ROTC Scholarships

Several Scholarships are available to ROTC Students.

Not Currently Accepting Applications

Information stated below is in effect for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The AFCEA Educational Foundation offers ROTC scholarships ranging from $2,000-$3,000 each are awarded to an Army, Navy (including Marine Corps option) or Air Force ROTC full-time sophomore or junior students with at least an overall 3.0 GPA or above.  

Mission: The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance for people engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines focused on information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications and electronics supporting the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. 

ROTC Scholarships 

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a degree major that is related to the mission of the AFCEA Educational Foundation: aviation engineering, biometry/biometrics, computer engineering, computer forensics science, computer programming, computer science, computer systems, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, geospatial science, global security, information science, information technology, information resource management, intelligence, mathematics, network engineering, network security, operations research, physics, robotics engineering, robotics technology, statistics, strategic intelligence, or telecommunications engineering.  (majors related to medicine, nursing, political science, psychology, and chemical, civil, aerospace and mechanical engineering are not accepted.) 

VADM Jon L. Boyes Scholarship 

The Dr. Jon L. Boyes, VADM, USN (Ret.) $3,000 Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor Vice Admiral Boyes' memory and accomplishments. Vice Adm. Boyes served as president of AFCEA International for 10 years, during this time he established the AFCEA Educational Foundation. 

One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving Navy ROTC midshipman majoring in electrical engineering. Candidates must be at least second-year college students, enrolled full time as sophomores or juniors at the time of application. The scholarship has been endowed in perpetuity through the generosity of AFCEA International. 

Navy ROTC Student with an electrical engineering major. 

Mort Marks and Joan Bowden Scholarships  

AFCEA Joan Bowden $3,000 ROTC Scholarship was established in 1987, by the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Educational Foundation. The scholarship is in memory of Joan Bowden, 1984-85 president, and member of the board of directors of the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter. The Joan Bowden ROTC Scholarship is presented annually to an ROTC student attending a university located in the AFCEA Mid-South Region of the United States: to include, the states of; Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northwest panhandle of Florida who is a student in the Air Force option.  

AFCEA Mort Marks $3,000 ROTC Scholarship established by the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Educational Foundation. The ROTC Scholarship is in memory of Mort Marks, a member of the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter who made many significant contributions and support to the chapter to further its Educational Foundation and benefactors. The Mort Marks ROTC Scholarship is presented annually to an ROTC student attending a university located in the AFCEA Mid-South Region of the United States; to include, the states of; Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northwest panhandle of Florida student who is in the Navy or Marine Corps option.  

Degree major must meet the mission of AFCEA. 

ROTC Scholarships General Requirements

NOTE: ONE APPLICATION FORM  for all available ROTC Scholarships: Vice Adm. Boyes, Marks, Bowden and AFCEA ROTC Scholarships. 

Freshmen and seniors are ineligible to apply.   

All applicants must be of good moral character; demonstrate academic excellent with required at least required minimum GPA for each program; have a financial need; and the potential to serve as an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces. 

All applications must be endorsed by their respective ROTC professors of military science, naval science or aerospace studies. 

Scholarship awards are subject to availability of funding. Scholarships are to be used for tuition and course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies and equipment that are required for the courses at the university for the school year. 

Application Process

Applications will be accepted starting January 1. A link to the online application form will be posted at the top of this page. In addition to basic information, there is one short-answer question:  

  • Explain how your academic and career goals align to the mission of AFCEA Educational Foundation. 

There is also a short-answer section for a brief summary of financial need. 

In addition to the online application, other required documents include: 

  1. Current transcript (may be official copy issued by the school Registrar's Office or unofficial copy verified by applicant's ROTC unit) 
  2. Minimum two letters of recommendation required from faculty in the major of study 
  3. Letter of nomination from ROTC unit professor of military science, professor of naval science, professor of aerospace studies or designed commanding officer  

Instructions for electronic submission of the recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers automatically as part of the on-line application process; please do not mail separately. Letters of Recommendation are not accepted directly from applicants. If the endorser does not receive the email, letters can be emailed to  AFCEA Educational Foundation  

Letters can also be mailed to:
AFCEA Educational Foundation 
4114 Legato Road, Suite 1000 
Fairfax, VA 22033 

Official transcripts reflecting all college-level study are required by the deadline date; electronic submission preferred.  If your transcript does not show your classes in progress, please submit documents showing current classes. 

If electronic submission is not possible, please send official documents to the AFCEA address listed above to arrive by midnight of the deadline date.  

Optionally, applicants may also submit a third letter of recommendation or résumé. 

Applications must be complete, including all supporting documentation by the deadline date. 

AFCEA Scholarships