Maureen Anne Smolskis - Fall 2014 Recipient 

 Scholarships/HORIZONS 

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Women In Defense Awards Four 2014 HORIZONS Scholarships for Academic
Year 2014-2015


HORIZONS Scholarships were awarded this fall to four outstanding students, reported Brenda McKinney, Women In Defense HORIZONS Scholarship Director. Following are the recipients:

Julia LeStrange Stern - $18,110, International Global Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Maureen Anne Smolskis - $11,000, International Relations, Connecticut College
Maureen Katherine Rowell - $3,000, Civil Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
Brookelle Jane Stockton - $3,000, Applied Intelligence, Mercyhurst University

Connecticut College NewsArticle on Maureen Smolskis, HORIZONS Scholarship Award

Recipients were chosen from 99 applicants, who came from all parts of the nation.

The HORIZONS Scholarship Program encourages women to pursue careers related to U.S. national security and defense and to provide development opportunities to women already working in these fields. Since 1990, HORIZONS has made 125 awards of over $268,000.

The scholarship competition is open to rising juniors and above, including graduate level, to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens already employed in or planning careers in defense or national security. The scholarship focuses on selected fields such as cyber security, government relations, engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, business, law, international relations, political science, military history, and economics.

Awards are based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of objectives, recommendations, and financial need. Details: http://wid.ndia.org/horizon.

Scholarship committee members who selected the 2014 recipients are as follows:
Chair, Brenda McKinney, Kelly Government Solutions
Margaret DiVirgilio, Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Monica Edmonds, DMI
Karen Gregory, HRSS consulting Group, LLC
Kirstin Knott, Federal Express

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet 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.

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. 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 15. 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
   - One essay (three segments) 
   - 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 the end of Sepember. 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.

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