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AFCEA Donates $25,500 for AACC Scholarships

March 10, 2011
Education

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      The Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Central Maryland Chapter has presented Anne Arundel Community College with a donation of $25,500 to fund a $500 scholarship this spring and to establish a $25,000 scholarship endowment.

      At a March 2 ceremony at AACC, AFCEA officials presented the donation to the AACC Foundation Inc. Board of Directors.

      To qualify for the annual scholarship, students must be enrolled full time, demonstrate financial need as defined by the AACC Financial Aid office, be U.S. citizens and Anne Arundel County high school graduates. Students must complete 12 credit hours before applying for the scholarship, have a minimum 3.2 grade point average and be seeking a degree or a transferable course of study in computer and technical studies, electrical engineering or engineering and computer technologies. If male and age 18 and up, they must be registered with the U.S. Selective Service System.

      “This gift is transforming for the students who will receive the scholarship,” said Stacey Sickels Heckel, CFRE, executive director of the foundation. “In addition, we are pleased for the many students and faculty who may benefit from this partnership through internships, career opportunities, participation in AFCEA events and expertise sharing by AFCEA members.”

      Students may use the scholarship award for tuition and fees, books, supplies and computer purchases. AFCEA hopes to help students afford the cost of studies in fields tied to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs and increase numbers of trained and qualified high-tech workers seeking employment.

      “Encouraging the STEM career path of our brightest local students is an important part of the chapter’s charter,” said Jerry Schepers, president of the Central Maryland chapter. “We’re fortunate to have such a vibrant partner as Anne Arundel Community College right in our backyard.”

      Chuck Taylor, executive vice president of the chapter, agreed. “It’s our objective that this be just the start of our partnering with the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation. We hope to add to the endowment’s principal in the future and to expand this model to other local colleges and universities.”

      They encourage individuals and organizations to contribute funds to the AFCEA endowment to enable AACC to increase the number of annual scholarship awards. Contact the foundation at 410-777-2515 or foundation@aacc.edu or visit the website, www.aacc.edu/foundation, for information or to make a contribution. For information on applying for AACC institutional scholarships, visit www.aacc.edu/aid/scholarships.

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