Educational Foundation and Chapter Scholarships

Chapter Scholarships

Many of AFCEA’s chapters provide scholarships, grants and tuition assistance for aspiring engineers, technicians, programmers, military personnel and government officials. Financial assistance is made available for students living or attending school within each chapter's local community. Learn more.

Education Foundation Scholarships

The AFCEA Educational Foundation has six general categories of scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled and attending full time at four-year colleges or universities in the United States and living in the United States. The scholarship program criteria cover the upcoming school year.

Educational Foundation Program Requirements

Please read the information listed with each scholarship/program to determine eligibility and individual qualifications. High school students are not eligible to apply. Apply for one scholarship only.

Scholarship awards are subject to availability of funding. Scholarship awards are restricted to use for tuition and mandatory educational fees.

Undergraduate applicants must be a second-year college student enrolled as a sophomore or junior in a four-year institution at the time of application. A current overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required. Freshman and senior college students are ineligible to apply.

Graduate applicants must currently be enrolled in their second semester and at least two (2) semester-equivalent courses per term at an accredited U.S. college or university.  A current overall GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required.

Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship

This $1,500 Scholarship will recognize one outstanding female college student who has shown a potential to excel in college studies in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and is a full-time student attending schools in or residing in the states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Alabama, including community colleges.

Intel-AFCEA Scholarship

This Scholarship will provide scholarship funding at $5,000 per undergraduate awardee and $10,000 per graduate awardee for full-time college students that are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree (masters or PhD) at an accredited academic institution in the United States and living in the United States. Applicants must also be either a current member of the Armed Forces, Veteran, or Gold Star Family Member.

Lavon Jordan Scholarship

This Scholarship of $2,500 will awarded to high school seniors graduating in spring/summer 2022 who will be attending an accredited four-year academic institution in the United States for the 2022-2023 academic year and pursuing a major in STEM or a related field that supports the mission of Frontier Technology Inc. and the AFCEA Educational Foundation. Named after the founder of FTI, the Lavon Jordan Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship aims to award an individual from historically underrepresented populations, including, but not limited to minorities, women, persons who identify as LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities.

Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Graduate Scholarships

Scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to full-time students (women and minority students), enrolled in their second semester and at least two semester-equivalent courses) currently pursuing a graduate degree at any accredited academic institution in the United States and also living in the United States in an eligible major that supports the mission of AFCEA Educational Foundation. 

ROTC Scholarships

ROTC scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $3,000 each, are awarded to students enrolled full-time in C4I-related major and other specific related areas of study. 

STEM Major Scholarships

Applicants will be considered for all AFCEA STEM Major scholarship opportunities for which they qualify. Applications will be accepted from current eligible undergraduate level students majoring in STEM fields to include cybersecurity, intelligence and homeland security-related disciplines. Online programs are eligible. Includes Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship and Cyber Security Scholarship.

STEM Teacher Scholarships

Competitive-based scholarships of $2,500 each are available to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subjects at a United States K-12 school. The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from ManTech, AFCEA International and several of AFCEA’s regional chapters. 

VADM Samuel L. Gravely Memorial Scholarship

AMERICAN SYSTEMS has partnered with AFCEA to offer two $2,500 VADM Samuel L. Gravely Memorial Scholarships for STEM students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree attending a four-year Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the United States. 

War Veterans Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships of varying amounts will be awarded to persons on active duty in the uniformed military services and to honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (including Reservists and National Guard personnel) who are currently enrolled and attending classes part time or full time in an eligible degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. 

Robert Howell Memorial Educational Fund

To honor Commodore Robert Howell, Royal Navy (Retired), former general manager for AFCEA Europe, 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. Learn more.


Educational Foundation

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