AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships - Through the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA), the War Veterans Scholarships are granted annually for $2,000 apiece to active duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans who are studying in C41-related fields, including cyber security, homeland security, network security, and strategic intelligence. Qualified applicants must be attending classes full or part-time at an accredited four-year U.S. institution, be at least sophomores, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. With the online application, military personnel should submit two letters of recommendation, official college transcripts, and verification of service and/or discharge.
Al Ponte Graduate Scholarship Award - In honor of his active participation in the development and funding of programs, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) offers the Al Ponte Graduate Scholarship Award for $1,000 each year to outstanding students who are pursuing an advanced degree in homeland security with a focus in intelligence or international relations. Eligible candidates must be AFIO members or children of serving Intelligence personnel, be attending an accredited American graduate school, have U.S. citizenship, and wish to serve in the Intelligence community. Selection will be based on academic merit, moral character, relevance of studies to national security interests, and career ambitions.
Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship - Created by the Lint Center for National Security Studies Inc., the Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship is designed to provide $1,000 annually in honor of a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who was killed in Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2003. Qualified candidates must be attending an accredited U.S. institution to pursue scholastic study in counterintelligence, cultural understanding, homeland security, alliance building, or other closely related national security fields. Applicants must include a current resume, proof of enrollment, college transcripts, two recommendations, and an 800-word essay describing a critical national security issue.
ASIS Foundation Scholarships - Annually, the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Foundation offers six full-tuition scholarships for students seeking the opportunity to complete an online or on-campus degree program through the College of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of Phoenix. For consideration, candidates must meet all admission requirements for enrolling at least half-time in the university’s undergraduate or master’s programs in criminal justice administration, organizational security, cyber security, or global and homeland security. Preference will be given to current security practitioners who show evidence of dedication through participation in security-related professional associations and/or research.
CIA Graduate Scholarship Program - As the principal intelligence-gathering agency in the U.S. federal government, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hosts an annual Graduate Scholarship Program to grant up to $18,000 to graduate school students who agree to work at an Agency facility in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for at least 60 to 90 days before graduation. Eligible candidates must have U.S. citizenship, be over 18 years old, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, have full-time status, and exhibit financial need. Priority is given to minority and disabled students, but any individuals interested in working as intelligence professionals should apply.
CTU Homeland Security Grant - At Colorado Technical University (CTU), the Homeland Security Grant is awarded annually for $5,000 to outstanding incoming students who are enrolling in the university’s Master of Science in Homeland Security program full-time. Qualified candidates must be current or future experts in the field of homeland security, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, not be enrolled at the graduate military tuition rate, and be willing to write whitepapers on the topic of homeland security. In the application process, students must provide a letter of recommendation from a security-related employer and a 500-word essay explaining their future contributions to society.
CyberCorps Scholarship for Service - In collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management offers the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service to provide $20,000 for undergrad, $25,000 for master’s-level, and $30,000 for doctoral-level students each year. Eligible applicants must be full-time college students within two years of graduation, be pursuing a homeland security degree focused on cyber security or information assurance, have U.S. citizenship, be able to obtain a security clearance, and meet all federal employment criteria. Recipients will complete an internship in the Washington DC metropolitan area to strengthen their skills in protecting the nation’s critical information infrastructure.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships - Sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships are granted annually for up to $20,000 apiece to exemplary students pursuing a degree focused on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Eligible undergraduates must have U.S. citizenship, be attending an accredited American post-secondary institution, and agree to work in a federal government position for the Departments of Defense or Homeland Security. Applicants must be applying in a study abroad experience in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East.
DHS Scholarship Program - Each year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosts a scholarship program to provide up to $5,000 to outstanding undergraduate students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in the homeland security field. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, be able to hold a security clearance, have obtained sophomore or junior-level standing, and agree to a one-year service commitment at a DHS-approved facility upon graduation. Completed application forms must include two reference letters, official college transcripts, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a personal essay defining a research interest that’s relevant to the DHS mission.
Janet Dilling and Robert McDaniel Scholarship - At Florida State University, the Janet Dilling and Robert McDaniel Scholarship has been created to cover the full costs of four undergraduate or five graduate courses for active duty service members or veterans from any branch of the U.S. military who are enrolling in the university’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program. Qualified applicants must be accepted for enrollment, have good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or above, and have clear career goals in emergency management and/or homeland security. With the application, students should provide a one-page personal statement, unofficial transcripts, and one professional letter of recommendation.
National HS-STEM Summer Internship - Offering a sizeable $5,000 stipend, the National HS-STEM Summer Internship program is administered through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for undergraduate juniors and seniors who are majoring in any science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field with a clear career interest in homeland security. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens, be able to obtain a security clearance, be at least 18 years old, maintain full-time enrollment at an accredited four-year university, and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.3. Recipients will spend 10 consecutive weeks working with DHS homeland security professionals and researchers.
National Security Scholars Program - Through the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), the National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) is hosted annually to provide up to $20,000 to students attending I-Fund member colleges for receiving a degree in national or homeland security. All applicants must be U.S. citizens, have sophomore or junior-level standing, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, have earned at least 24 college credits, and be available for an in-person interview in November. Successful recipients will participate in a summer internship in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area for hands-on experience collecting, processing, and disseminating intelligence information about national security issues.
