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GUIDELINES FOR 2014 AFIO SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE GRANTED AUGUST 2014

See instructions below to apply for 2014 scholarships

Students / Parents

Don't let your budget stop you from reaching your potential. Let AFIO offset some of your education costs. Applications for 2014 can be sent starting in February 2014. Do you qualify for several of these scholarships? If so, you need only apply one time by emailing or mailing the seven items described below under "Applicants Must Provide..." Indicate whether you are applying for an UNDERGRADUATE or GRADUATE scholarship. You will be considered for each of the other scholarships if you do not receive approval for the main one you listed. If you are granted one, you will not be considered for others. We occasionally grant scholarships to individuals who received an AFIO grant in prior years, so feel free to apply again.

Deadline for applications: July 1, 2014 is the deadline to have all your materials to our office. Materials can be sent by email to us at scholarships@afio.com or by mail to: AFIO Scholarship Committee, 7700 Leesburg Pike Suite 324, Falls Church, VA 22043.

Here are the scholarships Guidelines:

Guidelines

  • For Undergraduates scholarships, applicants must be entering their sophomore or junior year by the summer of 2014.
  • For Graduate scholarships, applications must be submitted no earlier than your senior undergraduate year and no later than your second year of graduate studies.
  • Evaluation criteria include merit, character, serious of academic commitment, and relevance of your studies to national security interests and career ambitions.
  • Applications are evaluated by a special AFIO committee. Decisions are final.
  • Tuition grants will be paid directly to the Bursar/Registrar of the University concerned –under NO circumstances will payments be made directly to awardees.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens. No Scholarship will be awarded to students attending foreign universities or schools not US-accredited, nor to law, med, or business schools [foreign or domestic]; however, students intending to study in schools of engineering, science, technology and/or show extensive foreign language mastery and/or area knowledge in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, German, Hausa and other sub-Saharan African languages, Hebrew, Indonesian, Korean, Kurdish, Mandarin, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu are strongly encouraged to apply. Colleges need to be regionally accredited.
  • Applicants must provide [via email is fine]:

    1. Cover Letter: explaining your need for scholarship, your career goals, your views of U.S. world standing and role U.S. intelligence community should play)
    2. Resume:
           address
           place and date of birth
           college
           experience
           extra-curricular activities
    3. A copy of your academic transcript - need not be original or "official"
    4. One recommendation [have person send to us by email to scholarships@afio.comor they can mail it to us at AFIO Scholarships, 7700 Leesburg Pike Ste 324, Falls Church, VA 22043]
    5. Recent photograph - can be sent as a high resolution digital image file via email attachment, or printed and mailed. Image should show full face...sitting, standing, or portrait only.
    6. Indicate for WHICH scholarships you wish to be considered. No need to send multiple copies of your materials.
    7. College of University you will be attending in 2014-2015 -- and your intended course of study [your declared 'major' or 'area of concentration'].

    All applications can be sent to the AFIO address at the bottom of this email.

    AFIO Scholarships Available for the 2014 Fall Semester

    1. THE PETER JASIN AFIO ENDOWMENT - UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS - Six at $4,000 each

    The late Peter W. Jasin, a member and generous supporter of AFIO from the early 1980s, who also served as an officer of one of our chapters, established upon his 2009 death a national AFIO scholarship endowment fund to enhance AFIO's educational mission to encourage career development and study in the fields of counterterrorism, homeland security, intelligence, counterintelligence and intelligence-related disciplines. In furtherance of those interests, the Jasin Endowment provides awards of $4,000 each to six applicants. Selected scholarship recipients must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student undertaking a course of study at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, and must show a history of taking courses in intelligence, foreign affairs, and/or national security studies towards the goal of serving in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Applicants should indicate whether they are applying for a graduate or undergraduate award.

