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Women In Defense is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year!

HORIZONS Scholarship encourages national security, defense careers

Through the HORIZONS Scholarship, established in 1988, Women In Defense encourages women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas. (Not law enforcement or criminal justice.) The amount of the scholarships varies each year.

A Selection Committee, composed of leading WID members, considers applications and makes awards once each year. WID is in a key position to shape the future defense and national security workforce. WID leaders and members encourage the study of professions related to science, technology, education, and math that support national security professionals.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria. No exceptions will be considered.

  1. Be a female currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time.
  2. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; undergraduates must be at least junior level status (60 credits).
  3. Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense.
  4. Demonstrate financial need.
  5. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.25.
  6. Be a citizen of the United States.

Recipients of past awards may apply for future financial assistance.

Fields of Study

Focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense.

Selection Criteria

Awards will be based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of objectives, recommendations, and financial need. Essays will be evaluated using the Essay Rubric. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, or religion. Women In Defense reserves the right to revise, suspend or discontinue this program without notice.

Deadline, Application, Notification

Applications are now being accepted! Applications are due no later than June 12, 2017.

2017 HORIZONS Scholarship Application - View/Print/Download

Send application packages to:
Women In Defense
Attn: HORIZONS Application
2101 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201-3061

Applicant is solely responsible for making sure all materials arrive to meet the deadline. - June 12, 2017 

Application Submission Checklist

Complete submission packet includes:

   - Completed application
   - Three essay questions - 750 words total
   - Official academic transcripts
   - Two recommendation letters
   - Proof of U.S. Citizenship

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Only applicants selected to receive a HORIZONS scholarship will be notified of the results. Recipients will be posted on the HORIZONS Scholarship Award Winners page by August.
Please check our website frequently for updates, however no phone calls, please.

Fundraising events and donations from corporations, WID Chapters and individuals make it possible to provide HORIZONS scholarships. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: WID HORIZONS, 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201-3061.

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