Through the WID Scholar program, Women In Defense encourages women to pursue careers supporting U.S. national security with a focus on defense or foreign policy. Since its establishment in 1988, the WID Scholar program, previously HORIZONS, has awarded more than $675,000 to more than 165 recipients pursuing degrees ranging from law to engineering to math to public policy. Awards are based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations, and financial need. Recipients must report periodically on the impact of the awards on their personal and professional lives.
Applicants must be women currently enrolled or expected to be enrolled at an accredited university or college by the next academic term, either full-time or part- time, be at least a junior undergraduate student or higher, demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense, demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be a U.S. citizen.
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, policy and diplomacy, intelligence and economics. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.