The Leadership Society
The Educational Foundation’s fundraising campaign has four levels of giving. Each level focuses on the legacy of one of AFCEA's luminary leaders, men who have made a significant impact on the mission of the foundation and AFCEA.
Sarnoff Donors: $5,000 or more
David Sarnoff, often referred to by historians as the “Father of Broadcasting,” pioneered the radio and television industry into a principal communications platform.
After serving as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army during World War II, he founded AFCEA in 1946 bringing together military, other government agencies, industry and academia
to collaborate on research and development and the improvement of telecommunications worldwide.
Boyes Donors: $2,500-$4,999
Vice Adm. Jon Boyes, USN, (Ret.), served as AFCEA International President/CEO from 1977 to 1987 and was responsible for the establishment of the AFCEA Educational Foundation, which initially took the name of “AFCEA Educational Fund” in 1979.
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1943 through an accelerated program, he served in World War II in the Pacific, where he was wounded in a Japanese attack on his ship. After the war, Adm. Boyes became a submarine commander. From 1955 to 1957, he commanded the USS Albacore, a submarine considered revolutionary for its time. Under Adm. Boyes' command, the Albacore set an underwater speed record and was known as the fastest submarine in the world.
Gravely Donors: $1,500-$2,499
Vice Adm. Samuel Gravely Jr., USN, (Ret.) became the first executive director of the AFCEA Educational Foundation in 1983. He initiated the science and technology teacher tool grants program.
Adm. Gravely enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 1942 and was trained as a fireman apprentice. In 1943, he participated in a Navy program (V-12) designed to select and train highly qualified men for commissioning as officers in the Navy. On December 14, 1944, Gravely successfully completed midshipman training, becoming the first African American commissioned as an officer from the Navy ROTC.
The admiral was recalled to active duty in 1949. He went from recruiting sailors to building a Navy career that lasted 38 years and included many distinguished accomplishments.
Renzi Donors: $1,000-$1,499
Maj. Gen. Eugene Renzi, USA, (Ret.), served as the board chair of AFCEA International from 2003 to 2006 and later as a prominent member of the Educational Foundation’s board. Gen. Renzi was principally responsible for elevating the Educational Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
Gen. Renzi served in the U.S. Army for 32 years, which included two tours in Vietnam. Among his numerous assignments, he was the deputy chief of staff for operations and plans for the U.S. Army Communications Command in Fort Huachuca, Arizona; director of Defense Communications Systems in Washington, D.C.; and director for command, control and communication systems for the U.S. Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii. He retired from the service in 1990.
In 1993, he became a senior executive vice president at ManTech International, and three years later, became president of ManTech Telecommunications and Information Systems. In 2004, he became the group president of ManTech Defense Systems Group.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and donations are tax-deductible. The funds are used to support scholarship programs for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academic disciplines for deserving college/university students; and for the Gravely Teacher Tool Grant program, which is targeted for grades K-12.