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National Security Scholars Program

Accepting applications September 1, 2017 through October 13, 2017

Overview                                                  
Program Partners                                                         
Program Benefits
Candidate Eligibility
To Apply
Scholar Selection & Expectations 

                                              

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OVERVIEW

The national security industry confronts the formidable challenge of preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information; collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counter intelligence purposes; and supports military operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

Focusing on the needs of the intelligence and defense industry in Maryland, the I-Fund’s National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) offers opportunities for scholarships, assistance with national security clearance processing, internships, and future employment to students who attend an I-Fund member college or university.

Now entering its 19th year, the NSSP has awarded more than $3M in scholarships to 275 students attending an I-Fund member college or university. Additionally, the NSSP provides a network of opportunities to its partners for the purpose of maintaining a pipeline of future hires addressing current and future employment challenges of the national security industry in Maryland.

PROGRAM PARTNERS (NSSP BOARD)

NSSP Partners include Booz Allen Hamilton; CACI; Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc.; Leidos; Lockheed Martin; ManTech; the National Security Agency; Northrup Grumman; Raytheon; and TechUSA. All Partners provide a minimum contribution of $20,000. Ninety percent of contributions are used to provide scholarships to qualifying students and ten percent of contributions are used to support the administrative costs associated with the program. Partners may appoint one representative to serve on the I-Fund National Security Scholars Program Board and may vote on all NSSP policies and procedures. In addition, Partners participate in the selection of NSSP Scholars and may employ at least one intern who has received national security clearance from the National Security Administration. Each year, the I-Fund hosts an annual event for NSSP Partners and Scholars. Read more...

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Students selected to participate in the program may receive the following benefits:

  • Scholarship award;
  • Paid summer internship in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area with a program Partner;
  • Assistance with processing an application for a national security clearance; and
  • Unique opportunities to explore a future in the national security field and obtain employment leads with the I-Fund’s national security industry Partners.

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to participate in the program, a student must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application, attend an I-Fund member college or university, and not have advanced beyond the level of Junior by the application deadline (October 13, 2017). In addition, qualifying students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have earned at least 24 credit hours at the time of application, and be available for an in-person interview on November 9 or 10, 2017. Successful candidates must also agree to complete a summer internship prior to graduating.

TO APPLY

The I-Fund National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) will be accepting applications September 1 through October 13, 2017. Interested candidates must email Lori Livingston at llivingston@micua.org regarding intent to apply and must complete and submit an application to the campus liaison by the deadline. If you have questions regarding your campus liaison, please direct your inquiry to Lori Livingston.

An application for the I-Fund National Security Scholars Program may be obtained online. Complete the application, sign it, and forward it with the required documents to your Financial Aid Office (or designated campus liaison) by the deadline.

Information on the application must be typed and legible. Please do not staple documents together. All documents should be single sided for ease of copying.

The following items should be included with your application:

  • RESUME—a current resume. Your name should appear at the top of each page. Please format your resume in Word according to the following headings: a) contact information; b) major/minor; c) employment history/experience; d) college honors/accomplishments, leadership honors, and awards received; and e) community activities and organizations.
  • ESSAY—a 300-500 word typed essay on one of the following topics:
      • What do you consider the greatest threat to our national security and why?  Please provide current examples of US deficiencies and measures that you would suggest to mitigate the threat.
      • Many people were engaged in Pokemon Go this summer.  In light of its popularity, how would you recommend we use virtual reality technology to better protect national security?
      • How would you recommend we balance domestic vs. international national security needs in our current world climate?
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION—at least two letters of recommendation addressed to “National Security Scholars Program Board.” Letters may be from teachers, professors, employers, counselors, clergy, community leaders, etc.
  • CERTIFIED TRANSCRIPT OF GRADES—a certified transcript of grades and credits from the I-Fund member institution you are attending. Additionally, students who transferred to an I-Fund member institution may be required to submit a certified transcript of grades and credits from the transferring institution. (Please request transcripts early to avoid delays.)
  • Apply online for an NSA internship prior to 31 October so that you are recorded in their system.  THIS IS MANDATORY. You wil find the link to the application here. NSA Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology.

SCHOLAR SELECTION & EXPECTATIONS
The NSSP candidate selection process runs from September 1 through May 31 of the academic year.

  • Deadline for submitting application is October 13, 2017.
  • Initial review of application is made by the NSSP panel in late-October. All candidates are notified whether or not selected for an interview on or before November 1.
  • Candidate interviews are scheduled for Thursday, November 9, and Friday, November 10, 2017. Each candidate will be assigned a specific interview date/time. Due to the number of interviews scheduled, the date/time is not negotiable. Location of the interview is at the Booz Allen Hamilton offices in Annapolis Junction, Maryland 21701.
  • All applicants receive e-mail notification with results of the scholarship interview process on or before December 1. Selected applicants will move forward to security clearance processing. Processing is ongoing between January and May 31.
  • Candidates who are approved for a national security clearance are reviewed by the NSSP Board for internship placement with program Partners by May 31. Notification of a scholarship award is determined in early June. Internships generally run June through August.  An applicant who applies for and is granted a security clearnace is committed to serve a summer internship with one the NSSP partner corporations.
  • Housing is the candidate’s responsibility; however, I-Fund will provide information or assistance with available housing options. Candidates should inquire about housing during interview process.
  • Successful candidates are expected to attend the Annual NSSP Award Dinner held in mid June at a Baltimore area location.
  • Successful candidates must complete and submit the Internship Feedback Form no later than September 15, 2018, following their summer internship.

Additional information about the program will be shared at an upcoming September campus presentation—see posters on campus or contact either your Career Center or Financial Aid office for details. Alternatively, you may contact program director Lori Livingston by phone (301-440-2486) or email (llivingston@micua.org).

NSSP CAMPUS PRESENTATIONS, FALL 2017

Capitol Technology University: 9/6/17 at 1pm (Room C266) 
Goucher College: 
9/11/17 at 12pm (Athenaeum Building, Batza Room)
Hood College: 
9/7/17 at 1pm (Whitaker Commons Room 220, 2nd floor) 
Johns Hopkins University: 9/7/17 at 5:30pm (Mason Hall, Mason Board Room)
Loyola University: 
9/12/17 at 4pm (Andrew White Student Center, 4th Floor Programming Room)
McDaniel College: 
9/6/17 at 4pm (Hill Hall 110)
Mount St. Mary's University
: 8/31/17 at 4pm (O’Hara Room, McGowan Center)
Notre Dame of Maryland University
: 9/12/17 at 12:15pm (Bryan Board Room)
St. John's College: 
8/30/17 at 2:30pm (Hodson Room in Mellon Hall)
Stevenson University: 9/11/17 at 4pm (Rockland Building, 2nd Floor, Conference room A)
Washington Adventist University: 9/13/17 at 2pm
Washington College
: 9/5/17 at 12pm (Center for Career Development Building) 
 
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