Gravely & Paige Grants for STEM Teachers FY24

Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship

The AFCEA Educational Foundation provides funding to U.S. elementary, secondary, and intermediate schools to promote STEM innovation in the classrooms. Grants will be up to $2,000 for awarded STEM teacher programs and projects.

To be eligible, teachers applying for the grant must be teaching a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) subject at an elementary, secondary, or intermediate school in the United States and be a U.S. citizen.

Teachers working in schools with economically disadvantaged students will be considered first. The awards are available to public and private schools.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

Before you proceed, please prepare the following:

1. Name and email address of the principal of the school

2. Letter of Recommendation (submitted by principal after application)

A letter of recommendation from your school principal is required.

Please have your principal provide information regarding your teaching performance and accomplishments and how the grant will have an impact on or change your current teaching position, classroom, and/or afterschool program.

The AFCEA Grant Selection Committee welcomes any other relevant information in support of this application.

Letters must be submitted in pdf form via email to

It is your responsibility to ensure your principal sends your letter of recommendation.

In compliance with the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the AFCEA Educational Foundation will not release letters of nomination or recommendation to any person or place.

The letter of recommendation from the principal of the school and any additional materials must be received to be considered.

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