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Education Foundation Annual Scholarship Luncheon – Tuesday, May 19th

The Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation will host its annual scholarship luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Ms. Charisse Stokes, Director-Education Foundation, will preside over the luncheon along with Chapter President, Mr. Eric Sloan, to speak to luncheon attendees regarding the Foundation’s outreach efforts and to recognize local students for their tenacity in academic achievement in pursuit of STEM-driven careers.

The Chapter’s Education Foundation will take this time to formally recognize the achievements of local River Region students and STEM instructors receiving High School Information Technology Internship Program (ITIP) awards and “Education For Industry” scholarships. Last year, the Chapter successfully placed 5 hard-working students in HS ITIP positions (paid internships with local IT companies) and awarded 4 “Education For Industry” college scholarships to local ASU and Troy students. Additionally, 2 local STEM instructors were awarded STEM scholarships to continue their higher education in STEM-related fields.

During the luncheon select schools will also be awarded grants to fund STEM related initiatives and the purchase of state-of-the-art essential STEM technology/equipment/software for enhanced classroom learning.

Providing scholarships and internship opportunities for local, hard-working students is only a portion of the Education Foundation’s outreach efforts to promote STEM education in the community—the Chapter also continuously provides support via Robotics donations to the Wetumpka Robotics Program (who placed 1st overall in the War Eagle BEST competition and 2nd overall in the South’s BEST competition this year) and the growing Macon County Robotics Program. The Prattville Girl Scouts were also recipients of a Robotics donation in 2014. Additionally, the Chapter works to support local schools within Montgomery and Macon counties via Chapter Initiative Grants (in 2014, totaled over $25,000) and Science Teaching Tools Grants.

The Education Foundation will take time during the luncheon to recognize the generosity of corporate donors that make such education outreach efforts possible. The luncheon itself will be sponsored by IBM, for the third consecutive year!

We welcome you to attend the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation Annual Scholarship Luncheon to hear more about how industry’s donations support the local community in fostering IT into the education of today’s youth.

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