AFCEA Educational Foundation

FAIRFAX, VA   |  https://foundation.afcea.org

Mission

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance for people engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines focused on information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications and electronics supporting the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.

Ruling year info

1984

President and CEO

LtGen Robert M. Shea USMC (Ret.)

Main address

4400 FAIR LAKES COURT

FAIRFAX, VA 22033 USA

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EIN

54-1115312

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

STEM Major Scholarships

Scholarships of $2,500 each for current eligible undergraduate level students majoring in STEM fields to include cybersecurity, intelligence and homeland security-related disciplines. Applicants will also be considered for Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship ($3,000) and Cyber Security Scholarship ($5,000) if eligible. Online programs are eligible. Applications due in April.

Population(s) Served

Competitive-based scholarships of $2,500 each are available to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subjects at a United States K-12 school. The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from ManTech, AFCEA International and several of AFCEA’s regional chapters. Applications due in April.

Population(s) Served

Scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to full-time students (women and minority students), enrolled in their second semester and at least two semester-equivalent courses) currently pursuing a graduate degree at any accredited academic institution in the United States and also living in the United States in an eligible major that supports the mission of AFCEA Educational Foundation. Applications due in April.

Population(s) Served

ROTC scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each, are awarded to students enrolled full-time in C4I-related major and other specific related areas of study. Applications due in February.

Population(s) Served

Merit-based scholarships of varying amounts will be awarded to persons on active duty in the uniformed military services and to honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (including Reservists and National Guard personnel) who are currently enrolled and attending classes part time or full time in an eligible degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. Applications due in April and November.

Population(s) Served

The Gravely Grants provide funding to U.S. elementary, middle and high schools to promote STEM innovation in the classrooms with emphasis on elementary academic programs. Grants range between $500 and $1,000 to the school for the awarded program. This is a joint effort between AFCEA chapters and the AFCEA Educational Foundation to help augment the cost to students for activities or tools inside or outside of the classroom, such as robotics clubs, cyber clubs and other STEM related activities to promote STEM to students.

Population(s) Served

The U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA International are honored to recognize individuals each year who are selected based on their sustained superior performance in a C4I/IT-related job. A board of judges reviews applications from the departments of the Navy and Coast Guard, including active duty and civilians, and makes the selections.

Population(s) Served

The AFCEA ROTC Honor Award is designed to recognize ROTC cadet and midshipman achievement in leadership and academics. Recipients of the ROTC Honor Award are required to be in their junior year of school and will be selected by individual Professors of Military Science, Naval Science or Aerospace Studies in accordance with the appropriate Service Department Regulations.

Population(s) Served

Service Academy Commissioning Awards: One of the highest honors AFCEA bestows, this award is presented annually at each of the five service academies. The program was established in the late 1940s to recognize the top graduate from the Department of Electrical Engineering at each academy.

Capt. Boyd R. Alexander, USN, Honor Award: This U.S. Naval Academy Award was first presented in 1949. It was named after Capt. Alexander in 1980. The award is given annually to that graduating midshipman who stands first in Electrical Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Brig. Gen. Boyd Wheeler Bartlett, USA, Honor Award: This award was named after Gen. Bartlett in 1981, but has been a tradition at West Point since 1952 when the award was a Hallicrafters radio, model SX-42, a single-conversion general-coverage receiver for AM, FM and continuous wave. It is the AFCEA award for excellence in electrical engineering at the U.S. Military Academy.

Commodore Edward M. Webster, USCG Honor Award: Established in 1959, this U.S. Coast Guard Academy award is presented annually. Commodore Webster was an expert in communications in both his naval and business careers. Commodore Webster was responsible for establishing the Coast Guard's ship‐to‐shore radio‐telephone communications system in the Prohibition era. He was awarded the Legion of Merit as Chief Communications Officer during World War II. After tours of duty in both World Wars, he served as commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission from 1947 to 1956.

Astronaut Elliot M. See, Jr., Memorial Award: The top deck or dual license midshipman for outstanding achievement and academic excellence in marine electronics receives this award. It was established in 1978 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. See was a member of the class of 1949.

Lt. Gen. Gordon T. Gould Jr., USAF, Honor Award: This commissioning award at the Air Force Academy was named after Gen. Gould in 1983. He was an electronics engineer who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1941 and was instrumental in enhancing the communications career field—giving it the recognition it deserved.