    2. THE LIFE'S CHOICES FOUNDATION GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - Two at $3,500

    This donation from the Morris Family Charitable Corporation provides two $3,500 scholarships to graduate students who are focusing on national security or intelligence studies and who are, or have the intent of, serving in the U.S. Government. Candidates for this scholarship should be personnel serving in government agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community, their children or grandchildren. Non-AFIO members will be considered, so please apply if that is the only aspect an applicant lacks.

    3. THE AL PONTE GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD - One at $1,000

    Mr. Albano F. Ponte is a vital part of AFIO's "legion of merit," through active participation and time, talent and funds donated to AFIO programs and development. His generous financial donations make this scholarship possible. Eligibility: Students who are going to graduate school, focusing on International Relations and/or Intelligence, and who are either AFIO members, or children (grandchildren) of AFIO members or of serving Intelligence personnel. Non-AFIO members will be considered, so please apply if that is the only aspect an applicant lacks. Award amount is $1,000.

    4. THE COLONEL SULLY H. DE FONTAINE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD - One at $1,200

    The Colonel Sully H. de Fontaine award is in honor of Col. de Fontaine's lifetime of service to the country. Eligibility: Students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree with the intent of becoming employed within the U.S. Intelligence Community. Vito W. Paladino, LTC., U.S. Army (Retired) -- A friend of Sully de Fontaine -- established this scholarship in 2010, the first year an award was made. Award continues in 2014.

    *Candidates should, in addition to fitting the profiles immediately above, provide the following application materials (in lieu of materials listed elsewhere in this announcement): a cover letter, Resume, a letter of recommendation, and a photograph. The cover letter should describe, in as much detail as possible,any relevant prior experience as well as the future plans of the applicant to which this grant would be applied.

    Send Application Items to:

    AFIO 2014 Scholarships Committee
    7700 Leesburg Pike Suite 324
    Falls Church, VA 22043

    Information:

    AFIO e-mail: scholarships@afio.com

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    ALSO available are the following Scholarships.....

    GE-REAGAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS - 2015 - DEADLINE: Midnight CST, January 9, 2015 [Deadline has passed for 2014]:

    Exceptional student leaders are invited to apply for the 2015 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program.  In honor of the legacy and character of President Ronald Reagan, this program annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient). 

    Honoring the legacy and character of our nation's 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

    Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study only, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

    To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

    • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;• demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);• demonstrate financial need;• be citizens of the United States of America;• be high school seniors attending high school in the United States, or any of the U.S. territories and commonwealths and graduating in winter 2014 or spring 2015. Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible. Home-schooled students who are graduating in winter 2014 or spring 2015 are also eligible.• plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor's degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2015-2016 academic year.

    In addition, semifinalists must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee. Learn more about the qualifications of a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar or download a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program flyer here.

    Qualified candidates may apply online starting October 15, 2014 through January 9, 2015 or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first. To be considered for this award, candidates must complete the secure online application and all of its components prior to the deadline. Deadline extensions will not be granted, and incomplete applications will be disqualified. Materials submitted in hard copy prior to the semifinalist stage will not be considered and will be discarded. Only the first 25,000 completed applications will be considered.

    Applicants who have questions about the application process may contact the program's administrator, Scholarship Management Services, at 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program or email
    ge-reagan@scholarshipamerica.org. Applicants should anticipate a response to inquiries within one business day. Personnel at GE and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation cannot address applicant questions.

    Download a program flyer
    Applications for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted online until January 9, 2014.  Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online.  We look forward to honoring your young leaders next spring.
    Erin Korsvall
    Program Officer, GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
    Applicants who have questions about the application process may contact the program's administrator, Scholarship Management Services, at ge-reagan@scholarshipamerica.org


    SCHOLARSHIPS AND OTHER FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS:

    Most members of the IC are participating in the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP) to recruit and train analysts and linguists. The program is decentralized and demand-driven and allows each IC component to tailor its PRISP program to meet its critical needs.Many agencie are focusing on critical language or scientific skills. PRISP funding can be used to pay for hiring incentives, including reimbursement for previous educational expenses, or to provide additional education or training for those selected for the program.There is a service obligation of 18 months in an analytic or linguistic position in the IC.

