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.

NIP is proud to offer these six individual $5000 scholarships:

  • Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen
  • Captain Richard W. Bates
  • Captain George J. O'Donnell, Jr.
  • Commander Dan F. Shanower
  • Captain (Select) Kurt William Juengling
The application window for the RADM Shapiro Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2020-2021 is CLOSED. The panel has selected the recipients and sent a congratulatory letter to each selectee.

Congratulations to this year's scholarship awardees! 

Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen Awardee (2020)

Ethan Husmann

Ethan Husmann, a sophomore at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is an aerospace engineering major and computer science minor with an interest in hypersonics, hypersonic missile defense, and space-based sensing. He is motivated by the National Defense Strategy’s observations that our competitive military advantage has eroded and that the increasingly complex security environment is defined by rapid technological change. He hopes to contribute to the advancement of hypersonic capabilities as well as designing defense infrastructure to sense and defend against the hypersonic threat. He gained real world experience through Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology and the Rocketry club where he worked on their aerostructures subteam. Ethan leveraged his academics and experience into an eight-month co-op with Collins Aerospace where he has learned the engineering design process for large scale programs. Collins Aerospace is part of Raytheon, a world leader in hypersonic missile defense initiatives, which Ethan hopes will lead to an opportunity in his desired field.Ethan is the 2020 recipient of the Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen Scholarship for the second consecutive year.

Sponsor is an active duty officer, Captain Greg Husmann, OPNAV Staff.

 


Captain Richard W. Bates Awardee (2020)

Jacob Ehret

Jacob Ehret, a rising junior at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is a physics major with a French language minor and remains committed to a career devoted to climate change mitigation. He sees this issue as the most critical problem facing our society and one that directly impacts national security. Severe weather, loss of arable land, and mass migration - amongst other impacts - all threaten global stability. He believes these threats can be reduced through creative and multidisciplinary approaches where Jacob intends to establish himself as a leader. He believes solving complex problems requires science and mathematics as well as linguistic and cultural understanding. Jacob changed his major from public policy to physics to gain the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) background and essential problem-solving skills for climate change mitigation. Through his work at UCLA’s Simulated Planetary Interiors (SPIN) Lab and academics he learned mathematical and scientific-reasoning while developing skills in data analysis and electrical engineering. His minor will assist in eventually visiting French-speaking countries in Africa where much climate change effort must be directed. Jacob is the recipient of 2020 Captain Richard W. Bates Scholarship for the third consecutive year.

Sponsor is a retired officer, Commander Jeanine Ehret, formerly of COMTHIRDFLT staff.

 


Captain George J. O'Donnell, Jr. Awardee (2020)

Christopher Rielage

Christopher Rielage, a rising senior at Stanford University, is majoring in East Asian studies (China Subplan) including studying Mandarin. He is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and has joined the Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture program. Last summer he traveled to Beijing on a language immersion program with the University of Notre Dame getting a first-hand look at life in China. He is also a very active member of the Stanford Student Space Initiative which conducts Space security research. Christopher worked as a teacher’s assistant for “The Face of Battle,” a class built around battlefield staff rides and field trips to Washington, D.C. introducing civilian students to the military. Additionally, he has published in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) and will be writing two major projects this coming year: a thesis on the US Navy in China from 1844 to 1911 and an honors project on the role of non-state actors in space warfare. Christopher plans to start his professional career as a surface warfare officer and pursue intelligence, foreign area officer or attaché work as he progresses. Christopher is the recipient of the 2020 Captain George J. O’Donnell, Jr. Scholarship for the third consecutive year.

Sponsor is a retired officer, Captain Date Rielage, formerly of COMPACFLT staff.

 


Commander Dan F. Shanower Awardee (2020)

Evan O’Connor

Evan O’Connor, a graduate of DoD High School in Naples, Italy, is now a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in nursing with a language studies minor to exploit his six years of Mandarin training already completed. He is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps with a four-year commitment to the Nursing Corps. Ethan is equally interested in international relations and intelligence. After reading Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, Ethan was inspired to volunteer for the Good Judgement Project, a program funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to foster more accountable and accurate forecasts which engaged him in diverse medical, economic, and geopolitical topics. As he considers his future, Ethan met with a CIA case officer to learn how his medical skills could be employed in an intelligence career discovering that Nurse Practitioners with military experience are utilized by the CIA for a variety of support and other activities. He hopes this scholarship will assist him financing a summer immersion program in Taiwan for language and culture. Evan is the recipient of the 2020 Commander Dan F. Shanower Scholarship.

