Homeland Security Scholarships

homeland-security-scholarshipsIn an increasingly dangerous world where global terrorism is a constant concern and natural disasters can strike at any time, homeland security scholarships are becoming popular to encourage qualified individuals towards a career keeping U.S. territories safe.

With more than 200,000 employees, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the fastest-growing agencies in our nation’s federal government. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, there has been a growing need for professionals to specialize in homeland security and become the first-line of defense against various security threats.

If you’re ready to leap into a career securing our borders, airports, seaports, and information infrastructure, then the following are 20 great scholarships that could help you afford your undergraduate or graduate homeland security degree.

1. AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships

Deadline: May 1st

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.

Contact

AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033
(800) 336-4583
edfoundation@afcea.org
Scholarship Link

2. Al Ponte Graduate Scholarship Award

Deadline: July 1st

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.

Contact

Al Ponte Graduate Scholarship Award
7700 Leesburg Pike Suite 324
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 790-0320
scholarships@afio.com
Scholarship Link

3. Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship

Deadline: January 31st

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.

Contact

Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship
737 Flowing Meadow Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(202) 236-7304
scholarship@lintcenter.org
Scholarship Link

4. ASIS Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: February 2nd

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.

Contact

ASIS Foundation Scholarships
1625 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-6200
asis@asisonline.org
Scholarship Link

5. CIA Graduate Scholarship Program

Deadline: October 15th

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.

Contact

CIA Graduate Scholarship Program
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20505
(703) 482-0623
Scholarship Link

6. CTU Homeland Security Grant

Deadline: April 5th

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.

Contact

CTU Homeland Security Grant
4435 North Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 598-0200
mbalsan@ctuonline.edu
Scholarship Link

7. CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

Deadline: Varies

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.

Contact

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service
1900 East Street NW
Washington, DC 20415
(202) 606-1800
sfs@opm.gov
Scholarship Link

8. David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: February 4th

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.

Contact

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
P.O. Box 20010
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 696-1991
nsep@nsep.gov
Scholarship Link

9. DHS Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 5th

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.

Contact

DHS Scholarship Program
650 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 282-8000
dhsed@orau.org
Scholarship Link

10. Janet Dilling and Robert McDaniel Scholarship

Deadline: March 20th

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.

Contact

Janet Dilling and Robert McDaniel Scholarship
113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, FL 32309
(850) 644-9961
emcertinfo@cdrp.net
Scholarship Link

11. Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

Deadline: July 31st

In the amount of $1,500, the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship is presented annually through the Lint Center for National Security Studies Inc. to help further the education of college students in counterintelligence, homeland security, international affairs, national defense, alliance building, and other security-related areas. For consideration, candidates must prepare an 800-word essay fully explaining one of the concepts of the Lint Center, which will be judged on scholarly rigor, creativity, and innovation. Applicants who do not win the scholarship will be automatically considered for the Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship.

Contact

Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship
737 Flowing Meadow Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(202) 236-7304
scholarship@lintcenter.org

12. Mr. Jack McCoy Scholarship

Deadline: July 31st

Also administered through the Lint Center for National Security Studies, the Mr. Jack McCoy Scholarship was established to provide $1,500 in honor of a beloved Korean War veteran who was been a great representative of America to foreign college students in Oklahoma City. To qualify, candidates must be accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution to pursue studies related to international affairs, counterintelligence, homeland security, and other areas of national security. Applications will not be complete without an 800-word essay discussing the topic of how diplomatic approaches can be used to solve world problems.

Contact

Mr. Jack McCoy Scholarship
737 Flowing Meadow Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(202) 236-7304
scholarship@lintcenter.org

13. National HS-STEM Summer Internship

Deadline: January 5th

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.

Contact

National HS-STEM Summer Internship
650 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 282-8000
dhsed@orau.org
Scholarship Link

14. National Security Scholars Program

Deadline: October 3rd

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.

Contact

National Security Scholars Program
60 West Street Suite 201
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 428-4716
lsubotich@micua.org
Scholarship Link

15. Peter Jasin Endowed Scholarships

Deadline: July 1st

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.

Contact

Peter Jasin Endowed Scholarships
7700 Leesburg Pike Suite 324
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 790-0320
scholarships@afio.com
Scholarship Link

16. Secure Indiana Scholarship Program

Deadline: July 1st

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.

Contact

Secure Indiana Scholarship Program
302 West Washington Street Suite E208
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-3980
mafields@dhs.in.gov
Scholarship Link

17. Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship Award

Deadline: September 15th

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.

Contact

Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship Award
445 West 59th Street Room 1280N
New York City, NY 10019
(212) 237-8872
mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu
Scholarship Link

18. Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: July 1st

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.

Contact

Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship
928 Broadway Suite 703
New York, NY 10010
(646) 822-4236
nleafcf@nleafcf.org
Scholarship Link

19. William J. Yankee Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: June 1st

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.

Contact

William J. Yankee Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 8037
Chattanooga, TN 37414
(800) 272-8037
directorgougler@polygraph.org
Scholarship Link

20. Women in Defense Horizons Scholarships

Deadline: July 15th

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.

Contact

Women in Defense Horizons Scholarships
2111 Wilson Blvd. Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-1820
wid@ndia.org
Scholarship Link

There’s no limit to career opportunities for homeland security degree holders in mission support, law enforcement, border patrol, cyber security, customs protection, transportation security, and other areas of defense. Since tuition prices continue to steadily climb, it’s important for you to reap a good value from your homeland security degree by uncovering financial aid resources that won’t need to be repaid. Consider applying to some of these great homeland security scholarships to finance your education and start protecting your fellow American citizens.

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