STEM Majors Scholarships

AFCEA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Major Scholarships for Undergraduate Students 

 Not Currently Accepting Applications

STEM Major Scholarships Available 

  • STEM Major Scholarship ($2,500) 
  • Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship ($3,000) 
  • Cyber Security Scholarship ($5,000) 
  • Student Member Scholarship ($2,500) 

NOTE: There is one application form for all STEM Major Scholarships; applicants will be considered for all AFCEA STEM Major scholarship opportunities for which they are qualified. 

STEM Major Scholarship 


  • Undergraduate candidates must be at least second-year college students enrolled as sophomores or juniors full-time in a four-year college or university at the time of application. Expected graduation date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded. 
  • A current overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in the current program at an accredited U.S. college or university required at the time of application. 
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 
  • Failure to meet requirements could affect scholarship eligibility. 

Applications will be accepted from current eligible undergraduate level students majoring in STEM fields that meet the mission of AFCEA, to include cybersecurity, intelligence and homeland security-related disciplines. Online programs are eligible. 

The following categories of students are not eligible for STEM Majors scholarships:

  •  Students attending a community college and planning to attend a four-year university 
  • Students attending a two-year college 
  • Freshman or seniors in a four-year university 
  • High school seniors 

Qualifying STEM majors related to the mission of AFCEA

These majors include: astronomy, biometry/biometrics, computer engineering, computer forensics science, computer programming, computer science, computer systems, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, geospatial science, industrial engineering, information science, information technology, information resource management, intelligence, mathematics, mechanical engineering, network engineering, network security, operations, research, physics, robotics engineering, robotics technology, statistics, strategic intelligence and telecommunications engineering 


Scholarship awards are subject to availability of funding. Scholarship awards are restricted to tuition, course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies and equipment, that are required for the courses at the university. 

Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship 

Applicants for the Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship must meet all of the eligibility requirements of the STEM Majors Scholarship. Additionally, applicants must be a woman or minority student. Students attending HBCUs are particularly encouraged to apply. Graduate students should apply to the Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship

Cyber Security Scholarship 

Applicants for the Cyber Security Scholarship must meet all of the eligibility requirements of the STEM Majors Scholarship. Additionally, applicants must be in one of the following majors: 

  • Cybersecurity 
  • Computer science 
  • Digital forensics 
  • Information assurance 
  • Information technology 
  • Electronic engineering 
  • Other field related to the support of U.S. cyber enterprises

Student Member Scholarship 

Applicants for the Student Member Scholarship must meet all of the eligibility requirements of the STEM Majors Scholarship. Additionally, applicants must hold an AFCEA membership, either a student membership or a Junior Enlisted membership. 

Application Process

Applications will be accepted starting mid-January. A link to the online application form will be posted at the top of this page. In addition to basic information, there several questions that must be answered:

  • Provide a brief synopsis of your current academic program, including degree requirements, anticipated graduation date and why you chose the program. 
  • Provide a personal statement outlining your career goals and explain how they will contribute to the American work force in the areas related to STEM, defense, communications, information technology, national security, and/or information systems and the mission of AFCEA. 
  • Provide a brief summary of financial need. 

In addition to the online application, other required documents include: 

  • Current official transcript issued by the school registrar's office 
  • Minimum two letters of recommendation required from faculty in the major of study 

Instructions for electronic submission of the recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers automatically as part of the on-line application process - please do not mail separately.  

Letters of Recommendation are not accepted directly from applicants. If the endorser does not receive the email, letters can be emailed to  AFCEA Educational Foundation  

Letters can also be mailed to:
AFCEA Educational Foundation 
4114 Legato Road, Suite 1000 
Fairfax, VA 22033 

Official transcripts reflecting all college-level study will also be required by the deadline date; electronic submission preferred. If your transcript does not show your classes in progress, please submit documents showing current classes. 

If electronic submission is not possible, please send official document to the AFCEA address listed above to arrive by midnight of the deadline date.  

Optionally, applicants may also submit a third letter of recommendation or résumé. 

Applications must be complete, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, by May 31 of each year

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