Sponsor is an active duty officer, Commander Sean O’Connor at the National Defense University.


Captain (Select) Kurt William Juengling Awardee (2020)

Sydney Brenneman

Sydney Brenneman is a 2020 graduate of Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia and will be a freshman at the University of San Diego. She intends to join the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.  As a senior, she was the captain of both the women’s varsity basketball and lacrosse teams. As a member of DECA throughout high school, which prepares emerging leaders for business careers, Sydney directed fundraising campaigns that contributed roughly $3,000 to the Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun to help prevent childhood hunger within Loudoun County, over $8,000 to the Madison Small Foundation to raise awareness and support meningitis research, and over $3,000 for the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. to help children with pediatric brain cancer. Her professional goal is to become an Intelligence Officer so that she can serve our country and play a critical role in fighting the war on terrorism. After completing an undergraduate degree, she hopes to have the skills to identify and track money flows to discover terrorist cells and map terrorist networks. She wants to create adversary financial pictures, identify suspicious transactions and activities, and uncover potential new leads that will help solve cases and beat our nation’s enemies. Sydney is the recipient of the 2020 Captain (Select) Kurt William Jeungling Scholarship.

Sponsor is retired officer Lieutenant Commander Stephen Brenneman.

 


Captain Anthony D. Sesow Awardee (2020)

Intelligence Specialist First Class Amber Hart

 Intelligence Specialist First Class Amber Hart is a member of the N2 Department at Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG) conducting research to assist in the development, testing and delivery of advanced cyber, cryptologic and electronic warfare capabilities to the U.S. Navy and she attends the University of Maryland Global Campus as a Political Science major with a 4.0 grade point average. The commanding officer of NCWDG describes IS1 Hart as, “a sustained superior performer and innovative thinker.” In her ten year career, she has been assigned a variety of duties including as an imagery analyst at the Office of Naval Intelligence, working for the Maritime geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) office, and serving as a full-motion video analyst embarked in the USS McFaul (DDG-74) on a U.S. Africa Command deployment. Given the opportunity to transition into the operational intelligence (OPINTEL) community, IS1 Hart served as the lead Intelligence Specialist at VAQ-135 deploying to both the Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility. Her experience as the Leading Petty Officer at multiple commands sparked her passion for encouraging and enhancing the professional and personal lives of her shipmates. The Navy has given IS1 Hart more than she thought possible from traveling the world, meeting people from all walks of life, sailing the open seas, and working in intelligence programs of continuous and endless diversity. IS1 Hart’s goal is to obtain her Bachelor degree as soon as possible and apply to Officer Candidate School to be an Intelligence Officer. She is the recipient of the 2020 Captain Anthony D. Sesow Scholarship.

 




The Foundation Scholarship Cycle
  • Announcement of program eligibility requirements and submission procedures (6 months in advance of the 15 April deadline each year)
  • Online Application becomes available
  • Submissions are reviewed by a selected panel of NIP members, who grade each candidate on the announced criteria of academic and athletic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service. Enlisted candidates are also evaluated on service performance.
  • Following the panels selection, a congratulatory letter is sent to each selectee.
  • Press releases are sent to each media outlet designated by the respective scholarship recipients. Letters are also sent to those who were not selected to thank them for their interest and to encourage submission in subsequent years.
  • Finally, an article summarizing the scholarship results is provided to the NIP Quarterly editor.

Previous Awardees

Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen +/- more info

Awardees

2019

Winner: Ethan Husmann, a rising sophomore at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is an aerospace engineering major with a computer science minor. He believes this academic rigor will force him to become a more effective problem solver and enable him to achieve difficult technical goals while serving the interests of our nation. He is motivated by the National Defense Strategy’s observations that our competitive military advantage has been eroding and that the increasingly complex security environment is defined by rapid technological change. He hopes to contribute to the advancement of hypersonic capabilities as well as designing defense infrastructure to sense and defend against the hypersonic threat.

2018

Winner: Thomas Powell is a 2018 graduate of Frank J. Page High School in Franklin, Tennessee and has dedicated his life to becoming a doctor after the death of his best friend in 2014. He intends to study neuroscience and become a neurologist or neurosurgeon. He hopes to attend Rhodes College which offers a neuroscience degree, has a robust Health Advisory program with an impressive track record of sending graduates to medical school, and a long-term relationship with the Neuroscience Institute of the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he would be able to participate in epilepsy and traumatic brain injury (TBI) research and internships.

