Buck Bragunier & Pat Kelly Leadership Scholarships

The San Diego County Buck Bragunier Leadership Scholarship was established to honor Buck’s memory and unique contributions to the San Diego Chapter of AFCEA. Buck devoted over 20 years to AFCEA and the San Diego military community.

This is a one-time Scholarship of $2,000 awarded to at least one competitively selected graduating high school student who will attend an accredited four-year college or university anywhere in the United States.

Another $2,000 scholarship in honor of Pat Kelly also will be awarded using the same application form and criteria.

2018 Pat Kelly and Buck Bragunier Leadership Scholarship winners:

These 2 scholarships are named in honor of two of our truly great AFCEANS. Selected students must have strong academics and a record of leadership and volunteer service activities both in their school and in their community.

  1. The winner of Pat Kelly Impact Scholarship is Ms. Nikita Krishnan from the Bishop’s School. This award is given to a student who has also had the greatest impact in the community through volunteer work. Nikita will be attending UC Berkeley this fall as a Regents Scholar. Only about 200 Regents’ scholars are selected from a freshman applicant pool of over 89,000 students. Her non-profit organization, Creature Comfort and Care provides custom 3D printed prostheses to injured birds and animals, at no-cost.
  1. The winner of the Buck Bragunier Leadership Scholarship is Ms. Stassa Cappos. Stassa recently graduated from Mountain Valley Academy and will study Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and already has 2 Associate degrees from Palomar College. She is a state level champion in Mountain Bike Racing and has participated in numerous volunteer service activities in her community, such as at the Teen Action Council of the Ramona Library, National Charity League, Green Teen Garden Club, etc. etc.

Candidates must be residents of San Diego County, majoring in science, math or engineering curriculums. Students should show a record of leadership and volunteer activities within their school, church, community, etc. Applications are due by the end of April, selections are made in May, notifications take place in June and checks are distributed to students in July or August. Please check our website www.afcea-sd.org select the “Student” tab and scroll down to “Scholarships”.   The application can be downloaded from here: Download the Application Only Regular mail or priority mail will be accepted, please do not send by certified mail Contact: 


Membership in AFCEA International provides access to an unrivaled forum for public and private sector professionals in the communications, intelligence and information technology arenas to interact and share ideas. To this end, AFCEA holds world-renowned conventions, expositions, conferences, and symposia to keep its members up-to-date on the state of their industry.

Join today to connect with the premier network of thought leaders in the global security community.