Eligibility Requirements

Basic Qualifications

All applicants must:

  • Be a U. S. Citizen
  • Either live in the greater Washington D.C. area, be an AFCEA NOVA member, or have a parent who meets one of these criteria
  • Be pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field at an accredited college or university

Scholarships are principally merit-based. However, financial need and military and/or government service are factors considered in the award decisions.

Residence Qualifications

In order to apply for an AFCEA NOVA Scholarship, you must live in (or have your permanent residence in) the Greater Washington, DC Area, be an AFCEA NOVA member, or have a parent who meets one of these criteria. For the purposes of AFCEA NOVA’s STEM Scholarship eligibity, the Greater Washington, DC area includes the following jurisdictions.

About the Scholarship Program

AFCEA NOVA provides over 30 merit-based scholarships each year to qualified students who are pursuing a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in a STEM Discipline at an accredited College or University.

In brief, the AFCEA NOVA Scholarship is:

  • Merit-based
  • Awarded to students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM-related field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • A one-time award paid over two semesters: $2,000 for full time students; $1,000 for part time students

Scholarship awards may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. Membership in AFCEA is not necessary to be considered for a scholarship, however financial need and Military and Government service may be factors considered in the awards. Recommendations, transcripts, and test scores are required.

Get Involved

The AFCEA NOVA Educational Foundation is always looking for volunteers! If you’re interested in helping support our mission to promote the critical role science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education plays in shaping America’s future, please contact the VP of Education at

For information about specific committees and programs, please contact the following Committee Chairs:

  • Educational Grants – Linda Drake –
  • Scholarships – Claudia Lewis –
  • Adopt-a-School Program – Chuck Giasson –
  • Get Involved in the Scholarship Committee

    Join the AFCEA NOVA Scholarship Committee and make a difference in a student's life!

    The AFCEA NOVA Scholarship Committee works with the Committee Chair to support and administer the scholarship program. The committee meets three to four times a year to coordinate outreach, review policy and procedures, plan events, consider new ideas and initiatives, network, and enjoy each others’ company. Many members serve as points of contact for our annual communication and outreach efforts to local school districts, universities, military communities, and government agencies.

    A major committee activity is to support our annual application scoring night in April and recruit friends and colleagues to assist our scoring efforts. Members are also encouraged to attend our scholarship reception in June to meet the winners and their families, as well as represent AFCEA NOVA in establishing bonds between the chapter and our winners.

    Scholarships Program

    The AFCEA NOVA Educational Foundation awards a significant number of annual merit-based scholarships to qualified students who are pursuing degrees in STEM technical fields supportive of our national security.

    Since its inception, the AFCEA NOVA Scholarship program has awarded more than $1,000,000 to over 400 recipients.

    2015 Scholarship Applications are available beginning on December 1st, 2016.
    Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2017.

    Education Programs

    The AFCEA NOVA Educational Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the critical role science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education plays in shaping America’s future. We are the STEM education support element of the AFCEA NOVA Chapter.

    Each year the Educational Foundation awards educational scholarships, grants and assistance for teachers and students engaged in STEM studies, ranging from elementary school through post-graduate education levels. The Foundation has provided more than $1,000,000 in scholarship and grant funding since its inception.

    The AFCEA NOVA Educational Foundation’s initiatives include:

    • Educational Grants – Fosters excellence in education through educational incentives, opportunities, grants, and assistance for students engaged in STEM-related course work and extra-curricular activities.

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