2017

Winner: Hannah Leese, sponsored by CDR Bryan Leese of Commander Carrier Strike Group TWO, lives in Chesapeake VA. She will begin her third year at SUNY Maritime College in New York, with a major in Marine Engineering with a USCG Engine License. Her plans are to specialize in engine and ship system design with a focus on environmentally friendly ship systems. This is her second award of a NIP Scholarship.

2016

Winner: Hannah Leese, sponsored by CDR Bryan Leese of CCSG-2, lives in Chesapeake VA. She will begin her second year at SUNY Maritime College in New York, with a major in Marine Engineering with a USCG Engine License. Her plans are to specialize in engine and ship system design with a focus on environmentally friendly ship systems.

2014

Winner: Margaret E. Hale, will be attending either Cornell University or the University of Virginia and will major in Biomedical Engineering.
Sponsor:Master Chief Ronald Hale (Ret), last serving on the COMSUBLANT Staff.

2013

Winner: Jacob Peabody (fourth consecutive award of this scholarship)
Sponsor:CAPT Doug Peabody, PACOM Joint Intel Ops Center

2012

Winner: Jacob Peabody, continuing his studies at Vanderbilt. Of note, this is his third award of the Engen scholarship
Sponsor: CAPT Peabody, Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center (NMIC)

2011

Winner: Jacob W. Peabody. This is his second award of the Engen Scholarship
Sponsor: CAPT Douglas A. Peabody stationed at the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center, NMIC

2010

Winner: Jacob W. Peabody, who will be attending Vanderbilt University with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Foreign Cultures.
Sponsor:CDR Douglas A. Peabody, USN, assigned to US Central Command, MacDill AFB

2009

Winner: Amy M. Purello, who will be entering her second year at the University of Mary Washington. This is Ms. Purello’s second award of this scholarship.
Sponsor:CAPT Anne M. Maliwauki, USNR, currently assigned to the Naval Reserve OSD Tech Trans 0166 command, Andrews Air Force Base, MD

2008

Winner: Amy M. Purello, who will attend the University of Mary Washington
Sponsor: CAPT Anne M. Maliwauki, currently assigned to the Naval Reserve OSD Tech Trans 0166 command, Andrews Air Force Base, MD

2007

Winner: Daniel P. Burkey, who was undecided on his university at the time of award

2006

Winner: Patricia H. Ash, who will be attending Southern Methodist University
Sponsor: CAPT Lawrence Ash, who is presently Commanding Officer, Fleet Intelligence Training Center Pacific in San Diego, CA

2005

Winner: Patricia H. Ash, who will be attending Southern Methodist University
Sponsor: CAPT Lawrence Ash, who is presently Commanding Officer, Fleet Intelligence Training Center Pacific in San Diego, CA
 

Captain Richard W. Bates+/- more info

Awardees

2019

Winner: Jacob Ehret, a rising sophomore at the University of California Los Angeles, is a physics major with a French minor. He continues to see climate change as the most critical problem facing society and one that directly impacts our national security. He aims to develop and advance innovative energy policies in the U.S. and throughout the world that will help reverse the impacts of global warming such as mass migration, land usage, and food availability. He changed his major from public policy to physics to gain the STEM background and essential problem-solving skills for climate change. mitigation. His minor is designed to assist in eventually visiting French-speaking countries in Africa to better connect with a region where much climate change effort must be directed. This is the second year Jason has been awarded the Bates scholarship.

2018

Winner: Jacob Ehret is a 2018 graduate of Coronado High School in Coronado, California and has applied to the University of California Los Angeles, Georgetown University, and California Institute of Technology – San Luis Obispo because they have dual degree-granting programs, study abroad, language immersion, and research internships. He intends to major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs and pursue a career in public policy or foreign relations with a focus on climate change mitigation by developing innovative energy policies in the U.S. and throughout the world to reverse the impacts of global warming such as mass migration, land usage, and food availability.

2017

Winner: Noah Freye, sponsored by LCR Jeff Freye of Riverine Group TWO, lives, in Chesapeake VA. He will be starting his college career at William and Mary and majoring in Biology. His goal is to become a medical doctor with a research focus on epicutaneous immunotherapy, controlling allergen reactions through use of a patch.

2016

Winner: Matthew W. Coulter, sponsored by CDR James Coulter, Jr., of Navy Operational Support Center in Washington DC, lives in Sterling VA. Although he has not yet committed to a specific university, his plans are to obtain a commission in the USN and pursue a degree in engineering.

