Gravely Teaching Grants

The STEM Teaching Grants are named in honor of the AFCEA Educational Foundation's first executive director, Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely, USN (Ret.)  Adm. Gravely 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. 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.

Chapter Gravely Grant Program

Chapter Grant Guidelines

This program is a joint effort between individual AFCEA Chapters and the Educational Foundation to promote effective STEM teaching and to enhance the abilities of capable STEM teachers in elementary and high schools worldwide. The grants are intended to help an elementary or high school STEM teacher (or international equivalent) to augment STEM activities for his/her students.
The Gravely Grants are made possible in part by generous gifts from Booz Allen Hamilton and AFCEA International.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation will provide a $500 Gravely Grant, which is intended to be matched by chapter funds.

STEM Teacher Grants

STEM Teacher Grant Guidelines

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing support to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students and teachers. Since 2010, AFCEA Educational Foundation has invested more than $1.2 million in teachers who are providing innovative STEM learning opportunities in their classrooms. These funds have directly impacted more than 60,000 students in elementary through high school across the United States.

The Gravely Grants provide funding to U.S. elementary, middle and high schools to promote STEM innovation in the classrooms with emphasis on elementary academic programs. Grants range between $500 and $1,000 to the school for the awarded program. This is a joint effort between AFCEA chapters and the AFCEA Educational Foundation to help augment the cost to students for activities or tools inside or outside of the classroom, such as robotics clubs, cyber clubs and other STEM related activities to promote STEM to students.  


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