Jessica Morgenstern honored by AFCEA's Central Maryland Chapter
Jessica Morgenstern, a Senior Capture Manager in our Defense & Intelligence Group, was recently recognized for her professional accomplishments and leadership role in AFCEA’s Central Maryland Chapter.
Since 2014, Morgenstern has served as the chapter’s Vice President, Scientific Education, leading and managing all of the chapter’s education programs. This year, the chapter awarded $170,000 to 17 local students majoring in STEM fields at a college or university, and 17 STEM Kickstarter grants totaling $65,000. The Kickstarter grants are provided to elementary, middle, or high schools interested in starting a STEM program or initiative (think robotics or other STEM-focused clubs).
“I’m incredibly passionate about AFCEA and our chapter’s ability to help provide STEM education opportunities for Maryland students,” said Morgenstern, who personally reviews and reaches out to all scholarship applicants. “It’s been an honor to serve this chapter and it’s wonderful to see and be a part of the growing cadre of women STEM leaders.”
Morgenstern said she’s looking forward to continuing her mentorship of students across Central Maryland. In 2017, she initiated the CMD STEM Student Internship Presentation Showcase and Award, encouraging STEM interns to enhance their presentation skills.
The chapter also awards $5,000 to Fort Meade Enlisted and Officers' Spouses Clubs for scholarships; $1,000 for local science fair awards; and $10,000 to the Civil Air Patrol to support military cyber training annually. Morgenstern’s contributions to the AFCEA program — while often behind the scenes — are critical to encouraging the next generation of STEM innovators and to AFCEA’s mission of connecting innovative people, great ideas, and vital solutions to advance global security.