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Alamo AFCEA Scholarships & Grants

The primary mission of the Alamo AFCEA Education Foundation is to promote education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through scholarships and grants. Our main purpose is to help alleviate the shortage of people in this country who possess technical degrees – a priceless national human resource. Each year, the Education Foundation allocates a significant portion of our budget to fund these educational programs:

The University of Texas at San Antonio CIAS Program
The University of Texas UTeach San Antonio Program
St. Mary's University
Our Lady of the Lake University
Texas A&M University at San Antonio
San Antonio Boosting Engineering Science & Technology (SA BEST)
Alamo FIRST© Robotics
Alamo Colleges –Scobee Education Center Grant
Science Teaching Tools Grants
Military Education Grants
Ron Moore Outstanding Educator in STEM Scholarship

Our goal is to develop a STEM pipeline and grow a strong base in our Teachers, Schools, and Students in San Antonio and the surrounding area. Each year the foundation chooses a theme to emphasize a specific objective that drives the overall goals of our scholarships and grants donation program. Past themes have included Title I Schools, Rising Stars, STEM Teachers, Girls in STEM, and the Military in STEM. These themes help us to highlight areas of greatest need or accomplishment, but our ultimate goal to support and promote those who have excelled and enhanced the future of technology.

To learn more about the Alamo AFCEA Education Foundation, please contact us at


The Alamo AFCEA Education Foundation is proud to partner with University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary's University, Our Lady of the Lake University, and Texas A&M University at San Antonio to provide scholarships to students pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems Security, Network Security, Mathematics, Cybersecurity, or other scientific fields.

Interested applicants should contact their school’s scholarship and financial aid office to apply.

The Alamo Chapter’s Military Education Grant Program is offering grants to help offset the cost of books and fees not covered by the military tuition assistance program. The chapter will award scholarships to selected qualified applicants, not to exceed $500 per applicant per academic year.

These grants will be awarded to active-duty enlisted and junior officers (O1-O3), living in Texas and pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering, intelligence and math field of study. These fields include, but are not limited to: engineering, computer science, information systems, chemistry, physics, intelligence, national security and math.

Each application will be judged on its own merits. Primary consideration will be given to academic excellence. The applicant should provide as much information as possible to assist the scholarship committee in making its selections. Each application must include a copy of the applicant’s transcript, proof of enrollment in the applicable course, evidence of a passing grade in the applicable course, and copies of the book/lab fee receipts. Please submit materials to us at

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This program promotes increased effectiveness of science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in San Antonio and the surrounding area. Title I schools and teachers will receive special emphasis. The purpose of the grant is to purchase equipment, consumable supplies and teaching materials needed to support STEM activities. Additionally, special consideration is given to Title I schools and teachers to offset entrance fees for STEM-focused competitions.

Grants are limited to $1,000. Applicants must provide an itemized invoice for purchases prior to approval. Applicants are highly encouraged to provide testimonials of how these grants positively impacted their school, class or students. Testimonials will be posted on the Alamo AFCEA webpage. Repeat applications are authorized, but not in the same academic year.

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The SA BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition is a contest held annually to inspire and interest high school students in the fields of science and engineering. With guidance from adult mentors, local teams of students design and build a remote-controlled machine to accomplish a specific task. The students receive a box of raw materials from which to build the machine and are given 6 weeks to design and construct it. The task of the robot is secret until Kick-off Day, when all the teams receive final instructions. On Competition Day, all schools will compete head-on with each other in a thrilling science-fair-turned-sports-event. Several teams advance to the regional Texas BEST competition and compete with the BEST robots from other areas.

More information on the San Antonio BEST program may be found at

FIRST is More Than Robots℠. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields and inspire them to become leaders and innovators. Through FIRST, students develop valuable, real-world skills applicable to all career choices and outcomes.


The Alamo Education Foundation offers scholarships annually to graduating seniors from the SA BEST competition and Alamo FIRST Robotics. Scholarships correspond with the yearly theme of the Foundation and highlight outstanding accomplishments and innovation in the future of STEM. If you are a scholarship recipient, please click the button below to submit your request form.

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Alamo chapter is leading the way in responding to our members’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing Micro-Scholarships for our Young AFCEANs stuck at home. We are opening an application process on our website from August 15, 2020 until September 15, 2020 for you to apply for one of ten $500 scholarships to be used to:

  • Pay for STEM CEUs
  • Enroll in an online STEM course
  • Obtain a monthly education subscription
  • Purchase a voucher for a STEM/IT certification
  • Advance your technical/STEM education (submit your idea for consideration)
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St. Mary's Scholarship

The Office of Financial Assistance connects students and families with the financial resources required to finance a St. Mary’s education. Our staff works personally with students and their families to explain available options and help them to choose the best methods to meet the cost of attendance.

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Science Teaching Tools Grant

This program is intended to promote effective science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in the San Antonio and surrounding area. Special emphasis will be given to Title I schools and teachers.

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Words of Appreciation from AFCEA Scholarship Recipients

Thank you very much for selecting me to receive the Alamo AFCEA scholarship. I am very grateful. It is always motivating to me when a third party shows hope in my education like you did. Thank you so much for what you do.
Andrew Weinrich, B.S. Geophysics
Thank you so much! This generous award will truly make a difference in the obtainment of my degree and my future. Knowing that I have support for continuing my education in the computer engineering field pushes me to work harder.
Gabrielle Cho, B.S. Computer Engineering
I am very fortunate to have been chosen as a recipient of the Alamo AFCEA scholarship. Following graduation I plan to move to the front of the classroom and work as an educator in the public school system. Thank you for the financial support you have provided to me and the UTSA community.
Benjamin Covington, Senior, Multidisciplinary Science major
Networking and job opportunities are crucial at this stage in a students life. The connections you and AFCEA have provided to myself and all the other recipients of the scholarship will prove invaluable in our coming job/internship searches. I am very grateful for all the work you have put in to assuring that not only can we fund our education, but that we also have great options once we are out of school.
Luke Weatherby
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