Robert Howell Memorial Educational Fund

Commodore Robert Howell, RN (Ret.), pictured at center of students from
Deree College, The American College of Greece, Athens, at the International

Student Conference, London, in October 2010.

There was no person more dedicated to delivering on AFCEA's commitment to students and education than Commodore Robert Howell, Royal Navy (Retired), most recently the general manager for AFCEA Europe. Robert was the force behind establishing AFCEA Student Chapter/Clubs, conducting International Student Conferences, and taking AFCEA Professional Development courses and the AFCEA Leadership Forum to Europe. In October 2012, he lost his battle with cancer.

To honor Robert and keep his upbeat, positive spirit alive, AFCEA has created the AFCEA International Educational Fund in his name. This Fund will be used to support International Chapter educational programs for students outside the United States.  This fund is not for international students attending universities in the United States.

One of the early AFCEA Students Clubs was founded by Deree College students of The American College of Greece, Athens. Robert was instrumental in making this possible, and representatives of this club attended the International Student Conferences Robert created and hosted, first in Brussels, Belgium, and then with TechNet International Conferences. In addition to the Greek Student Club, there are AFCEA Student Clubs/Chapters at Argentina Army University, Prague University, Polytechnic University in Bucharest, University of Defense of the Czech Republic in Brno, and Armed Forces Academy in Slovakia.

AFCEA International is launching this Fund with a $25,000 contribution. Donations honoring Robert can be made to the AFCEA Educational Foundation either online here, or by mail to here - please indicate "for Robert Howell." Funds will be used for the following:

    International Student Chapter/Club Scholarships

    International Student Conference

    International AFCEA Leadership Forum Tuitions

For information, email us.