Peter Jasin Endowed Scholarships - Within the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), the Peter Jasin Endowed Scholarships are awarded each year for $4,000 to six college students who are further developing their career in counterterrorism, homeland security, intelligence, counterintelligence, national security, and other intelligence-related disciplines. Qualified candidates must be enrolled full-time as undergraduate or graduate students, attend accredited U.S. institutions, have taken courses related to national security studies, and have the overall goal of serving in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Applications must include a cover letter, current resume, copy of academic transcripts, letter of recommendation, and recent photograph.
Secure Indiana Scholarship Program - Established by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), the Secure Indiana Scholarship Program will offer $1,000 to part-time and $2,000 to full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree related to homeland security, emergency management, public safety, or law enforcement. Applicants must be attending an accredited Indiana college, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and be actively involved in volunteer service at an in-state public safety organization. For consideration, applications will require an official transcript, letter of recommendation, current resume, and 500-word essay describing how candidates will support the state’s critical security needs.
Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship Award - In honor of the many alumni members who decided in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship Award is offered for $2,000 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to budding homeland security professionals enrolled full or part-time in at least one Terrorism Studies course each semester. Eligible candidates must have at least nine graduate degree credits, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.3, and write a 500-word personal essay describing how graduate education can contribute to their prevention of terrorism. Recipients will be expected to complete an on-site 40-hour internship at the Center on Terrorism.
Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship - In memory of her 30-year law enforcement career with the United States Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security, the Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship is granted annually by the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation (NLEAFCF) for up to $2,500. Eligible recipients must reside in New York State, have been the child or adopted child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter, be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited American institution, maintain full-time enrollment, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7, and have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Preference is given to those majoring in criminology, pre-law, homeland security, or law enforcement.
William J. Yankee Memorial Scholarship - In honor of the leader of the U.S. Defense Department’s Army Polygraph School who trained polygraphers for the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies, the William J. Yankee Memorial Scholarship is granted annually for $5,000 through the American Polygraph Association (APA). Eligible applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university, plan to attend an APA-accredited basic polygraph examiner training course, and be pursuing a career related to national security or law enforcement. Candidates should submit two letters of recommendation, a resume, and a 1,000-word essay describing how interrogation and interviewing tactics will improve their career.
Women in Defense Horizons Scholarships - Since 1990, the Women in Defense (WID) National Security Organization has been providing the Horizons Scholarships for $3,000 to $18,000 apiece to encourage outstanding women who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees related to cyber security, government relations, international relations, homeland security, political science, and national security. Qualified female applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. institution, have obtained at least junior-level status, exhibit financial need, carry a minimum GPA of 3.25, have U.S. citizenship, be WID members, and demonstrate a clear interest in a career in national security or defense.
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AFCEA Cyber Studies & Intelligence Scholarships - Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, the AFCEA Cyber Studies & Intelligence Scholarships are awarded for $2,250 to $5,000 annually to five students pursuing a major in cyber security, homeland security, intelligence studies, computer science, or electronic engineering. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, be enrolled at a four-year accredited college, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and wish to work in America’s intelligence or homeland security enterprise.
DHS Undergraduate Scholarships - Annually, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers $5,000 scholarships to qualifying undergraduates earning bachelor’s degrees in homeland security-related fields. Eligible recipients must have U.S. citizenship, be at least sophomores, hold security clearance, attend an accredited four-year college, and submit two reference letters. In exchange, scholarship winners must sign a one-year service contract for working at a DHS-approved facility after graduation. There’s also the 10-week National HS-STEM Summer Internship available.
Horizons Women in Defense Scholarships - Ranging from $3,000 to $16,000, the Horizons Women in Defense (WID) Scholarships are presented annually for female U.S. citizens who are obtaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree in homeland security, cyber security, international relations, government, political science, law, etc. Qualified women must be at least juniors, attend an accredited university full or part-time, exhibit financial need, possess a minimum GPA of 3.25, and be committed to a career in national security or defense.
Jeff Greipp Secure Your Future Scholarships - Through the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), the Jeff Greipp Secure Your Future Scholarships are awarded annually to cover full tuition for 10 students pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the College of Security and Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix. Both on-campus and online students studying criminal justice, cyber security, justice administration, homeland security, and security management are eligible. Applicants must meet all UOPX admission requirements and maintain good standing.
National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) - Worth up to $20,000, the National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) is offered by the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) to help sophomores and juniors obtain their degree in national security or homeland security. Eligibility criteria requires students attend an I-Fund member college, have U.S. citizenship, carry a minimum GPA of 3.0, have completed 24 or more credits, and pass an interview. Recipients will be given a once-in-a-lifetime summer internship in the Washington DC Metro.
WIFLE Annual Scholarship Program - Since 2009, the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Inc. has hosted an Annual Scholarship Program to bestow $1,500 upon student members earning accredited four-year bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, law enforcement, homeland security, public safety, or other related social sciences. Eligible applicants must be at least sophomores, attend U.S. colleges, obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0, show active involvement in volunteer work, demonstrate career potential, and be sponsored by police officials.