AFCEA International Chapter News
MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - May 23, 2017

Education Foundation Luncheon Awards Thousands in STEM Scholarships

In May, the chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon to recognize and reward 12 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 Senior Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF, chapter vice president. 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 Dell laptop computer and a 10-week summer internship with an information technology company¬ó valued at $3,500. Array, IndraSoft, ICS, SJ Technologies and eSA are all corporate sponsors providing internships to students. The six recipients were Bryce Staves and Hunter Wingard from Wetumpka High School; Adam Bristol and Nicholas Homsher from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School; Ashley Wells from Lee High School; and Charles Deuter from Hooper Academy. As part of its 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 each a $5,000 scholarship. The scholarship recipients are Tawana Fuller and Nicholas Edwards of Alabama State University; Brittany Phillips and Jonathan McNulty of Auburn University at Montgomery; and Kaiya Sykes and Daniel Thornton of Troy University Montgomery. Earlier in the week, the chapter hosted its annual golf tournament at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club. The event raised more than $140,000 in sponsorships and donations. 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 fifth consecutive year. The chapter also extends sincere thanks to all corporate sponsors that 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:

Chapter President Brian Knott (r) and Charisse Stokes, the chapter's Education Foundation director (c), present an Array scholarship and internship in May to Nicholas Homsher (2nd from l), with Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama (2nd from r), and an Array representative.
Chapter President Brian Knott (r) and Charisse Stokes, the chapter's Education Foundation director (c), present an Array scholarship and internship in May to Nicholas Homsher (2nd from l), with Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama (2nd from r), and an Array representative.
Stokes (l) presents Alabama State University student Tawana Fuller a scholarship, with assistance from Aldridge (2nd from r) and Knott, at the May luncheon.
Stokes (l) presents Alabama State University student Tawana Fuller a scholarship, with assistance from Aldridge (2nd from r) and Knott, at the May luncheon.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Brandy Silvers
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