2014

Winner: Kelsey Turner (fourth consecutive award), continuing her education at the University of Vermont with a major in English and Art History.
Sponsor: CAPT Alfred Turner stationed at US Fleet Cyber Command/US 10th Fleet

2013

Winner: Kelsey Turner (third consecutive award)
Sponsor: CAPT Alfred Turner stationed at US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet

2012

Winner: Kelsey Turner, continuing his studies at University of Vermont. This is his second award of the Bates Scholarship.
Sponsor: CAPT Alfred R. Turner stationed at US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet

2011

Winner: Kelsey Turner
Sponsor: CAPT Alfred R. Turner V stationed at US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet

2010

Winner: Keaton M. Maguire, who will be attending Utah State University with a major of Doctorate of Medicine and a minor in Business.
Sponsor:ISC Gene S. Maguire, USNR, assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence Reserve Unit 0287, Salt Lake City, UT

2009

Winner: Emily J. Sharp, who will attend the University of Virginia.
Sponsor: CAPT Robert D. Sharp, USN, assigned to COMUSNVACENT, (5th Fleet)

2008

Winner:
G. Austin Wilson, who will attend Vanderbilt University
Sponsor: CAPT Ward T. Wilson, USN, assigned to the intelligence staff of Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon

2007

Winner: Caroline Exner, who will attend the University of Virginia

2006

Winner: Lauren F. Acton, who will attend Washington State University
Sponsor: CDR David W. Acton, who is presently serving on the staff of Commander Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at NAS Whidbey Island

2005

Winner: Lauren F. Acton, who will attend Washington State University
Sponsor: CDR David W. Acton, who is presently serving on the staff of Commander Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at NAS Whidbey Island
 

Captain George J. O'Donnell, Jr. +/- more info

Awardees

2019

Winner: Christopher Rielage, a rising junior at Stanford University, is majoring in East Asian Studies (China Subplan) including studying Mandarin. He is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and has joined the Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture program. He is undecided about pursuing a career as surface warfare officer or eventually lateral transferring into the intelligence or foreign area officer communities, or ultimately joining a civilian branch of government. Studying China has left him with no illusions about the world after reviewing satellite footage of expanding Uyghur internment camps, reading about the 20th century Chinese famines, and seeing the espionage in Stanford's aerospace research laboratories. He recognizes America's respect for international norms and the rule of law is unique among superpowers and is worth preserving. Christopher is a previous winner of the 2018 O’Donnell Scholarship.

2018

Winner: Christopher Rielage is finishing his first year at Stanford University and is majoring in East Asian Studies (China Subplan). He is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and has joined the Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) program hoping to use these skills as a surface warfare or intelligence officer, or possibly as a foreign area officer or attaché. Active in Stanford’s Forum for American/Chinese Exchange, he is the editor of the "China Review," a weekly analysis of the top news stories on China. He has been heavily involved in both the high school and college Model United Nations and the Society for International Affairs at Stanford.

 

 

2017

Winner: Lauren A. Scarry, sponsored by CDR Thomas P. Scarry of CNO IP, lives in Ashburn VA. She’ll be starting her third year at Virginia Tech, majoring in National Security and Foreign Affairs, with a minor in Spanish. Her career goal is to work in the intelligence community, particularly in the area of world politics and international relations.

2016

Winner: Rand S. Duarte, sponsored by CAPT Beau Duarte at PMA-268, will begin her second year at Stanford University. Her goal is to obtain a degree in international relations with a minor in Arabic language which she plans to utilize in a career of federal service.

2014

Winner: Taylor K. Whitworth, will be attending Duke University in International Relations and/or Middle Eastern Comparative Area studies.
Sponsor:CAPT Frank Whitworth III, USCENTCOM.

2013

Winner: Isaiah C. Gibson
Sponsor:LT Adriana M. Gibson, HSC Weapons School Pacific

2012

Winner: Melissa Dullum, who will be going to William and Mary with the goal of a career in medicine.
Sponsor: CAPT John Dullum, USN, at CNO/N8
 

Commander Dan F. Shanower +/- more info

Awardees

2019

Winner: Catherine Woodward, a senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is a National Security and Foreign Affairs major with a Spanish minor. She is an associate at Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology participating in the National Security Education Program: Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence and she was eventually selected to be a Hume Scholar working on a team project with CACI. Selected for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Honors Intern Program as a Workforce trainee in 2018, she worked at the Operational Technology Division Technical Intelligence Unit at Quantico in the summer and then at the Roanoke Resident Agency during the school year. She has authored an intelligence product and supported field operations. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Security Studies, enter the Intelligence Community and join the U.S. Naval Reserve.

