ASU Senior Receives AFCEA Scholarship Award
By Eriq White, student intern
Alabama State University senior Jimarian Smith is a 2019 recipient of the Montgomery Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) scholarship award.
“I am honored to be chosen for this award,” Smith said. “It means the world to me that my university supports me and encourages me daily. In today’s time, tuition is not cheap, and students are not getting any breaks. That is why this scholarship means so much to me. It enables me to stay in school and finish the first phase of my education.”
The Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation promotes IT integration in classrooms across the River Region as well as to recognize hardworking students and teachers through a variety of scholarships, grants and other distinguished awards.
Smith, a Computer Information Systems (CIS) major, has had a passion for computers since he was in elementary school. Shortly after high school he decided to take an internship at the Department of Defense as an IT Specialist. From that moment forward, he knew he had a passion for computers and decided to make a career out of it. Smith is currently a full-time IT Specialist at Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
Smith advises students who decide to take computer information systems as their major to stay persistent in their chase for success.
“No one is going to look out for your career better than you will,” he said. “Take charge now, so that you’ll have what you want later.”
He also advises students to start making connections as early as possible, stay proactive and use free time as an opportunity to get things done.
“Network and reach out to like-minded students or adults who also want to succeed and want to see you succeed,” he said. “Also, research and stay alert on new technology advances and study how they impact the world today.”
The Montgomery Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) is the premiere IT organization in the River Region. Their goals are to make a positive impact in the Montgomery area opportunities for young future leaders in the community by sharing their knowledge of information technology, as well as raising money for scholarships and grants for local schools, as well as investing in their chapter to create optimal technical service.