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Women In Defense Awards Three 2015 HORIZONS Scholarships for Academic
Year 2015-2016

HORIZONS Scholarships were awarded this fall to three outstanding students, reported Kirstin J Knott, Women In Defense HORIZONS Scholarship Director. Following are the recipients:

Congratulations to WID's 2015 HORIZONS Scholarship recipients:

Ms. Elizabeth Irwin

Ms. Katherine Leggiero
Ms. Melissa Skorka

Thanks to everyone's support and contributions, WID was able to afford $16,000 to these young women in STEM and national security studies for the 2015-2016 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 Commitee, 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 currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time.
  2. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; undergraduates must have attained 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 woman.
  7. Be a citizen of the United States.
  8. Be a member of Women in Defense.

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

Completed applications, essays, recommendations and transcripts must be received postmarked no later than JULY 15.
Send application packages to: WID HORIZONS, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201-3061.
Applicant is solely responsible for making sure all materials arrive to meet the deadline.

Application Submission Checklist

Complete submission packet includes:

   - Completed application
   - One essay (three segments) 
   - Official academic transcripts
   - Two recommendation letters
   - Proof of U.S. Citizenship

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 Sepember.
Please check our website periodically, however no phone calls, please.

Fundraising events and donations from corporations and individuals make it possible to provide HORIZONS scholarships. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: WID HORIZONS, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201-3061.

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