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 

  • April 8, 2024                   Common Scholarship Application Opens
  • June 3, 2024                   Common Scholarship Application Closes
  • June-July 2024               Evaluation Committee read and score applications
  • July 15, 2024                   Students are notified of awards
  • August 14, 2024            Awards Reception

Completed application packets must be received online via email sent to Gloria McKearney, Scholarship Chair, at by June 3, 2024. 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 July 15th. Checks will be distributed on August 14th at an Awards Reception.

Download the Common Scholarship Application HERE

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

Questions?  Contact: Gloria McKearney, Scholarship Chair, at


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