    Prospective PRISP applicants should consult the website of the various IC components for specifics on that component’s program. Each participating IC component will advertise their program and is responsible for identifying their critical skills and recruiting, selecting, processing and placing chosen candidates in suitable positions or in additional education or training programs.

    Currently, CIA, DIA, and NSA participate in the Undergraduate Training Program, also known as the Stokes Program. This program targets high potential high school seniors and high performing college sophomores majoring in areas critical to the needs of the participating agencies. If selected for the program, students receive a government salary and full benefits as well as tuition and other educational expenses.The service obligation for this program is one and one-half times the length of the funded educational program.

    The National Security Agency also has several other scholarship and fellowship programs.Additional information can be found at http://nsa.gov/careers/students.cfm.

    The Defense Intelligence Agency sponsors the National Consortium for MASINT Research (NMCR) Scholars Program which provides scholarship funding for students attending consortium universities.

    The intelligence agencies who are part of the Department of Defense also participate in some specialized scholarship programs such as the Information Assurance Scholarship Program for students at NSA-designated Centers of Academic Excellence (http://www.nsa.gov/isso/programs/nietp/index.html) and the NDEA/SMART Scholarship Program for math, science, engineering, and other critically needed technical skills (http://www.asee.org/fellowships/SMART).

    The military services offer a number of scholarships and fellowships, including ROTC programs, some of which may apply to the service’s intelligence component. Consult the web site of each service for additional information.

    College/Graduate Students: Earn Up to $20,000 for Overseas Study with the David L.
    Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

    Overview: The Boren Scholarship was established in 1991 and is regulated by the National Security Education Program. The scholarship provides funding for graduate and undergraduate study in a number of targeted countries and fields. Students awarded Boren Scholarships must fulfill a service agreement upon graduation which requires a period of brief employment at a governmental agency or an office involved in national security affairs.

    Eligibility: Boren scholarships may be awarded to students currently enrolled in undergraduate study or graduates planning to attend graduate school. Students applying for this scholarship must desire to study a foreign language in addition to any major-related study. Preference is given to students interested in studying critical languages or fields related to security interest as well as to those interested in study in selected areas. A list of preferential countries, languages, and topics of study are provided on the NSEP Web Site. Financial assistance may also be provided to graduating seniors through Boren Graduate Fellowships.

    Value: Students awarded Boren Scholarships will receive a maximum of $10,000 per semester or $20,000 per academic year, depending on program costs and student need. Boren Scholars may chose to study abroad for a 6-week summer session, a semester, or a full year.

    Application: Applicants for Boren Scholarships may choose to complete an official hardcopy application form, which can be obtained from the Loyola College faculty representative, or may submit their application forms online. In addition, 3 letters of recommendation and 4 semesters' worth of transcripts are required. For those who have attended college for less than 4 semesters, high school records indicating achievements during the last 2 years must be included.

    Deadline: Applications must be received for review and endorsement prior to the national deadline of February 10.

    Additional Information:
    NSEP Undergraduate Web Site,
    NSEP Graduate Web Site,
    Boren / NSEP Description

    NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
    David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
    Institute of International Education
    1400 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20005-2403

    Telephone: 1-800-618-NSEP

    Fax: 202-326-7672

    E-mail: nsep@iie.org

    The Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offer generous funding to college students wishing to spend a summer, semester, or academic year overseas in areas of the world deemed critical to US national security. US Citizens Only. For more information, please visit http://www.iie.org/nsep
    Information regarding David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships can be found at http://www.iie.org/programs/nsep/default.htm

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    CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program for 2014. Deadline is November 1, 2014

    Work Schedule: Full Time
    Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

    Applications for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program are accepted from
    15 July - 1 November.

