DAYTON-WRIGHT AFCEA EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH, SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
Education is an AFCEA core value. The AFCEA Dayton–Wright Chapter, in partnership with the AFCEA Educational Foundation, presents and average of $35,000 annually in scholarships, grants and awards to students in the "hard" sciences. This includes students in traditional university degree programs, ROTC programs, regional K-12 STEM schools, STEM teachers and other educational settings.
The following are some of the many ways AFCEA and Dayton Wright Chapter support the community and provide educational awards to deserving students.
The AFCEA Professional Development Center (PDC)
The PDC complements the Association's educational efforts by providing a wide-ranging program of continuing education and technical training courses. Discounted rates are offered for members.
Enlisted Tuition Assistance
The Dayton-Wright chapter supports enlisted airmen, junior officers, and government civilian employees with tuition assistance, cost matching for approved professional certification exams and/or the purchase of books and in the pursuit of certification programs. For more information, contact the Chair for Enlisted and Junior Officer Affairs.
The Dayton-Wright chapter awards money to the Dayton area ROTC Program to distribute scholarships to qualifying cadets enrolled in the ROTC program in Miami Valley Universities. For more information, contact the Chair for Enlisted and Junior Officer Affairs.
General Janet C. Wolfenbarger Scholarship
The General Janet C. Wolfenbarger scholarship was established in recognition of the general’s life-long contributions to the United States and the U.S. Air Force. A true STEM champion and exceptional leader. Dayton-Wright AFCEA offers the General Janet C. Wolfenbarger scholarship to the child of a parent or guardian (civilian employee, military or contractor) associated with Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The average annual award will be in the amount of $500-$1,000 to one qualified student. The student must be pursuing a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) degree program and have recently exhibited strong leadership skills and community involvement. Applicants must have an overall cumulative 3.3 GPA in high school or, if enrolled in college, an overall 3.5 GPA in all college courses and a 3.4 GPA in their primary STEM-related degree program.
For more information please refer to the Dayton-Wright AFCEA Chapter Janet Wolfenbarger Scholarship Application page to apply.
Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Scholarship Fund
The AFCEA Dayton-Wright Chapter Dan Curtis Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Dan’s significant volunteer contributions to the Chapter and in honor of his strong advocacy of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base community. Dan’s service to the Dayton area started as early as high school when he was elected class president of Wayne High School. Leveraging his patriotic passion and Political Science education, Dan was a legislative aide and executive assistant in the Ohio House early in his career. Dan served 16 years with the US Air Force and 32 years working with various private sector, nonprofit and governmental organizations to improve his community and his nation. Dan was an active member of AFCEA’s Dayton-Wright Chapter, serving in various capacities with the chapter, for almost a decade, including as Chapter President.The DWAFCEA honors his legacy by funding a Scholarship in his name and awarding it to a student of Wayne High School who has shown a desire to serve their community and to pursue a STEM related career field. This drive and passion for service will benefit the security of our nation.
For more information, or to apply, please refer to the Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Scholarship page.
CyberPatriot Scholarship Fund
The Dayton-Wright AFCEA chapter designates several thousand dollars annually for one or more students from a Miami Valley high school, colleges or university who have participated in the CyberPatriot competition at the high school level and have shown a desire to pursue a STEM related career fields. This drive and passion for Cybersecurity will benefit the security of our nation.
For more information or to apply, please refer to the CyberPatriot Scholarship page to apply.
The Dayton-Wright AFCEA chapter designates several thousand dollars annually for up to 7 Miami Valley colleges and Universities to be given to students in STEM related career fields which benefit the Department of Defense.
For more information or to apply, please refer to the Undergraduate Scholarships page to apply.
K-12 STEM+ Teacher Grants
Competitive-based grants of up to $500 each are available to K-12 teachers or education leaders seeking support for the purchase of tools, equipment and educational materials for the purpose of teaching science, technology, engineering, math, or medical (STEM+) subjects at a United States K-12 public or charter school, or non-profit educational organization serving K-12 aged children.
The application form can be found here: K-12 STEM_ Teacher Grants _Application Form.docx
CyberPatriot Team Support Grants
Competitive-based grants of up to $500 each are available to K-12 schools or organizations seeking support for the purchase of tools, equipment and educational materials for the purpose of competing in the US CyberPatriot Competition. Awards will be made to a United States K-12 public or charter school, or non-profit educational organization serving K-12 aged children. Determination of award will be based on the proposed application of the funds, and the financial needs of the requesting team and/or organization.
For more information on the Team Support Grants, please contact the VP Education, Dayton Wright Chapter.
The application form can be found here: CyberPatriot Team Support Grants _Application Form.docx
The Dayton Regional STEM School
One of 10 public STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools being created across Ohio, the Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) offers students a relevant, real world educational experience which will prepare them for college and opportunities in the work world. The DW-AFCEA Chapter regularly supports a number of educational initiatives at the DRSS, including technical support, grants and scholarships to students.
Wright Patterson Educational Outreach Office
The Dayton-Wright chapter annually budgets a designated amount to assist the Education Outreach Office located within WPAFB to assist them with funding projects and programs not covered in the funds they receive from the Department of Defense. For more information about this website, check out the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Educational Outreach Office.
The Dayton-Wright chapter annually provides support for Techfest. This program is a once-a-year event for all grade schools and middle schools within the Miami Valley which showcases science projects and hands-on experiences for the students. For more information checkout the ASCDayton Website.
The Dayton-Wright chapter annually budgets a designated amount to be donated back to AFCEA International - an amount which is matched by the Northrop Grumman Corporation - to be used for grants back to local chapters for start-up programs in the educational arena.
AFIT Graduate Excellence Awards
The Dayton-Wright chapter awards a designated amount to be given as savings bonds to students who excel in the C3I and IRM fields.