In May, the chapter announced the 2021 awardees of its annual STEM Scholarship Program with a record-breaking $235,000 in STEM scholarships across 25 awardees. The grants were based on achievements in academics, school and community leadership, financial need and letters of recommendation.
Jo Decker, chapter president, remarked, "This is the largest amount AFCEA DC has ever granted in scholarships. It is an honor to be able to give back to our community after such a difficult year. We want to be able to give these inspirational young adults the ability to further their education and empower them to become the leaders of tomorrow within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields."
Scholarships will be used toward student college tuition as they pursue studies within the STEM fields.
The following 2021 graduates from local high schools received scholarships:
Vera Aburo, Silver Spring, Maryland; Yassin Alallaq, Arlington, Virginia; Maryam Amosu, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Nneoma Anaemeribe, Laurel, Maryland; Darik Andebo, Silver Spring, Maryland; Yiyang Chen, Sterling, Virginia; Kennedi Curtis, Washington, D.C.; Arsema Demeke, Washington, D.C.; Tarise Dickens, Washington, D.C.; Samantha Dillard, Myersville, Maryland; Mahmoud Elbaddaly, Chantilly, Virginia; Oseghale Esene, Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Breana Fay, Ashburn, Virginia; Anders Gyllenhoff, McLean, Virginia; Gloria Johnson, Stafford, Virginia; Elise Danielle Manglicmot, Gaithersburg Maryland; Tolulope Oluyadi, Bowie, Maryland; Xavier Phillips, Washington, D.C.; Mahia Rahman, Arlington, Virginia; Clarence Ramirez -Manassas, Virginia; Sabaina Scott, Langley Park, Maryland; Bessie Turcios Lovato, Washington, D.C.; Joey Vieyra, Leesburg, Virginia; Nia White, Fort Washington, Maryland; Alicia Williamson, Suitland, Maryland;
These recipients have shown excellence in academics and character, and the chapter hopes that these scholarships will help alleviate some of the financial burden. Hopefully, each of these young graduates will go on to contribute to future innovation.