Deadline: July 1, 2013. See requirements below.
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Goal by Sep. 30, 2013: $50,000
Achieved as of May 17, 2013: $21,468
HORIZONS Celebrates 25th Anniversary This Year
The HORIZONS Scholarship was established in 1988 to encourage women to study science, technology, engineering, and math, plus other fields that support national security. The anniversary celebration began at the HORIZONS Luncheon at the 2012 National Conference. Learn the inspiring stories of award recipients by clicking here.
HORIZONS Program Receives Significant Contributions from EADS North America, Northrop Grumman Corporation
The Women In Defense HORIZONS Scholarship Program received a donation in the amount of $10,000 from EADS North America in March.
"The faith and support of the EADS leadership, evident in this contribution, is tremendously appreciated," said WID president Tricia Ward. "At a time when companies have to justify each dollar more than ever, EADS has invested in the future of promising young women who will make a difference in our nation's defense."
During the Oct. 10 HORIZONS Scholarship Luncheon at the 2012 Women In Defense National Conference, Northrop Grumman representative Treva Langston presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to WID HORIZONS Scholarship Director Brenda McKinney.
Since leaders of WID launched the HORIZONS program in 1988, 116 scholarships worth more than $180,000 have been awarded to students enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate programs.
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. (This is not law enforcement or criminal justice.) The amount of the awards varies each year.
A panel of judges, composed of 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.
Applicants must meet the following criteria. No exceptions will be considered.
- Be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time.
- Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; undergraduates must have attained at least junior level status (60 credits).
- Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.25.
- Be a woman.
- 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.
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. 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 no later than JULY 1. Send application packages to: WID HORIZONS, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201-3061.
Applicant is responsible for making sure all materials arrive to meet the deadline.
Application Submission Checklist
Complete submission packet includes:
- Completed application
- Three essays
- 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. Please check periodically; no inquiries, please! This volunteer-run organization cannot return telephone calls, and e-mail is limited.
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.