AFCEA International Chapter News
MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - May 21, 2019

Education Foundation Recognizes Local Students at Annual Luncheon

In May, the chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon to recognize and reward 11 outstanding students from the Montgomery, Alabama, River Region. The luncheon took place in conjunction with the chapter's annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama. The luncheon drew a full house from industry, government and military. Eric Sloan, chapter Education Foundation director, presided over the luncheon with the assistance of Chapter Vice President Ray Perry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/Business Enterprise Systems (BES). The chapter was honored to have Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for BES, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama, to not only attend the luncheon but also assist in handing out awards during the ceremony. The chapter awarded $10,000 in scholarships as part of its High School Information Technology Summer Internship program. Four 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 valued at $3,500. Array Information Technology, Appddiction and 1 Sync Technologies are all corporate sponsors providing internships to students. The three recipients were Rachel Rook from Wetumpka High School, Wetumpka, Alabama; Junhyung Park from Lamp High School, Montgomery, Alabama; Jayden Sloan and Damian Wilkerson from Brewbaker Technology Magnet, Montgomery, Alabama. The chapter's Education Foundation supports students at all levels by purchasing new equipment for its grade schools, assisting robotics programs and also providing scholarships at local universities. As part of its Education for Industry Scholarship Program, the chapter also recognized seven rising college seniors majoring in STEM degree programs at local universities by providing them with a $5,000 scholarship. The scholarship recipients were Jimarian Smith, Eric Sharper and Palmer Graham of Alabama State University; and Kayla Luther, Joanna Sumner, William Lockhart and Zack Beacon of Auburn University at Montgomery. Earlier in the week, the chapter hosted its annual golf tournament at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery. The event raised over $140,000 in sponsorships and donations. The funds directly support the Education Foundation's 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 seventh consecutive year. The chapter also extends sincere thanks to all corporate sponsors who donated generously in support of 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:

At the May luncheon, Rachel Rook, High School Information Technology Summer Internship Program Scholarship recipient (c), poses with (l-r) Eric Sloan, Education Foundation director, Col. Kyna McCall, USAF, chapter president (second from l), Brian Knott, Array; Axel Foley, Array; and Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) Business Enterprise Systems (BES).
At the May luncheon, Rachel Rook, High School Information Technology Summer Internship Program Scholarship recipient (c), poses with (l-r) Eric Sloan, Education Foundation director, Col. Kyna McCall, USAF, chapter president (second from l), Brian Knott, Array; Axel Foley, Array; and Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) Business Enterprise Systems (BES).
At the May luncheon, William Lockhart of Auburn University at Montgomery, Education for Industry Scholarship recipient (c), pauses for a photo with Sloan, McCall and Aldridge.
At the May luncheon, William Lockhart of Auburn University at Montgomery, Education for Industry Scholarship recipient (c), pauses for a photo with Sloan, McCall and Aldridge.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Brandy Silvers
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