Chapter Merit Scholarships

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

2018-2019 Scholarship Opportunities

Central Maryland Chapter - Education Foundation

2018-2019 Merit Scholarship Award

Purpose: AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter seeks to award merit-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors for their past achievements and to aid them in accomplishing their career goals.

Award: Each scholarship is an award of $10,000, $2,500 for each year of a four-year academic education. Scholarships will be presented to selected high school seniors in the Central Maryland area can be used to achieve education goals at the accredited school of their choice anywhere in the nation. All Merit Scholarships are STEM based. This is for a full-time student attending a four-year institution.

Criteria: Applicant must:

  • Be an academically-competitive, well-rounded, graduating high school senior.
  • Attend a public or private high school in Baltimore City or one of the following Central Maryland counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, or northern Prince George’s.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and a SAT math score of at least 650.
  • Plan to enter a field of study supportive of national defense (i.e., systems engineering, software engineering, math, cyber, information technology, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, physics, mechanical engineering, materials science, or engineering relating to IT, communications and electronics) and can apply their studies directly to the Intelligence Community, homeland security, or national defense objectives. Please note: Students who pursue a degree in other science to include pre-med, pre-law, biology, environmental or any form of engineering not listed in this section are unlikely to be considered. If unsure, please email scholarships@centralmd.afceachapters.org to clarify.
  • Stay in a field of study supportive of national defense for each of the applicants four years and graduate.

The Cyber Studies scholarship is specifically for those applicants interested in pursuing career goals within cyber (i.e., cyber security, information assurance).

Please see the attached flyer for additional details on the information to be submitted and how to submit your application. For any questions, please email scholarships@centralmd.afceachapters.org.

Application Files:

Applications are now closed.

Please note: Merit scholarship applicants do NOT choose which merit scholarship they are applying for. The Scholarship Evaluation Committee will determine which they are best suited to receive. However, if the applicant is interested in the Cyber Studies Scholarship, the essay should address cyber as indicated below. 


Captain John and Angie Skinner Scholarship

Through the leadership of Captain John A. Skinner, the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter established merit scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors planning to enter a science or engineering field of study supportive of national defense (i.e., engineering, telecommunications, computer science, mathematics, or other related technical electives). His wife, Angie Skinner, remained an active supporter of the scholarship program after his death. After Angie's passing, in dedication of their support, the scholarship was renamed the Captain John and Angie Skinner Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to deserving high school seniors who plans to enter a computer engineering field of study supportive of the military, defense, or intelligence community.  For the essay part of the application, applicants should include how their selected course of study supports their career goals, specifically related to careers in the military, defense contracting, or intelligence community.

Timothy J. Sheahan Scholarship

Timothy J. Sheahan was a long-term supporter of AFCEA especially during the formative years of the Central Maryland Chapter. He was dedicated to the ideals of AFCEA including building an ethical bridge between Government and Industry and supporting scientific education. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving high school senior from the Ft. Meade, MD, area who plans to enter a computer engineering field of study supportive of the military, defense, or intelligence community. For the essay part of the application, applicants should include how their selected course of study supports their career goals, specifically related to careers in the military, defense contracting, or intelligence community. 

George R. Cotter Scholarship

Mr. George Cotter was President of the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter when it was first formed. He was instrumental in developing the criteria for the chapter’s initial scholarships, which emphasized science and technology. He served many years in the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter and at the AFCEA International Board level. In 2010, AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter established the George R. Cotter Scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior from the Ft. Meade, MD, area who plans to enter a computer engineering field of study supportive of the military, defense, or intelligence community. For the essay part of the application, applicants should include how their selected course of study supports their career goals, specifically related to careers in the military, defense contracting, or intelligence community.  

Cyber Studies Scholarship

The AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (CMD) established the Cyber Studies Scholarship to support the government, military, and industry future workforce needs in various cyber specialties. Our Cyber Studies Scholarships are merit-based and awarded to high school seniors that plan to pursue a 4-year degree program with a cybersecurity, information assurance, or related major or concentration such as network security, information technology, computer science, applied cryptography, secure software engineering, malware analysis, cybercrime, computer or electrical engineering.  For the essay part of the application, applicants should include their plans for course of study in cyber, explain their interest in their cyber-related specialty, and explain how their course of study in cyber supports their career goals, specifically related to careers in the military, defense contracting, or intelligence community.

Women in Technology Scholarship

The Women in Technology Scholarship is awarded to a female high school senior who plans to enter a science or engineering field of study supportive of the military, defense, or intelligence community. Example of fields of study include engineering, telecommunications, computer science, mathematics, information assurance, intelligence analysis, or other related technical electives. For the essay part of the application, applicants should include how their selected course of study supports their career goals, specifically related to careers in the military, defense contracting, or intelligence community. 

DREAM Scholarship

The DREAM Scholarship is awarded to a female high school senior who plans to enter a science or engineering field of study supportive of the military, defense, or intelligence community at the University of Maryland. Examples of fields of study include engineering, telecommunications, computer science, mathematics, or other related technical electives. Unlike the other merit scholarships, this is a one year scholarship for $2,500. Students apply for the DREAM scholarship through the University of Maryland. The University selects the recipient for AFCEA.