Why Your Support to STEM Education Is an Investment in the Future

As the world’s dependence on technology grows, the need for experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continues to increase. Equally important has been the ongoing discussion about whether academic institutions across the United States are turning out enough qualified graduates in the STEM disciplines. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic and Statistics Administration, STEM workers drive our nation's innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. However, U.S. businesses frequently voice concerns over the availability of STEM workers.

Promoting education is a longstanding tradition with AFCEA, dating back to its establishment in 1946. Association founder Brig. General David Sarnoff stated, “Our preparation for future innovation in technology begins with planting the seed of knowledge to those who want to experience the challenge of success.”

To fulfill Sarnoff’s vision, the AFCEA Educational Foundation strives to continue his legacy through its mission of providing educational incentives and opportunities for people engaged in the STEM disciplines. These disciplines are not limited to information technology; they also include cybersecurity, communications and electronics, defense, homeland security and intelligence.

Investment in today’s STEM educational assistance enables you to help ensure that tomorrow’s work force is strong and highly capable of meeting the demands of technology and innovation. I ask for your generous support to the AFCEA Educational Foundation so we may continue this important mission.


Robert M. Shea, Lt. Gen., USMC (Ret.)
President and CEO, AFCEA International &
Chairman of the Board, AFCEA Educational