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The Leonard P. Gollobin Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship program was generously bequeathed by Mr. Gollobin to direct students developing their technical talents into the defense industry. Throughout his career Mr. Gollobin led scientific initiatives that improved our defense systems and strategically shaped our military capabilities. The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) will be administering the scholarship with the intent to provide financial support for those seeking advanced degrees and a path to leverage their technical competence and commitment, like Mr. Gollobin, to strengthen our nation’s security. Applications are due by May 5, 2014. 
Download/Print/View the scholarship guidelines. (pdf)
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NDIA Great Lakes Chapter STEM Scholarship
The Program:  Semi-annually, the NDIA Great Lakes Chapter will award one or more scholarships to those who are seeking bachelor degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).  The Chapter STEM initiative is an organizational commitment to preparing the Great lakes region for global competitiveness through a strategy of enhanced science, technology engineering and mathematics education and career development opportunities for Great Lakes’ area students. This strategy is executed in cooperation with the NDIA National STEM initiative for the entire United States.
We are currently accepting applications for the Spring Semester!  For details and applications go to:

STEMester of Service Grants
Youth Service America is accepting applications for the STEMester of Service Greant.  Funded by Learn and Serve America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, STEMester of Service incorporates YSA's semester-long service-learning framework to engage educators and students in addressing critical environmental needs and connecting them to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula. YSA is seeking 10 middle schools with large populations of disadvantaged youth to join 20 returning STEMester of Service grantees. STEM schools must be located in one of the 12 states with highest dropout rates (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Washington). The $5,000 grant (that includes travel and training at YSA's Youth Service Institute in Detroit in October) supports teachers as they engage local partners and guide students in addressing local needs through planning and implementing sustainable service projects.

SMART Defense Scholarship Program
Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarship Program provides:

  • full tuition at any accredited college or university in the United States
  • annual stipend of $25,000 – $41,000 per year depending on educational status
  • summer internship opportunities
  • health insurance stipend
  • book allowance
  • post graduation job placement

SMART scholarships can be funded for 1-5 years (depending on degree program). 

ACE Mentor Program and Scholarship 
The national ACE Mentor program unites professionals with students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. Design teams are created with mentors guiding Junior and Senior high school students through an actual design project. Held throughout the school year in after school sessions, teams present their final designs at year end with winners presenting their designs to civic and professional organizations. Bechtel Construction Operations, Inc. in Frederick, Maryland is in its fifth year sponsoring a local ACE program. "We look at applicants from prep, public, and home school backgrounds, but we don’t look only at grades" said Carol Ritz, Bechtel’s ACE program coordinator. "We often accept students with a 3.0 GPA who are not quite sure where to go, but are determined to be successful."

Bechtel accepts 45 students annually and offers scholarships and job placement assistance for ACE program graduates.

Disney’s Youth Education Series
"Discover the Magic of Learning" is the motto for Disney’s Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) where fifth through 8th grade students visit Disney theme parks to see how classroom principles apply to real life applications.  Barbara Blake, Program Manager at Walt Disney World, works with teachers and special interest groups to design 3-hour, in park experiences that test the theories of many disciplines, including STEM. 

"Disney as a company recognizes the importance of STEM in the design and functionality of our parks and resorts," said Christine DeMichael, Y.E.S. Marketing Manager, "as well as in animation, show production, and in our education and research partnership with NASA."

Walt Disney World currently offers nineteen programs, including animation, science, physics, sound effects, technical theater design, stage effects, lighting, and grid design. 

HORIZONS Scholarship Program, Women in Defense

HORIZONS Scholarship Program, Women in Defense
Women in Defense (WID) created the HORIZONS scholarship fund in 1988 to "help foster women’s growth in national security", and awarded its 100th scholarship in 2014. "What makes our scholarship unique is that it allows women to study a multitude of disciplines that benefit national security in unique ways," said Jane Patrick Casey, past WID Staff Director.

Brenda McKinney, Immediate Past Director of the HORIZONS Scholarship Fund, said that this year’s recipients included a mechanical engineering student working on robotics projects for the military, a Public Policy and Management student working with the Secret Service, and a J.D. candidate working on Homeland Security initiatives. "I am amazed at what these young women have accomplished!" she said.
Additionally, many of WID’s local chapters also offer scholarships and mentoring programs.
HORIZONS Scholarship Program, Women In Defense
Contact: Barbara Dunlavey
Executive Director, Women in Defense
Tel: (703) 247-2551

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 intended 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. The amount of the awards varies each year. Qualifications and an application are at the web address above.

Additionally, many of WID’s local chapters offer scholarships and mentoring programs. To learn more, visit

The Hubert D. Harris Scholarship Program
The Hubert D. Harris Scholarship Program was established in 1991 to memorialize Hugh Harris for his many contributions to the targets community in both government and industry.  The Division has been joined by NDIA’s Gulf Coast Chapter as a co-sponsor of the scholarship program.

Hugh was a longtime member and leader in various professional organizations including the IEEE, AOC, and ADPA (forerunner of the NDIA).  He served two years as the national chairman for the Aerial Targets and RPV Section, working closely with all three military services.  Subsequent to his death on June 9, 1991, Hugh was the posthumous winner of the Division’s Willis Howard Award for outstanding service.

The Hugh Harris Scholarship is presented annually to a deserving high school senior who will be entering an accredited four-year university in pursuit of a math, engineering or hard science degree.  Profits from the Hugh Harris Memorial Golf Tournament, held during the annual Targets, UAVs and Range Operations Symposium, supplement the $50,000 base scholarship fund.

Please contact Cort Proctor, Division Board Member, via e-mail at to request additional information.


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