John McReynolds Wozencraft Award For Academic Excellent In Joint C4I: NPS AFCEA awards were re-named in June 2010 recognizing the world-wide achievements of the late Dr. John McReynolds Wozencraft.



ROTC Commissioning Awards: The commissioning award for graduating ROTC students was established in 1991. This award recognizes ROTC graduates in each service selected for his or her distinguished academic achievement in the C4I-related fields.

In the Army ROTC program, this award is presented to the newly commissioned officer entering the Signal Corps who stands highest in overall order of merit. For the Air Force and Navy ROTC programs, the top graduating cadet and midshipman in electrical engineering or communication sciences receive the awards.

Lt. Gen. E. W. Snedeker Award, Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Quantico, VA - Acknowledging the naming of the AFCEA award, Gen. Snedeker commented in a hand-written letter dated June 4, 1984: “AFCEA is an important organization, and I remember speaking at one of their meetings…I am honored to have such an auspicious award named after me. Many of my 37 years’ service were spent at the Marine Corps Schools…Control, communications and intelligence are not always recognized for the vital contribution they make to successful command in combat, or elsewhere.” First award was given June 1984.

Col. Donald G. Cook Award, Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico - Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong on Dec. 31, 1964, Donald Gilbert Cook was the first Marine officer captured in Vietnam and the only Marine in history to earn the Medal of Honor while a prisoner of war (POW).

PA Research Paper Award, Army War College, Carlisle, PA

Information Resources Management (NDU) College

Research Honor Award, Naval War College, Newport, RI

Col "Sparky" Baird Award, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC - The W.J. "Sparky" Baird Award is named after COL W.J. Baird, USA (Ret.), former general manager of AFCEA and editor of SIGNAL Magazine. COL Baird became editor of SIGNAL in 1956 and held that position for 18 years. He assumed the additional duty of AFCEA general manager in 1959. That position became AFCEA President in 1977. Col. Baird writes, "To the best of my knowledge, this history of tactical communication is the most valuable and complete presentation about the subject to be found anywhere."

AFCEA Award for Research, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

JC4I Writing Award, US Army Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total dollar amount given in grants and scholarships by AFCEA International's Educational Foundation, incl. those managed on behalf of AFCEA Chapters but not programs administered by them.

Number of awards given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ROTC Honor Award

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Number of ROTC Honor Awards given each year.

Number of students reached through grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

STEM Teacher Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students reached in STEM Classrooms through grants awarded to winners of our STEM Teacher Scholarships

Number of Chapters in Matching Programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Gravely Teaching Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of AFCEA Chapters participating in the Grant Matching program for classroom STEM grants

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are dedicated to supporting STEM education at all levels. This begins with getting young people interested in STEM fields in elementary school and runs all the way to scholarships for STEM Educator's graduate education so they can start the cycle again. We hope to nurture leadership and innovation in these fields that are vital to the future.

At the international level, we use our connections to government and industry leaders to create awareness and concern for the importance of STEM education. We offer several scholarships and grants directly in addition to managing funds set aside by industry partners who share our commitment to ensuring students have the training and expertise necessary to thrive in the 21st Century. In addition, we maintain relationships with the Military Service Academies and ROTC programs to recognize excellence in research and academic achievement, encouraging the leaders of tomorrow.

We also empower AFCEA's Chapters to run their own educational programs. Currently, one-third of chapters offer their own scholarships for the benefit of students in their local area, and many also offer STEM teacher grants to local teachers to support science and mathematics in the classroom. In addition to direct support, we amplify their programs to ensure their efforts are recognized by the entire organization and inspire other chapters with ways they could make a difference locally.

While we have a healthy endowment to support our scholarship and grant programs, our main asset is AFCEA's members. Of course a portion of each membership goes to support the Foundation, but more important is the conviction our members bring for supporting tomorrow's STEM professionals. Our members organize fundraisers at the Chapter and International level, and they represent AFCEA in congratulating our honorees when they receive their awards. Many of our members are also leaders in government and industry and use their influence to advocate for STEM education.

We have a 40-year history supporting students and professionals in STEM fields. As we celebrate our anniversary in 2019, we are hoping to continue our but also to expand. We want to create more robust communication and sharing of ideas between our chapters. Identifying outstanding programs and standardizing them, we can expand them to better serve all the communities our chapters are part of.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AFCEA Educational Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

LtGen Robert Shea

AFCEA International

Term: 2014 -

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/29/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.