Howell Fund


Howell Memorial Educational Fund

Robert Howell

Commodore Robert Howell, RN (Ret.), pictured at the center of students from Deree College, The American College of Greece, Athens, at the International Student Conference, London, October 2010


There was no person more dedicated to delivering on AFCEA's commitment to students and education than Commodore Robert Howell, Royal Navy (Ret.), a former general manager for AFCEA Europe. Howell was the force behind establishing AFCEA student chapter/clubs, conducting international student conferences, and taking AFCEA Professional Development courses and the AFCEA Leadership Forum to Europe. In October 2012, he lost his battle with cancer. 

To honor Howell and keep his upbeat, positive spirit alive, AFCEA has created the Robert Howell Memorial Educational Fund in his name. This fund supports international chapter educational programs for students outside the United States.  This fund is not for international students attending universities in the United States. 

One of the early AFCEA student clubs was founded by Deree College students of The American College of Greece, Athens. Howell was instrumental in making this possible, and representatives of this club attended the International Student Conferences Howell created and hosted, first in Brussels, Belgium, and then with TechNet International Conferences.  

Additional AFCEA Student Clubs/Chapters  

  • Almada Student Chapter 
  • Covilha Student Chapter 
  • Porto Student Chapter 
  • Geomatica LAB Student Chapter 
  • Rome Student Chapter 
  • Argentina Student Subchapter 
  • Deree College 
  • Sofia Student Chapter 

AFCEA International launched the fund with a $25,000 contribution. Donations honoring Howell can be made to the AFCEA Educational Foundation. Please indicate "for the Robert Howell fund." Funds will be used for the following: 

  •     International Student Chapter/Club Scholarships 
  •     International Student Conference 
Robert Howell Fund Contribution