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AFCEA Hampton Roads 2015/2016 Scholarship Program

2015/2016 AFCEA Hampton Roads Scholarship Application (Link)

Undergraduate STEM Scholarship Program

The Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA) Hampton Roads Chapter plans to award/renew scholarships of up to $2,500 in 2015 to outstanding students from the Hampton Roads area, subject to the availability of funds. Scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled for the 2015/2016 academic year as full-time students in a course of study at an accredited four-year college or university that leads to a Bachelor's degree in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines that will prepare the student for a professional career supporting AFCEA's focus on military communications, electronics, information technology, and intelligence systems. Distance-Learning programs are not eligible.

Once awarded, scholarship winners may apply for renewal each year up to three additional years of undergraduate study. Previous scholarship winners must meet renewal criteria and apply for scholarship renewal. Renewal of scholarships is dependent availability of funds and is not guaranteed.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants may be graduating high school seniors or current undergraduates who have completed no more than three years of undergraduate study
  • Applicants must be accepted for enrollment in a full-time course of study at an accredited four year college or university in the United States. Enrollment in distance learning programs does not meet this requirement.
  • The applicant´s chosen course of study must lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines that will prepare the student for a professional career supporting AFCEA´s focus on military communications, electronics, information technology, and intelligence systems. Qualifying academic majors include, but are not limited to, electrical, computer, chemical, aerospace or systems engineering; electronics; mathematics; computer science; physics; science or mathematics education; technology management; or management information systems. Majors directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence enterprises or national security with relevance to the mission of AFCEA will also be eligible. Pre-Medicine is not a qualifying major.
  • Eligible applicants include residents of Southside Hampton Roads, active duty military personnel assigned to commands within Southside Hampton Roads, and dependents of such active duty military personnel. The scholarship is limited to Southside Hampton Roads, which includes the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.
  • Applicants who have received appointments to military academies, four-year ROTC scholarships, or a scholarship/combination of scholarships from other organizations providing more than $10,000 total will not be eligible for AFCEA Hampton Roads Chapter Scholarships.

Renewal Eligibility Criteria

Recipients of AFCEA Hampton Roads Chapter Scholarships may apply for renewal of their scholarships by submitting an application each year that demonstrates that they have met the following minimum criteria for renewal:
  • Continued enrollment in a course of studies that will leading to a degree in a qualifying major.
  • Continued need for financial assistance in meeting the expenses of completing degree requirements. Applicants who have received appointments to military academies, four-year ROTC scholarships, or a scholarship/combination of scholarships from other organizations providing a more than $10,000 will not be eligible for renewal of their AFCEA Hampton Roads Chapter Scholarship.
  • No more than one grade below a "B" in a college level STEM course.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 for all college level courses completed as of the date of application.
For further information, Contact Mr. Arthur Hernandez, by phone at (757) 320-6401 or by e-mail addressed to scholarships@afceahamptonroads.org.


Please help me in Congratulating the 2014/2015 AFCEA Hampton Roads Chapter Undergraduate STEM Scholarship Awardees.
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2014/2015 Scholarship Renewals

  • Mr. Kyle Archuleta, 2nd Award, received his initial award in 2013 after graduating from Tabb High School, Yorkton. He completed his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Computer Engineering major with a 3.429 GPA.
  • Ms. Abigail Holbrook, 2nd Award, received her initial award in 2013 after graduating from Tabb High School, Yorktown. She completed her freshman year at University of Virginia as a Systems Engineering major with a 3.92 GPA.
  • Mr. Ethan Robertson , 2nd Award, received his initial award in 2013 after graduating from Grassfield High School, Chesapeake. He completed his freshman year at University of Virginia as a Computer Science major with a 3.583 GPA.
  • Mr. Michael McGrath, 4thd Award, received his 1st award in 2011 after graduating from Cox High School, Virginia Beach. He just completed his junior year at University of Virginia as a Chemical Engineering major with a 3.98 GPA.

2014/2015 Scholarship New Awards

  • Ms. Caroline Frost, completed her freshman year at Virginia Tech as an Industrial and Systems Engineering Major with a 3.72 GPA. She graduated from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Suffolk in 2013.
  • Mr. Samuel Bowers, will graduate in June 2014 from Princes Anne High School, Virginia Beach, with a 4.488 GPA. He will attend Yale University as a Physics major.
  • Ms. Heather Connelly, will graduate in June 2014 from Great Bridge High School, Chesapeake, with a 4.7052 GPA. She will attend Pepperdine University as a Mathematics major.
  • Ms. Amy McMillen will graduate in June 2014 from Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, with a 4.97 GPA. She will attend either the University of Virginia or Carnegie Mellon University as a Systems Engineering major.

2013/2014 Scholarship Renewals

  • Ms. Melanie M. Merrick, 4th Award, received her 1st award in 2010 after graduating from Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake. She just completed her junior year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as a Chemical Engineering major with a 3.91 GPA.
  • Mr. Iskandar Rakhimov, 4th Award, received his 1st award after graduating in 2010 from Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach. He just completed his junior year at the University of Virginia as a Commerce/Information Technology & Computer Science dual major with a 3.697 GPA.
  • Mr. Michael McGrath, 3rd Award, received his 1st award in 2011 after graduating from Cox High School, Virginia Beach. He just completed his sophomore year at University of Virginia as a Chemical Engineering major with a 3.977 GPA.
  • Mr. Colin Miller, 3rd Award, received his 1st award in 2011 after graduating from Grassfield High School, Chesapeake. He just finished his sophomore year at the University of Washington as a Computer Science major with a 3.69 GPA.
  • Mr. Matthew Schmit, 2nd Award, received his 1st award in 2012 after completing his sophomore year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He just finished his junior year as an Aerospace Engineering major with a 4.0 GPA.
  • Ms. Hannah Swenson, 2nd Award, received her 1st in 2012 after graduating from Tabb High School, Yorktown. She just completed her freshman year at Princeton University as a Computer Science major with a 3.5 GPA.

2013/2014 Scholarship New Awards

  • Mr. Kyle Archuleta will graduate in June 2013 from Tabb High School, Yorkton, with a 4.1844 GPA. He will attend the Virginia Commonwealth University as a Computer Engineering major.
  • Ms. Megan Guzman graduated in December 2012 from Tidewater Community College with an Associate of Science in Engineering with a 4.0. She is attending Old Dominion University as a Mechanical Engineering major.
  • Mr. Henry Hewitt will graduate in June 2013 from Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, with a 4.375 GPA. He will attend the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as a Mechanical Engineering major.
  • Ms. Abigail Holbrook will graduate in June 2013 from Tabb High School, Yorktown, with a 4.5918 GPA. She will attend the University of Virginia as a Chemical Engineering major.
  • Mr. Cody Robertson will graduate in June 2013 from Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, with a 4.65 GPA. He will attend either the University of Virginia or North Carolina State University as a Computer Engineering major.
  • Mr. Ethan Robertson will graduate in June 2013 from Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, with a 4.625 GPA. He will attend either the University of Virginia or North Carolina State University as a Computer Science major.
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