War Veterans

Scholarships are made possible in part by generous contributions from AFCEA's Northern Virginia Chapter 


AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships: Undergraduate Only

Not Currently Accepting Applications

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing academic support to U.S. military personnel. The AFCEA NOVA chapter has partnered with the AFCEA Educational Foundation to make these awards possible. 

Merit-based scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to:  

  • Persons on active duty in the uniformed military services 
  • Honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (including Reservists and National Guard personnel) who deployed abroad in support of one of the Overseas Contingency Operations (Operation Enduring Freedom; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation New Dawn; Operation Inherent Resolve; Operation Freedom's Sentinel). 
  • Recipients must be currently enrolled and attending classes in an undergraduate program part time or full time in an eligible STEM major degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States (see eligibility section paragraph 4 for list of acceptable STEM majors). 
  • Distance learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible. 
  • 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. 

This information is in effect for the 2021-2022 school year. 


Applicants must be: 

  • U.S. citizen currently enrolled and attending a four-year accredited college or university in the United States as a sophomores or junior at the time of application. Freshman and senior level students are ineligible to apply. You cannot apply the year you are graduating. 
    Enrolled part time or full time in an eligible undergraduate degree program. 
    Have an overall 3.0 GPA. 
  •  Candidates must be majoring in the following C4I-related fields related to the mission of AFCEA:  
    • biometry/biometrics, computer engineering, computer forensics science, computer programming, computer science, computer systems, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, geospatial science, information science, information technology, information resource management, intelligence, mathematics, network engineering, network security, operations, research, physics, robotics engineering, robotics technology, statistics, strategic intelligence and telecommunications engineering 
  •  Served in Overseas Contigency Operations (from 2003 to present) - provide DD214 or Certificate of Service. Paperwork must verify deployment. Remove SSN. 

War Veteran Teacher Certification Program

 Students actively pursuing a credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subjects at a U.S. elementary, middle/intermediate and high schools are eligible. Current credential and licensure students must have completed a bachelor’s of science degree. Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded. 

Application Process

Applications will be accepted starting January 1. A link to the online application form will be posted on this page when applications are being accepted. 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(s) issued by the school registrar's office reflecting ALL undergraduate-level study 
  • At least two letters of recommendation from field-of-study professors. If that is not possible, we will accept recommendations from commanding officers/employers in the related field of study. 
  • DD214 or current service paperwork showing OCO service. Do not submit with SSN. 

Instructions for electronic submission of the recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers automatically as part of the online 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 by May 31. Applications must be complete, including all supporting documentation, by May 31, 2022. 

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

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