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NDIA’s Women In Defense Announces 2016 HORIZONS Scholarship Recipients

Women In Defense is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual HORIZONS scholarship program.

“We congratulate this year’s scholars and look forward to following them as they prepare to serve in defense and national security,” said Rene’ Carbone Bardorf, Executive Director of Women In Defense and Chief Communications Officer for NDIA. “Furthering one’s education in national security studies not only shapes an individual’s understanding of our nation’s values, interests and challenges, but it strengthens their character and dedication to a higher calling. These women will actively engage to find solutions to our nation’s most complex national security challenges, and we are proud of them for their determination and dedication to answer the call to serve our nation.”

Through its HORIZONS scholarship program, Women In Defense offers scholarships to female students in undergraduate or graduate programs related to international relations, political science, national security and defense. The 2016 recipients are as follows:

Lindsay Gabbert – Pennsylvania State University, Homeland Security/Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense
Linnea Johnson – The George Washington University, Data Science
Hannah Lyness – Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics
Kathryn Morisy – Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Strategic Studies and International Economics
Elisabeth Whitbeck – Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, National Security Policy

The HORIZONS program has awarded scholarships to support the advancement of women in national security and defense careers since 1988. Past HORIZONS recipients have secured careers in the State Department and Department of Defense, as well as organizations like BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Goldman Sachs, RAND Corporation, and SAIC.

Thanks to everyone's support and contributions, WID was able to afford $26,500 to these young women in STEM and national security studies for the 2016-2017 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 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

Women In Defense is not currently accepting applications.

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 September.
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, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201-3061.

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