STEM Teachers for America's Future: Graduate Scholarships
The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12. The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from ManTech International and AFCEA International.
To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens and living in the United States. Graduate candidates must be attending an accredited U.S. college or university (online students are eligible) and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects in a U.S. school in grades K-12.
Graduate-level candidates must be currently taking at least two semester-equivalent classes at an accredited U.S. college or university at the time of application. Current credential and licensure students must have completed a bachelor’s of science degree or graduate degree in a STEM major. Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded. Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.
MG Eugene C. Renzi, USA (Ret.) STEM Teachers Scholarship
One STEM Teacher scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded annually to honor the memory of Maj. Gen. Eugene C. Renzi, USA (Ret.). This scholarship is made possible in part by a generous endowment from ManTech International. The recipient will be selected from the STEM teacher applicants. Please apply via the online application linked from this page.
Information stated below is in effect for the 2021-2022 school year.
- U.S. citizenship and living in the U.S. is required for all applicants. If proof of citizenship is requested, you would not be eligible for judging unless the proper paperwork has been received.
- Graduate-level candidates must currently be in at least their second semester and taking at least two (2) semester-equivalent courses per term at accredited college or university in the United States and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects in a U.S. school in grades K-12 at the time of application.
- A current overall GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their current program at an accredited U.S. college or university is required at the time of application. Applicants must have completed a B.S. degree in a STEM major. Expected graduation date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded.
- Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.
- Credential/licensure candidates must be U.S. citizens with a completed B.S. degree or graduate degree in a STEM major (undergrad/grad transcript required). Must be currently enrolled and have started the program at the time of application. Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded.
- Failure to meet requirements could affect scholarship eligibility.
- *Scholarship awards are subject to availability of funding. Scholarship awards are restricted to tuition and course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies and equipment that are required for the courses at the university.
Applications will be accepted starting January 1. A link to the online application form is posted on this page. In addition to basic information, there are several short-answer questions:
- In a brief personal statement, explain how your academic and career goals align to the mission of AFCEA Educational Foundation.
- Please provide a statement of your teaching philosophy. Please include your short-term and long-term teaching goals.
- 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
- Current résumé
- Undergraduate transcript - either official or unofficial
- If currently employed as a teacher, one additional letter from the school principal
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. No applications are accepted after the deadline date.
Optionally, applicants may also submit a third letter of recommendation.
Applications must be complete, including all supporting documentation, by May 31 of each year.