The Foundation Committee

The Foundation Committee is the educational and charitable arm of the NIP, charged to solicit, receive, and administer funds and property to advance the awareness and knowledge of naval and maritime intelligence. Its purpose is to support the Chief of Naval Operations Naval Intelligence Awards Program and to recognize and reward outstanding leadership and performance of military and civilian naval intelligence professionals throughout the community, and to provide scholarships through the Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro Scholarship Program. The Foundation also sponsors an essay contest in cooperation with the United States Naval Institute (USNI).

To ensure the continued funding for these awards and scholarships, the Foundation Committee draws upon support from the NIP membership and from other individual and corporate sponsors and supporters of naval intelligence.


Naval Intelligence Awards Program

The Naval Intelligence Awards program recognizes Active and Reserve Component naval intelligence officers, intelligence specialists, and civilian intelligence professionals in various categories for outstanding performance. For more information about these awards and to view past award recipients, click here for full award guidance, criteria and recognition details.


Red Tie Award

Every year during the NIP Spring “Red Tie” Luncheon, the Red Tie Award is given to someone who has made significant and long-lasting contributions to Naval intelligence and the Navy. For more about the award’s history and a list of previous winners, click here.


Naval Intelligence Essay Contest

The Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) Essay Contest was established in 2002. NIP sponsors this contest to encourage the development of a dialogue and in-depth examination of subjects of professional value to the Naval Intelligence Community of Interest. Click here for more info.  


Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro Scholarship Program

 The Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro Scholarship Program awards scholarships to dependent children (under 24 years of age) of regular and reserve Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officer and enlisted intelligence personnel. The scholarship program also includes one specifically for active duty USN, USMC, and USCG enlisted personnel serving in intelligence-related assignments. Click herefor more information about the scholarships and how to apply. The application window for the RADM Shapiro Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2020-2021 is now CLOSED. Once the panel has selected the recipients, a congratulatory letter will be sent to each selectee.