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Windy City AOC Scholarship Award Program

The Windy City AOC Chapter provides Scholarship Awards to Chicago-area Universities with engineering programs preparing students for potential careers in Electronic Defence and Warfare.

We offer and disburse up to seven scholarships at $2500 each calendar year.    Awards are made in March.

How is the scholarship program administered?

The AOC Windy City Chapter Education Foundation is the governing body for administering all chapter scholarships. It is composed of all the Officers and Board of Directors of the Chapter. The principal point of contact for our scholarship program is the Scholarship Director/Chairperson. The general purpose of our program is to sponsor scholarships at Chicago-area colleges on a yearly basis to encourage and help the upcoming professional student in engineering and the hard sciences to pursue a career in National Electronic Defence. The memorial scholarship awards are: Edward W. Adams Memorial Scholarship, Robert L. Kranz Memorial Scholarship, John H. Bartels memorial Scholarship, Jerry Dutka Honorary Scholarship, Dr. Gunter Dohler Memorial Scholarship, the George G. Giacomino Memorial Scholarship, and the Ronald Langietti Memorial Scholarship.  They are direct grants given to students through a college/university. The scholarships are awarded annually and are administered by the Universities (the Universities select the recipient(s) within the criteria provided by the Foundation; the AOC Chapter Board approves the selectees).

What are the Requirements and Application Process?

The scholarship recipients must be undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field, who demonstrate an interest in National Defense and academic excellence. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, beyond the first year of undergraduate study, and maintain a “B” grade point average or better. Recipients can be awarded the scholarships more than once so long as they meet the criteria. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, creed, sex or national origin.

The following items are required of each applicant:

  • Submit an application form
  • Submit a short essay of not more than two typewritten pages (12-point font, double-spaced) on their interests with regard to National Defense. Specifically, address how their interest and education objectives will support future contributions to National Defense. Examples include future employment in radar, sonar, infrared, electronic countermeasures, surveillance, guidance, optics, lasers, navigation, information warfare, etc.
  • Optional but highly desirable: The name and membership number of current AOC professional(s) who recommend the applicant.
  • Information and articles on recent developments in Electronic Defense are available in the magazine Journal of Electronic Defense published monthly by the AOC Electronic Warfare Association in Alexandria VA or online at Another useful source of information is the book History of U.S Electronic Warfare by Alfred Price

What criteria are used to select the scholarship winners?

Selection of the applicants shall be based on:

  • Interest and potential future contribution to National Defence. (Based on the student essay)
  • Academic Excellence
  • Recommendations from AOC members

Who selects the scholarship winners?

Students are selected by the University. The selection shall be made by unbiased, independent person(s) not affiliated with the local chapter. The selected student names, degree program, GPA, expected graduation year, essay and nominations (if any) are to be presented to the Chapter Scholarship Director for routine confirmation of the selection process. No financial information is requested.


The current universities participating in the scholarship program along with the university POCs are:

Bradley University

Dr. Brian D. Huggins
ECE Department
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625


Illinois Institute of Technology

Alyssa A. Liberman

Director, Marketing & Communications
Armour College of Engineering

3301 South Dearborn                                                             
Chicago, IL 60616                                                                   

Marquette University

Emily Casanta, Scholarship Assistant

Office of Student Financial Aid

Marquette University

Phone: 414-288-4805

Fax: 424-288-1718

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

Swen Parson Hall 245

Mia Hannon                                                                            
Business Manager                                                                 

Dean's Office, EB321                                                            

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, EB130
DeKalb, IL 60115-2872
(O) 815-753-1284  (Fax) 815-753-1310


Nick Jones, Outreach Coordinator

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, EB331

Phone:  815-753-9961

Northwestern University
Wesley R. Burghardt                                                              
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Engineering                        
2145 Sheridan Road                                             

Evanston, IL 60209                                                 
(847) 467-1401

Purdue University

Sally Luzader

Manager of Corporate Relations

Department of Computer Science

305 N University St, 3144B Lawson

West LaFayete, IN 47907

(765) 494-6180


University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana

Marie-Christine Brunet, PhD

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs

206 Engineering hall, MC-272

1308 West Green Street

Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217) 333-2280; Fax: (217) 244-4974

University of Illinois Chicago 

Ludwig C. Nitsche

Associate Dean for Undergraduate affairs UIC College of Engineering

851 South Morgan M/C 159
Chicago, IL 60607
(O) 312.996.3463  (Fax) 312-413-3365

How are funds distributed?

Up to seven $2,500 scholarships are awarded to the student recipients.  The Universities and number of scholarships may change annually at the discretion of the AOC Board of Directors.  Applications are generally due by 1 December.  The Chapter asks that University notification of selection of the scholarship recipients, their application forms, and essays be sent to the Windy City AOC Scholarship Chairperson by 15 December of each year.  Final confirmation occurs after an annual board meeting, in which approval of the students selected is granted.  The Board also asks that after confirmation, the University invite the students selected to attend the local chapter’s annual Scholarship Awards Meeting/Education Night Ceremony, typically held on the first Saturday in March, in Rolling Meadows, IL.  The Scholarship checks are awarded at the Ceremony.  The purpose of this event is to introduce the student recipients to family members of the scholarship honourees.  It also provides an opportunity for the recipients to learn more about the AOC and Electronic Defence itself, informing them of opportunities and challenges in the field by current engineering professionals. The chapter hopes to attract students into the National Defence Industry involving Electronic Countermeasures and Defence.


2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients will be recognized at the annual banquet on March 3, 2018

Scholarship Winners 2016-2017 (Awarded March 2017)

  • Alexa Mathias, Northern Illinois University, winner of the George Giacomino Memorial Scholarship, ME Major
  • Nicholas Lourdis, University of Illinois at Chicago – winner of the Edward Adams Memorial Scholarship, EE Major.
  • Jeffrey ZhuUIUC- winner of the John Bartels Memorial Scholarship, EE Major
  • Monica DelgadoUIC - winner of the Jerry Dutka Honorary Scholarship, ME Major
  • William KellyBradley,- winner of the  Ronald Langietti Memorial Scholarship, EE Major
  • Ben StarcevichNorthern Illinois University, winner of the Dr. Gunter Dohler Memorial Scholarship, ME Major
  • Patrick WaszUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - winner of the Robert L. Kranz Memorial Scholarship, EE Major

Scholarship Winners 2015-2016 (Awarded March 2016)

  • Kylie Broton, Purdue University, winner of the George Giacomino Scholarship, EE Major
  • Nicholas Lourdis,  University of Illinois at Chicago – winner of the Edward Adams Scholarship. Junior, EE Major.
  • Stephan KimNorthwestern University - winner of the John Bartels Scholarship, EE Major
  • Anthony DeCarlo, Northern Illinois University - winner of the Jerry Dutka Honorary Scholarship, ME Major
  • Tyler Peterson, Northern Illinois University,- winner of the Robert L. Kranz Memorial Scholarship, ME Major
  • Mark McKean, Bradley University, winner of the Gunter Dohler Memorial Scholarship, EE Major
  • Brian Todd, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - winner of the Ron Langietti Memorial Scholarship, ME Major

Each student also receives a 1-year complimentary AOC membership, which includes a 1-year subscription to JED magazine.  The AOC Windy City Chapter looks forward to the day when each of these scholarship winners become contributors to the Electronic Warfare and National Defence.

Any questions or inquiries about this scholarship(s) may be directed to the AOC Windy City Chapter, Scholarship Chairperson, Eric Moser at 224-625-4192, or

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.