PAFCEA awards scholarships to grads pursuing STEM studies

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tony Orlando, AFCEA SC Lowcountry chapter president; Vijay Soni, Hanahan HS; Alta Hiott, First Baptist School; James Duncan, Northwood Academy; Bryce Kunkle, Berkeley HS; Jessica Mack, Fort Dorchester HS; James Huey, Porter Gaud; Morgan Ingerson, Stratford HS; Matthew Alford, Stratford HS; Michael Marshall, Ashley Ridge HS; Lauren Jackson, Berkeley HS; Caroline Churchill, James Island Charter HS; Mary Welsh, Summerville HS; and Zach Conover AFCEA SC Lowcountry Chapter Education Committee chairman. Scholarship recipients not pictured are Sean Carter, Olivia Coyle and Samuel Lopez, all from Pinewood Academy. PHOTO PROVIDED

The South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of AFCEA International presented academic scholarships totaling over $45,000 to 15 college-bound Charleston-area students during their luncheon meeting on May 21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Lowcountry Chapter raised funds to support the scholarships through their spring and fall golf tournaments, actively supported by its 300-plus members and industry supporters.

Applicants were evaluated on academic performance, class rank, test scores, essay evaluations, participation in school activities, letters of recommendations and financial need. Students interested in competing for the 2015 scholarship program should work through their school guidance counselors to apply.

The South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of AFCEA has provided scholarship awards in the past several years to local Charleston-area high school students who choose to pursue undergraduate studies in science technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association (AFCEA), established in 1946, is a nonprofit organization serving its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information, and dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. More information on the local chapter activities can be found at www.charleston.afceachapter.org.

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