Afghanistan and Iraq War Vet Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2016 or April 15, 2017


Application: Check back in August 2016 to see if Fall Application Has Been Posted


Scholarships of $2,500 are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans and reservists and National Guard personnel of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations (years 2003-present).  Candidates must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible STEM major at accredited four-year institutions in the United States.  Please refer to the list of acceptable STEM degree majors in the Eligibility section below.  

Distance-learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible. Freshman and senior level students are ineligible to apply. If attending a community college you are ineligible to apply.

The AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship fund has been endowed in perpetuity by a generous contribution from the Northern Virginia Chapter.

Scholarships will be available for the fall and spring semesters.

*Scholarship awards are subject to availability of funding.  Scholarship awards are restricted to tuition, mandatory fees, and books.

This information is in effect for the 2016-2017 school year.



Applications are requested from U.S. Armed Forces and National Guard personnel either currently on active-duty or honorably discharged veterans or reservists who have served in either Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom (from 2003-Present). 

Applicants must be currently enrolled and attending classes at four-year accredited college or university in the United States.  Students may also be enrolled in an accredited distance-learning or online degree program affiliated with a major, accredited four-year college or university in the United States.

Applications will be accepted from qualified sophomores and juniors, undergraduate students enrolled either part-time or full-time in an eligible degree program.  Freshman and seniors are not eligible to apply.

War Veteran Teacher Certification Program:  Students actively pursuing a credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) subjects at a U.S. elementary, middle/intermediate and high schools are eligible. Current credential and licensure students must have completed a bachelor’s of science degree. Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded.

Applicants must be majoring in the following STEM degree programs that are related to the mission of AFCEA supporting defense, intelligence or homeland security communities:

Biometry/Biometrics, Computer Engineering, Computer Forensics Science, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Systems, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geospatial Science, Information Science, Information Technology, Information Resource, Management, Intelligence, Mathematics, Network Engineering, Network Security, Operations, Research, Physics, Robotics Engineering, Robotics Technology, Statistics, Strategic Intelligence, and Telecommunications Engineering

3.0 GPA required. Primary factors considered in the selection process are demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and financial need. 

A copy of either a Certificate of Service or Discharge Form DD214 will be required and shows service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations.


In addition to the online application, other required documents include: current transcript issued by the school Registrar's Office and at least two letters of recommendation from relevant faculty.

Instructions for electronic submission of the recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers as part of the on-line application process - please do not mail separately. Letters will be addressed to:

Executive Director
AFCEA Educational Foundation
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033

An official transcript reflecting all college-level study will also be required by the deadline date - electronic submission preferred.

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


Contact the Educational Foundation Scholarship and Awards program for more information.