    If you are a high school senior planning to enroll in a 4-or 5-year college program, or you are a college sophomore enrolled in a 4-or 5-year college program, who is looking for career experience in a dynamic environment, apply to the CIA's Undergraduate Scholar Program and contribute to the work of the nation before you graduate.

    The opportunity to make a difference
    The Undergraduate Scholar Program was developed, in part, to assist minority and disabled students, but application is open to all students who meet the requirements. The program offers unmatched experience. You'll complete work sessions during each summer break, increasing your knowledge and job responsibilities while assisting intelligence professionals and applying your academic skills.

    We believe in challenging our Scholars with meaningful work that relates to their college major. An IT major, for example, might be given increasingly complex projects involving sophisticated computer systems. An engineering major might help produce a piece of state-of-the-art equipment. A finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for a worldwide operation. A foreign language major might be instrumental in translating documents for US policymakers. As a final example, a human resource major could have the opportunity to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

    Once selected, you will be given an annual salary; a benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, and retirement; and up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies. You'll be required to work at an Agency facility during summer breaks and to maintain full-time college status during the school year with a minimum cumulative 3.0/4.0 GPA.We will pay the cost of transportation between school and the Washington, DC area each summer and provide a housing allowance.

    Because the Scholar Program is an investment in you, accepting an offer means making a career choice. We ask that you agree to continue employment with the Agency after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of your college sponsorship.

    The Scholar Program is extremely competitive. We ask that all applicants meet the following requirements:

    US citizenship
    18 years of age by April 1
    1000 SAT (Math and Verbal) or 21 ACT scores or higher (high school students)
    3.0/4.0 scale high school or college GPA or higher
    Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling of $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more
    Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing both security and medical processing
    Available to work in the Washington, DC area during your periods of employment

    If you are eligible for this Program, apply online between July 15 - November 1. Qualified applicants will be contacted and asked to provide the following information to supplement their online application:

    SAT or ACT scores (For high school seniors who are taking the SAT or ACT in the fall, please make note of your test date in the application package. All fall test scores must be sent (postmarked) no later than January 15.)
    Names and ages of all family dependents, and your gross family income for current and previous years.
    A copy of your most current Federal Application for Financial Student Aid Form (FAFSA) or SAR must be submitted upon request.
    A copy of your school transcripts
    Two letters of recommendation

    All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation.

    To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

    Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

    Resumes submitted before 15 July and after 1 November will not be reviewed.

    To view CIA Scholarships - Graduate and Undergraduate - and Internships, visit https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/index.html

    To Apply:

    Submit Resume Online

    Note: Multiple submissions are unnecessary and will slow the processing of your resume. Of course, if you made an error in your submission or need to update your resume, you may submit another resume. The second resume will overwrite the first.

    An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.


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    $55,000 POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATESHIP PROGRAM STIPENDS
    by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

    Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology directorate is seeking applications for up to 10 Postdoctoral Associates to conduct mission-focused research at DHS-affiliated venues including DHS Centers of Excellence, DHS laboratories, and homeland security activities at Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories.
    The DHS Postdoctoral Associateship program is designed to provide support to doctoral scientists and engineers of unusual promise or proven achievement who will be given an opportunity to conduct research on challenges which are part of the mission of DHS. Postdoctoral Associateship awards will be made to doctoral level scientists and engineers, within five years of their doctorate, in nationally competitive evaluations held four times each year.
    “This DHS Postdoctoral program will be an essential aspect of our effort to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers who are focusing on the homeland security mission,” said Dr. Charles McQueary, Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “These young men and women are full of energy, ability, and vision, and by tackling the challenges of the post-9/11 world they will help create a safer America.”
    Postdoctoral awards are made for one year, renewable for a maximum of three years. The approximate annual stipend for new awardees for the 2007 program year will be $55,000, depending upon the sponsoring venue. Financial support is provided for allowable relocation expenses and for limited professional travel during the duration of the award. Associates must devote their full-time effort to the approved program plan, and except for limited professional travel, must be in residence at a DHS-affiliated venue during the entire period of the Associateship.
    Approved DHS venues for the inaugural year of the Postdoctoral Associateship program include:
    · Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University at Southern California
    · National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) at the University of Minnesota
    · National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (NCFAZD) at Texas A&M University
    · Bechtel Nevada - Remote Sensing Laboratory (Bechtel Nevada)
    · Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
    · Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
    · Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
    · National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

