The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, San Diego Chapter, values and believes in the development of our future STEM workforce.  Since 1993, AFCEA has awarded over half a million dollars to San Diego area students to fulfill their dreams of a college education.  The scholarships are available to San Diego County graduating high school seniors who will attend a four-year college or university in the United States and major in a STEM field or, in the case of the AFCEAN Dependent Scholarship, a full-time college student majoring in a STEM field at an accredited four-year college. There are several types of scholarships with one common scholarship application. Evaluation Committee members will consider candidates for the most applicable category for which they qualify.


$8,000 College Scholarship Program

Buck Bragunier, Pat Kelly, and Jim Loiselle Scholarships

AFCEAN Dependent Scholarship

AVID Scholarship Program

Application and Evaluation Timeline 

  • March 15, 2021 Common Scholarship Application Opens
  • June 7, 2021 Common Scholarship Application Closes
  • May – June 2021 Evaluation Committee read and score applications
  • June 30, 2021 Students are notified of awards
  • July 30, 2021 Award check is sent to awardees

Completed application packets must be received online via email sent to Gloria McKearney, Scholarship Chair, at by June 7, 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.

Questions?  Contact: Gloria McKearney, Scholarship Chair, at 

Download Common Application Form here.


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