, 2016
By Rachel Lilly
Kevin Kless and his students accept a Gravely STEM Teaching Tool Grant, which will support their physics and chemistry program known as PACE.

For many people in the U.S., the end of Thanksgiving marks the start of a whirlwind shopping season. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the search is on for the perfect gifts. But the holidays also bring about a season of charitable giving and a day known as Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday, celebrated on Tuesday, November 29, is a global movement fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Using the hashtag #GivingTuesday, nonprofits around the world will raise funds and awareness for their causes. The event encourages participants to find a way to give back with their time, donations or the power of their voices.

November 1, 2016

Notes from scholarship and grant recipients are constant reminders of the importance of corporate, member and chapter contributions to the individuals the AFCEA Educational Foundation serves. The foundation provides potential benefactors with the facts; the beneficiaries of their generosity tell the story.

September 1, 2016
Mansur Hasib, chair of the graduate cybersecurity technology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, presents the 2015 AFCEA STEM Major Scholarship for Diversity Students to Kiara Jones, a graduate.

The AFCEA Educational Foundation’s motto, “Dedication to Excellence in Education,” is as relevant today as when the organization was established in 1979. The foundation’s program of scholarships, grants and awards continues to support students, teachers, military personnel in training and future scientists and engineers in the hard science and technology disciplines.

August 10, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Nischit Vaidya (c), stands with his mother Mira Vaidya and father Niranjan Vaidya. Vaidya started a scholarship in his parents' names for cyber students at Capitol Technology University. Two students, a male and a female, will receive $1,000 each this fall. Photo courtesy Nischit Vaidya.

When students studying cybersecurity return to Capitol Technology University in Maryland this fall, cash scholarships donated by a former adjunct professor will aid at least two of them.

Nischit Vaidya, president and CEO of Argotis, is driven by a love of education and a desire to give back to his community. The new scholarship program—created in his parents' names—accomplishes that quest and provides a legacy honoring his parents, who endured years of hard work and worry to see their son succeed, he says. “For me, the biggest thing is my mom and dad.”

November 1, 2015
Matt Stratford, managing principal, BridgePhase LLC (l), presents a $3,000 check to AFCEA Educational Foundation Executive Director Vince Patton to sponsor the 2016 BridgePhase STEM Major Scholarship.


BridgePhase LLC, a small business provider of information technology consulting and professional services, will sponsor an annual scholarship for one science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate student, beginning in 2016. The $3,000 award will recognize a student enrolled or enrolling in a STEM graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. academic institution. Selection for this program will be competitive and based on a candidate’s overall undergraduate and/or graduate academic performance.

November 21 ,2012
By Maryann Lawlor

The (ISC)2 Foundation’s information security 2013 scholarship program application process will open on January 1, 2013, and it offers a total of $120,000 in awards to women, graduate students, young professionals and faculty. The foundation will award up to two scholarships totaling $40,000 to women pursuing an education in information security. In addition, it will give seed funding for up to eight grants of $3,000 each to assist graduate students conducting special research. One of the foundation’s other undergraduate scholarship winners will receive the Harold F.