16 HORIZONS Scholarship recipients to share more than $131,000
WASHINGTON – Sixteen women from around the country will share in more than $131,000 for their academic pursuits as the Women In Defense HORIZONS Scholarship class of 2018-19, the Arlington, VA-based defense nonprofit announced Aug. 8.
The awardees were selected from among 61 applicants for the annual scholarships that help fund women who are studying for careers in defense and foreign policy.
“I am elated for these women,” said Rachel McCaffrey, executive director of WID and herself a retired Air Force intelligence officer. “Their creativity, innovation, leadership and passion demonstrate their potential and their commitment to our nation. They embody what WID stands for: the power of diversity in strengthening our national defense.”
Some awardees indeed have remarkable studies. Take Priya Balasubramanian, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Passionate about hastening research-to-treatment in medicine, her research on an in-vitro brain-on-a-chip platform could speed treatments for traumatic brain injuries and diseases emerging from bioengineered pathogens.
Or J. Claire Wilhelm, a master of arts degree candidate in international science and technology policy at George Washington University in D.C. This mechanical engineer intends to help bridge the gap between scientists and policymakers.
Or Elizabeth Salesky, a master of science degree candidate in computer science and language technology at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, who wants to use machine learning to advance translation.
“We are so excited for this class of HORIZONS honorees, who truly represent diverse fields of study and career paths,” said Hawk Carlisle, president and chief executive officer of the National Defense Industrial Association. “Defending our nation takes more than the military. Behind those warfighters are great minds capable of great ideas.”
WID is an affiliate of NDIA, which gave $100,000 to the scholarship fund to mark the organization’s centennial in 2019. The remaining funds came from Northrop Grumman Corp. among other defense industry sponsors, plus private donations and those from WID chapters.
A evening reception in honor of the recipients is scheduled for Aug. 8 at Holland & Knight LLP in Washington.
The awardees are:
- Katharine Ahrens, Ph.D. candidate, mathematics, North Carolina State University
- Priya Balasubramanian, Ph.D. candidate, electrical and computer engineering, Cornell Universit
- Sarah Grant, third-year law student, Harvard University
- Erika Lustig, a senior, computer science and computational mathematics, Michigan State University
- Miranda McConnell, master of science candidate, mechanical engineering, Purdue University
- Schuyler Moore, master of arts candidate, security studies, Georgetown University
- Amber Morgan, master of arts candidate, nonproliferation and terrorism studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
- Allison Murray, Ph.D. candidate, mechanical engineering, Purdue University
- Kathryn Nickelson, master of arts candidate, national security and diplomacy, Texas A&M University
- Ashley Nicolas, third-year law student, Georgetown University
- Daniela Ondraskova, master of public policy candidate, University of Chicago
- Elena Osoro Camacena, master of engineering candidate, nuclear engineering, University of California, Berkeley
- Elani Owen, master of arts candidate, international policy, Stanford University
- Elizabeth Salesky, master of science candidate, computer science and language technology, Carnegie Mellon University
- J. Claire Wilhelm, master of arts candidate, international science and technology policy, George Washington University
- B. Winter, master of public policy candidate, University of Chicago
The 2019-20 HORIZONS Scholarship class will open for applications in early 2019. For more information, visit WomenInDefense.net. To speak with a WID representative or a scholarship awardee, contact Evamarie Socha, NDIA communications director, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Defense Industrial Association is the trusted leader in defense and national security associations. As a 501(c)(3) corporate and individual membership association, NDIA engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to exchange ideas, information and capabilities that lead to the development of the best policies, practices, products and technologies to ensure the safety and security of our nation. For more information, visit www.ndia.org
Women In Defense supports the advancement and recognition of women in national security. WID provides women a business environment for professional growth through strategic networking, education and career development. WID cultivates leadership skills and relationships, mentoring and education through national and regional events. For more information, visit www.womenindefense.net