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Montgomery College Secures $120,000 Commitment for Engineering and Computer Science Scholarships from AFCEA Bethesda Chapter

Association to Receive Naming Opportunity in New Rockville Science Center

The Bethesda Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) recently made a four-year commitment totaling $120,000 to Montgomery College for engineering and computer science scholarships. In recognition of AFCEA’s continued support, the College will name the Physics, Engineering and Geosciences Office Suite in the new Rockville Campus Science Center in AFCEA Bethesda’s honor. “We are grateful to the Bethesda Chapter of AFCEA Bethesda for supporting the education of our county’s future engineers and computer scientists,” said Montgomery College president Dr. DeRionne Pollard, “The association has been our partner in educating STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) students for the past three years. We are delighted to recognize AFCEA Bethesda in our new Science Center.”

AFCEA Bethesda is an educational, nonprofit organization that encourages greater government/industry partnerships and information exchange. The organization established the AFCEA Bethesda Chapter Scholars Program at Montgomery College in 2007 with an initial gift of $30,000 and made subsequent gifts of the same size in 2008 and 2009. To date, AFCEA Bethesda has helped more than 30 Montgomery College students with financial challenges obtain a quality education in STEM fields that are in high demand.

“Montgomery College is a regional and national leader in educating students in the engineering, computer science, and other technical fields who will work for our member companies in the future,” said Steve Krauss, president of AFCEA Bethesda. “We recognize the vital role of community colleges in providing high quality and affordable education for thousands of STEM students.”

At the Rockville Campus, Montgomery College offers the largest community college engineering program in the country. Currently, there are approximately 1,000 students in the transfer program.

AFCEA Bethesda Chapter has also established similar scholarship programs at the University of Maryland College Park and the Universities at Shady Grove; Montgomery College students are eligible for the scholarships upon transfer. In the future, AFCEA Bethesda is committed to partnering with all three educational institutions to develop mentorship and internship programs to help students succeed.

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