2018

Winner: Kathleen Sharman is a 2018 graduate of the UN International School of Hanoi, Viet Nam and has applied to the University of Virginia, Princeton University, and the College of William and Mary intending to pursue a liberal arts major with an Asia/Chinese studies minor. The restrictions and censorship in China and Viet Nam she witnessed growing up in these countries framed her perception of human rights issues; she intends to learn more about this dynamic part of the world in college and in her future career. She was an active supporter of orphanages in China and Vietnam and led a 20-person service group assisting individuals disabled from Dioxin (Agent Orange) re-integrate into Vietnamese society.

2017

Winner: Victoria Nelson, sponsored by SCPO James H. Nelson of NIWA Ft. Meade, lives in Elkridge MD. She’ll be starting her second year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a major in Geography and Environmental Systems. Her plans are to become a metereologist, researching methods to improve warning times for tornadoes.

2016

Winner: Emily K. Ortwein, sponsored by CAPT Michael Ortwein at EUCOM, lives in Stuttgard, Germany. She has not chosen a specific university to attend but will major in East Asian Studies and Chinese, with the goal of a career in naval intelligence.

2014

Winner: Gabrielle Allred, will be attending Johns Hopkins University majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Sponsor: CDR Lee Allred (Ret), last serving at SPAWAR Space Field Activity, Chantilly, VA.

 

2013

Winner: Laura Elliott (Sesow winner 2011 and 2012)
Sponsor:CAPT Mark Elliott, J2/Joint Staff

2012

Winner: Ireland Maguire, continuing her studies at Utah State University, majoring in Public Health, with the goal of becoming a pediatrician
Sponsor: CWO2 Gene Maguire, USN, NR ONI 0287, Salt Lake City

2011

Winner: William R. Poppert
Sponsor:CDR William R. Poppert stationed at Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic

2010

Winner: Kara E. Garrott, who will be attending the University of South Carolina with a major in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Spanish.
Sponsor:CAPT Bruce D. Garrott, USNR, US Central Command, Reserve Unit NR JICCENT 0174, MacDill AFB

2009

Winner: Michael C. Protacio, who will be attending Yale University with a major in music and a minor in international relations.
Sponsor:CAPT Barbara J. Protacio, USNR, serving with the Office of Naval Intelligence Navy Reserve Unit 0566, Suitland, MD

2008

Winner: Thomas A. Orr, entering his senior year at Central Washington University
Sponsor: CDR Thomas R. Orr, USN, serving at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station, Fallon, NV

2007

Winner: Matthew T. Peters, attending McDaniels College (MD)
Sponsor:

2006

Winner: James R. Everett IV, attending Old Dominion University
Sponsor: CAPT James R. Everett, III, who is Commanding Officer, Center for Naval Intelligence, Dam Neck, VA
 

Captain (Select) Kurt William Juengling +/- more info

Awardees

2019

Winner: Matthew Coulter, a rising senior at the University of Virginia, is a Systems Engineering Major. He is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps with ambition to be a fighter pilot and eventually join the NASA astronaut candidate program. In addition to giving back to our country, he has a long-held dream of completing meaningful work that deals with outer space. Matthew was previously the 2016 Captain Richard W. Bates Scholarship awardee.

2018

Winner: Rand Duarte is finishing her third year at Stanford University with a major in International Relations and a minor in Arabic. She is involved in Stanford in Government as the Director of Stipends Committee for Stanford student applicants, a member of the International Fellowships Committee and other leadership positions. Active in volleyball, she also works as a Summer Foreign Military Affairs intern at PMA-242 FMS at NAVAIR/Pax River. She wants to pursue a career in the federal government utilizing her Arabic skills in either a diplomatic or law enforcement position. She participated in the “Stanford in Washington DC Program” this past fall.

2017

Winner: Rand S. Duarte, sponsored by CAPT Beau Duarte of PMA-268, lives in Leonardtown MD. She’ll be starting her third year at Stanford University with a major in International Relations and a minor in Arabic. Her plans are to pursue a career in the federal government using her Arabic skills in either a diplomatic or law enforcement position.  This is her second award of a NIP Scholarship.

