AFCEA International Chapter News
MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - May 24, 2016

Education Foundation Awards Local Students $15,000 in Scholarships at Annual Luncheon

In May, the chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon to recognize and reward twelve outstanding students from the Montgomery, Alabama, River Region. The luncheon took place in conjunction with the chapter's annual information technology conference, the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery. The luncheon drew a full house from industry, government and military. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presided over the luncheon with the assistance of Chapter Vice President Senior Master Sergeant Neil Stewart, USAF. The chapter was honored to have Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama, not only attend the luncheon but also assist in handing out awards during the ceremony. The chapter awarded $15,000 in scholarships as part of its High School Information Technology Summer Internship Program. Six deserving graduating high school seniors were each awarded a $2,500 scholarship, a new HP laptop computer and a 10-week summer internship with an information technology company valued at $3,500. Array, Indrasoft, Lockheed Martin, STG and Centech Group are all corporate sponsors providing internships to students. The six recipients were Adrian Rodriguez, Max Adams, Jade Teel, John Paul Lee, Jimarian Smith and Brianna Bonner. As part of the Education for Industry Scholarship Program, the chapter also recognized six rising college seniors who are majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree programs at local universities by providing them with $5,000 scholarships. The scholarship recipients are Nathaniel Jones and Paula Phillips of Alabama State University; Brian Manning and Dusty Manker of Auburn University at Montgomery; Evelyn Hartline and Winston Walker of Troy University at Montgomery. The chapter also hosted its annual golf tournament at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club. The event raised more than $120,000. The funds directly support the chapter's Education Foundation efforts by providing STEM-related grants, scholarships and other monetary support to local students in financial need. The chapter congratulates the award winners and thanks IBM, the Education Foundation annual luncheon corporate sponsor for the fourth consecutive year. The chapter also extends sincere thanks to all corporate sponsors who donated generously to support the Education Foundation's efforts and enabled the chapter to have the privilege of providing grants, scholarships and support to hard-working students and local educational institutions.

Event Photographs:

Recognizing Jade Teel (c), a scholarship recipient from Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery, Alabama, at the May Education Foundation luncheon are (l-r) Brian Knott of Array; Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation; Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama; and Eric Sloan, chapter president.
Recognizing Jade Teel (c), a scholarship recipient from Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery, Alabama, at the May Education Foundation luncheon are (l-r) Brian Knott of Array; Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation; Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama; and Eric Sloan, chapter president.
Max Adams (c), scholarship recipient from Weptumpka High School, Wetumpka, Alabama, is honored at the May chapter luncheon by (l-r) Knott, Stokes, Aldridge and Sloan.
Max Adams (c), scholarship recipient from Weptumpka High School, Wetumpka, Alabama, is honored at the May chapter luncheon by (l-r) Knott, Stokes, Aldridge and Sloan.
Winston Walker (2nd from l), a senior at Troy University at Montgomery in Alabama, is presented with the
Winston Walker (2nd from l), a senior at Troy University at Montgomery in Alabama, is presented with the "Education for Industry" scholarship by (l-r) Stokes, Aldridge and Sloan.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Brandy Silvers
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