AFCEA Young Entrepreneur Scholarship

Scholarship Description

Scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to students currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the hard science or technology disciplines directly related to the mission of AFCEA while employed by a small business.

Applicants must be a young professional (age 40 or under) with demonstrated entrepreneurial talents or accomplishments.

Undergraduate candidates must be at least second-year students attending an accredited college or university in the United States.  Graduate students must have completed at least two postgraduate-level classes prior to the deadline date.

The scholarship is intended for students attending school on a part-time basis, whether at a two-year community college or accredited university institution.  Part-time status will be defined as enrollment in at least two classes (semester-equivalent) with a declared major in a science or technology degree program or a declared major in a business field with a science or technology minor.

Student enrolled in on-line or distance-learning programs will be eligible, as long as all other criteria are met.  Eligible students must also be currently employed (see above).

Candidate must be a U.S. citizen, attending an accredited college or university in the United States as either a traditional or distance-learning student, and working toward a degree in the following C4I-related fields of electrical, computer, chemical, systems or communications engineering; computer science; physics; mathematics; technology management; computer information systems; management information systems or related fields.

Business majors with a minor in science or technology are also eligible.

An overall GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale or better is required.

Undergraduate applications will be accepted from sophomore, junior and senior students - minimum second-year students please.

Graduate applications will be accepted from students who have completed at least two postgraduate-level courses and are enrolled in an eligible degree-granting master’s degree program.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Educational Foundation via the email below.

PLEASE NOTE: At least two letters of recommendation will be required as follows:

  •  One letter must be from a faculty member in your chosen
    major having personal knowledge of your degree program,
    achievements and potential.

  •  One letter must be from current small business employer or
    relevant current public service agency.

Instructions for electronic submission of the recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers as part of the on-line application process - please do not mail separately.  Letters will be addressed to:

Mr. Fred H. Rainbow
Vice President and Executive Director
AFCEA Educational Foundation
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033

An official transcript reflecting all college-level study will also be required by the deadline date - electronic submission preferred.

If electronic submission is not possible, please send official document to the AFCEA address listed above.

Year of Need: College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, 3rd Year Grad,


Num Awards: Multiple

Min Award: Varies

Max Award: 2,000

Deadline: 2019-05-01


Sponsoring Organization AFCEA Educational Foundation
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033-3899

Contact Person: Tammy Goehring

Phone: (703) 631-6119 or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6119

Fax: 703-631-4693