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Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship

Offered by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Nov 15, 2023
1 award worth


Grade level

College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

November 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a female college student pursuing a STEM major who has served in the U.S. armed forces or are enrolled in an ROTC program? If so, you may be eligible for the Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship! The scholarship is open to female college STEM majors who are current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, are in ROTC programs, or descend from veterans or AFCEA members.

The program is offered by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), a nonprofit membership association that seeks to provide a forum for the “ethical exchange of information.” This scholarship honors Colonel Kathleen Swacina and her accomplishments with the AFCEA to support the community and support students who persevere when faced with adversity. Every year, one applicant receives a $1,500 scholarship to use towards their education. If you are passionate about STEM and have a personal connection to the Armed forces, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to full-time female college students pursuing a degree in the STEM field. Applicants must also be a current or former member of the U.S. armed forces, enrolled in a ROTC program, or a direct descendant of an AFCEA member or an honorably discharged member of the armed forces. Lastly, applicants must meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student


US Citizens

Minimum GPA


Academic Interest

Computer Science, Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biology

Other Category

Veteran, ROTC, Women


Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application, proof of qualifying criteria of U.S. armed forces or AFCEA affiliation, and the below application materials.


Academic transcript

Letters of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship open to international students?

No, this scholarship is only open to US Citizens.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association at 800-336-4583.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

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