2016

Winner: Christopher Q. Kester, sponsored by CAPT Mark C. Kester at CID Unit Hampton Roads, lives in Pinehurst NC. He has committed to attending the University of Virginia where he plans to major in international relations and participate in the NROTC program. His goal is to get a commission in the USN.

2014

Winner: Bailey A. Doran, will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences.
Sponsor:LT Sean P. Doran, JICCENT 0597 (CENTCOM)

2013

Winner: Kimberlee Powell (enlisted reserve sponsor)
Sponsor:CTN1 Jimmie Lee Powell, NR COMTENTHFLT at Ft. Meade

2012

Winner: Rachel Protacio, continuing her studies at Yale, majoring in Computer Science and Psychology
Sponsor: CAPT Barbara Protacio, USNR, NR ONI 0766
 

Captain Anthony D. Sesow +/- more info

Awardees

2019

Winner: Intelligence Specialist Second Class Mikala Piazza attends American Military University and is a Technical Management Major with a concentration in project management where she maintains a 3.9 grade point average. Petty Officer Piazza is stationed at the Defense Intelligence Agency and was ranked one of 14 E-5s in the Joint Staff J2. Petty Officer Piazza is a board member, qualifier, and coordinator for the Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist qualification program for the DIA. Her prior duty stations were at USSTRATCOM CMSA in Norfolk, Virginia and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in Yokosuka, Japan. Her career plan is to eventually separate from the Navy, commission as a reserve naval intelligence officer, and gain employment at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency to continue her career in national security.

2018

Winner: Intelligence Specialist Second Class, Brandon Biwer is Information Warfare qualified and serves as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot. He was instrumental in developing new standard operating procedures for production, improving the time-sensitive, tailored intelligence support to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations. Petty Officer Biwer’s career goal is to become a Navy officer, and he would like to be a fighter pilot or an intelligence officer. He has been enrolled part-time in American Military University since 2017, has completed private pilot ground school. He is also an applicant for the fiscal year 2019 Seaman to Admiral program.

2017

Winner: Taylor K. Whitworth, sponsored by RDML Frank Whitworth III of AFRICOM, lives in Durham NC. She will be starting her fourth year at Duke University with a double major in International Comparative Studies (Middle East) and English, with a minor in Arabic. She plans to apply her work in Comparative Studies to a government career. This is her second award of a NIP Scholarship.

2016

Winner: PO2 Erika G. Casey is stationed at Naval Expeditionary Intelligence Command in Virginia Beach VA, but currently deployed for six months to CNE-CAN-C6F working in the HUMINT arena. She is taking classes at Northeastern University (Boston) and will graduate in 2017 with a degree in Health Management and a minor in Neuroscience.

2015

Not Awarded

2014

Winner: IS2(DW) Ann B. Tucker, COMUSNAVCENT, attending the University of Maryland University College working towards a Bachelor of the Arts in Global Affairs. Letter of recommendation from CDR Jeffrey Johnson, Chief of Analysis, N2, USNAVCENT

2013

Not Awarded

2012

Winner: Laura Elliott (second award), continuing her studies at University of Virginia, majoring in Math and Drama.
Sponsor: CAPT Mark Elliott, CNO Strategic Studies Group, Newport

2011

Winner: Laura E. Elliott
Sponsor: CAPT Mark R. Elliott stationed at Commander SECOND Fleet

2010

Winner:  GySgt Michael R. Kristek, Sr., USMC, attending the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel, assigned to the Marine Corps Detachment, Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Virginia Beach, VA
Winner: IS2 Eugene M. Padden, USN, attending the American Military University, assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot, Washington, DC

2009

Winner:ISSN Anthony R. Barron, USNR, attending his second year at the University of Texas, assigned to the RIA Southeast, COMNAVRESINTCOM

2008

Winner: IS1 (SW/AW) Keila F. Ortiz Caraballo, USN, attending Temple University, Japan Campus, assigned to the Defense Attaché Office, U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

2007

Winner: IS3 Jonathan A. Lockwood, USN, attending Troy University
Winner: IS2 Damian A. Martin, USN, attending the University of Maryland, University College, Europe

2006

Winner: Jonathan Lindsay Inman, attending the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Sponsor: CDR Carl R. Inman, who is the ACOS for Intelligence, Commander Strike Force Training Group Pacific at NAS North Island.

2005

Winner:Andrew Elliott who will attend Virginia Tech.
 

Contact

The Foundation Committee
Naval Intelligence Professionals
Attn: Chairman, Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 11579
Burke, Virginia 22009-1579