    The DHS Postdoctoral Associateship Program is coordinated for Science & Technology by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Initiated in 1954, the Associateship Programs have contributed to the career development of over 11,000 scientists and engineers ranging from recent Ph.D. recipients to distinguished senior scientists.
    For more information or to apply, visit www.DHS.gov/universityprograms. Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 for reviews in mid-March, mid-June, mid-September and mid-January, respectively.
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    National Flagship Language Program

    NFLP Fellowships

    NSEP offers a limited number of fellowships to qualified American students interested in receiving full financial support to participate in one of the NFLP programs.

    Eligibility Requirements see: National Flagship Language Program

    The National Flagship Language Program (NFLP) was developed to address the urgent and growing need for Americans with professional levels of competency in languages critical to national security. NFLP offers advanced language training in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian. NFLP is designed to train participants to reach professional working proficiency in a target language, as measured by the federal Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3 and/or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) superior level.

    Some of the programs you might want to explore are:

    • Most IC agencies participate in the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP), which is designed to recruit and train analysts and linguists. PRISP funding can be used to pay hiring incentives, such as a recruitment bonus or reimburse previous educational expenses, for individuals who already possess the necessary skills (language, specialized scientific expertise, etc.) or to provide additional education or training for those selected for the program. There is a service obligation of 18 months. Consult agency websites for specifics on that agency’s PRISP program.
    • The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (CIA, DIA, and NSA), where high potential, high school seniors and high performing college sophomores receive a government salary and full benefits, as well as tuition and other educational expenses, in exchange for a future employment obligation.
    • The Information Assurance Scholarship and NDEA/SMART Scholarship Programs that provide specialized scholarships for intelligence agencies that are part of the Department of Defense
    • The military services offer a number of scholarships and fellowships, which may apply to the service’s intelligence component, including ROTC programs. Consult the websites of each service branch for specific details.

    Applying for Student Opportunities

    Competition is particularly fierce for our student programs. Applications for summer internships are in October and November for the following summer. Deadlines for other programs such as co-op programs deadlines are six to nine months prior to the period you wish to work. Applicants are expected to meet the same employment standards as permanent IC employees. You must be a U.S. citizen and should have a strong academic record (GPA of 3.0 or better). Foreign language skills, previous study or residency abroad and military service are pluses. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Some agencies require medical and/or polygraph examinations as well as a background investigation.

    Most positions, including temporary employment as an intern or cooperative education student, in the IC require that employees possess a security clearance. Hiring for these positions is contingent upon the individual being granted such a clearance. The criteria for granting personnel security clearances vary depending upon the level of clearance and the particular IC member doing the hiring.

    Employees in the IC must be highly reliable and trustworthy because they have access to the nation’s most sensitive information. The granting of a security clearance testifies that an individual meets these standards of reliability, trustworthiness, and integrity.

    Current students considering a future career in the intelligence community are recommended to live a lifestyle that:

    • Focuses on continuing formal education and positive character development
    • Avoids the use of drugs and alcohol
    • Preserves your good credit by avoiding excessive credit card spending, especially when the spending exceeds the ability to pay off the balance monthly, and ensuring that all financial obligations are taken care of (payment of state and federal income tax, any government debts and student loans).
    • Obeys all laws regarding the downloading and use of software and all copyrighted material.
    • Obeys traffic laws including those regarding driving while under the influence of alcohol.

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