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HORIZONS Scholarship

Scholarship Provider: WOMEN IN DEFENSE, A National Security Organization
Application Deadline: 07/01/2012
Description: 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.

Fields of Study

Focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, 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.
Scholarship Amount: See other comments
Scholarship Website:
School Type Requirement: Four Year College
Applicant Class Requirement: Junior or Senior or Entering Graduate Student or Current Graduate Student
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Applicant Requirement: Female
Awards Given: 1
Length of Award: Renewable
Minimum GPA: 3.25 or better
Other Comments: Please note the number of awards given varies from year to year.  Last year six awards were given, but in the two years prior only 3 awards were given. Visit to see the awards given in prior years.

To apply, please visit:

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.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

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.
* Junior level undergraduates (60+ credits) and graduate students are eligible.
* Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense.
* Demonstrate financial need.
* Recipients of past awards may apply for future financial assistance.

Award Amount:

Last year's range was from $500-$12,000.  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.


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.

Scholarship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Jane Patrick Casey, CAE Staff Director Women In Defense, A National Security Organization Director of Membership, National Defense Industrial Association
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22201-3061
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