BUCK BRAGUNIER, PAT KELLY, AND JIM LOISELLE LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships are named in honor of three of our truly great San Diego Chapter AFCEANS. Selected students must have strong academics, a record of leadership, extracurricular activities, and volunteer service activities both in their school and in their community. The three $2,000 scholarships are each awarded to one competitively selected graduating high school student who will attend an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. Candidates must be residents of San Diego County, have a minimum grade point average of 3.8, and be majoring in science, technology, math or engineering curriculums.

Completed application packets must be received online via email sent to Gloria McKearney, Scholarship Chair, at afceasd.scholarships@aol.com by May 15, 2021.  Applications received after that date will not be considered. Applicants are responsible for the completeness and timeliness of their submissions. Selections and notifications will be made by June 30.  Checks will be distributed by July 30. 

The Common Scholarship Application can be downloaded below. Only applications sent by email will be accepted.  Please do not send by certified or regular mail.

2019-20 Buck Bragunier Leadership Award  

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.

2019-20 Buck Bragunier Leadership Award

The winner of the Buck Bragunier 2019-20 Leadership Scholarship is Seonggeun Park from Olympian High School.  Brian is a talented and hardworking student.  He was the vice president of the California Scholarship Federation, on the leadership committee for the Common Senior Experience, a junior leader and volunteer at Sharp Chula Vista hospital, gallery facilitator at Fleet Science Center, and an M3 Challenge Team member. For his science fair project, Brian created the mobile app PhysicsPhun which allows students to learn physics in a playful way and is available at the Google Play Store.  Besides academics and community service, he enjoys sports and was on the varsity tennis team. He was also a National Merit finalist and Elks Lodge Teenager of the Year. Brian will be majoring in computer science and engineering at UCLA.

2019-20 Pat Kelly Impact Service Award

The Pat Kelly Impact Service Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $2,000 awarded to a graduating high school student who has had the greatest impact in the community through volunteer work.    

The winner of the Pat Kelly Impact Scholarship is Kimiya Ghassemzadeh of Del Norte High School. Kimiya is an outstanding student academically, athletically and in volunteer work.  She is a National Honor Society and Fraternity of Academic and Civic Excellence inductee, one of four state Distinguished Young Woman Program scholarship winners, AP Scholar with Distinction, and Rotary Youth Leadership Award winner. Kimiya accumulated over 800 hours of community service by volunteering at Palomar Hospital, conducting research at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, serving as President of Hands for Honduras aiding impoverished families, tutoring high school students in writing and elementary students in all subjects, and being an ambassador for her school helping incoming freshman get adjusted to high school. Moreover, she was the JV basketball captain and varsity player, tutored elementary and middle school basketball players, and played Lacrosse JV and varsity. Kimiya will be majoring in Biology at UCLA.

2019-20 Jim Loiselle Impact Service Award

The Jim Loiselle Impact Service Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $2,000 awarded to a graduating high school student who has had the greatest impact in the school and community through volunteer work.

The winner of the Jim Loiselle Impact Service Scholarship is Katiah Jimenez from Eastlake High School.   Katiah’s problem-solving abilities, perseverance, leadership, and innovation distinguished her among her peers. Katiah’s impressive academic performance resulted in her being named salutatorian of her class.  Besides taking a rigorous course curriculum, she was the competition director of the high school robotics team, started the high school chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and planned a district-wide Girls Inspiring Real Leadership in STEM (GIRLS) Conference. She was a member of the Zoo Corps for four years and volunteered at various STEM competitions.  Katiah will be majoring in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at MIT. 

Questions?  Contact: Gloria McKearney, Scholarship Chair, at afceasd.scholarships@aol.com

Common AFCEA Scholarship Application

Only applications sent by email will be accepted.  Please do not send by certified or regular mail.

 

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