Do you qualify for the Horizon Foundation Scholarship?

Horizon Foundation scholarships are funded and administered by Women in Defense (WID), a national security organization that has as its mission the goal of creating an environment in which women can grow professionally by participating in networking, work and educational events.  The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage women to choose majors that equip them to enter careers in the national security and defense industries.  Money from the scholarship is also available to women who are currently working at national security and defense jobs and to continue their educations and earn advanced degrees.

Women in Defense was founded in 1979 by seven women who had attended a trade association conference together.  Over dinner, the women discussed ways that they could assist other women, including women serving in the military, with advancing their careers and education regarding national security and defense.  The team of women started the Horizon Foundation as a non-profit organization in 1987, nearly eight years after Women in Defense was formed.  Women in Defense chapters are located around the United States.

In 1990 Women in Defense awarded its first Horizon Foundation Scholarship.  Since that time, the foundation has awarded more than 100 scholarships to women.  The numbers and amounts of scholarships the organization awards annually vary.  During the 2010 through 2011 academic year, Women in Defense awarded three scholarships ranging in amounts from $3,000 to $12,000.  Money for the scholarships is raised, in large part, through donations.

Qualifying To Receive a Horizon Foundation Scholarship

Subjects you can major in to receive a Horizon Foundation Scholarship include:

  • Security studies
  • Military history
  • Government relations
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Computer science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Business (must relate to defense and/or national security)
  • Law
  • International relations
  • Political science

To receive a Horizon Foundation Scholarship, you must also:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited college or university on a full-time or part-time basis
  • Have completed at least 60 credit hours of academic study
  • Express an interest in working in defense or national security post graduation (Of course, if you’re already serving the country in a military branch you may likely meet this criteria)
  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25
  • Be a United States citizen and someone who can demonstrate a financial need

If you attend school part-time while you’re in the military, you might consider taking courses through an accredited online college or distance learning school.  This way you can complete school assignments your professors give you from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable computer, Internet access and a telephone.

Because Horizon Foundation Scholarships are designed to encourage participation and success of women in national security and defense, an area the military centers around, whether you are an enlisted or commissioned woman military professional you can use the scholarships to strengthen your education and learn about networking events you can attend, events where you meet more women who share similar career passions that you do.  These network connections may be the resources that lead to high paying civilian jobs after you retire from the military.

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