Women in Defense, A National Security Organization, established the HORIZONS Foundation to encourage women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the U.S. and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields. The scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas. The foundation focuses on the following preferred fields of study for awarding scholarships: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security and defense), international relations, political science, economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense.
Applicants must meet the following criteria. No exceptions will be considered. 1) Be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time. 2) Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; undergraduates must have attained at least junior level status (60 credits). 3) Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense. 4) Demonstrate financial need. 5) Have a minimum grade point average of 3.25. 6) Be a woman. 7) Be a citizen of the United States.