AFCEA Educational Foundation Continues
Legacy of Excellence in Education
The AFCEA Educational Foun- dation’s motto, “Dedication to Excellence in Education,” is as relevant today as when the
organization was established in 1979.
The foundation’s program of scholarships, grants and awards continues
to support students, teachers, military personnel in training and future
scientists and engineers in the hard
science and technology disciplines.
Although educational outreach
faces challenges in this climate of
underfunded programs and shrinking available dollars, the foundation,
in partnership with AFCEA chapters and committees, continues the
legacy set forth in its early days. The
leadership and vision of its founders, Vice Adm. Jon L. Boyes, USN,
and Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely,
USN, are reflected today in the quality of AFCEA’s award programs and
The foundation rewards study primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at
both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teachers of STEM subjects
receive grants from AFCEA chapters
to enhance classroom programs in
AFCEA’s educational programs support a unique niche in the current
environment, rewarding outstanding
Mansur Hasib, chair of the graduate cybersecurity technology program at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County, presents the 2015 AFCEA STEM Major Scholarship for Diversity
Students to Kiara Jones, a graduate. The scholarship was sponsored by Avaya Government
Solutions. Jones received a check, a certificate and a biography written about Vice Adm. Samuel L.
Gravely, USN, titled, Trailblazer: The U.S. Navy’s First Black Admiral. After his retirement from the
Navy, Adm. Gravely became the first executive director of the AFCEA Educational Foundation.
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students, teachers and military personnel. Every dollar is important for continuing and furthering this mission.
Today’s goals are consistent with
those of the past: recognizing educational excellence and partnering
with corporations, chapters and individuals to continue AFCEA’s legacy.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation
stands as a beacon for success and
remains steadfast in its focus on nurturing the next generation of STEM
Donations to the foundation can
be made online at www.afcea.org/