Women in Defense Scholarship

Women in Defense (WID) is a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Affiliate that engages, cultivates, and advances women working in all aspects of national security. The WID scholar program was created to encourage and assist women who want to pursue a career in national security, with a focus on foreign defense or foreign policy.  The National Defense Industrial Association, Women In Defense, and their sponsors want to invest in high-performing women to increase diversity and innovation in government, academia, and the defense industrial workforce. Awardees must show the impact their WID Scholarships have had on their lives and may be asked to write about speak about their scholarships and their impact in the future.

The deadline to apply for the 2021-2022 scholarship is March 12, 2021.


  • Be a woman currently enrolled or expected to be enrolled at an accredited university or college by the next academic term, either full-time or part-time.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; undergraduates must have attained at least junior-level status (60 credits).
  • Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.25.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Recipients of past awards may apply for future financial assistance.

Awardee Requirements

  • Allow WID to use their names, areas of study, and educational institution in public affairs releases.
  • Attend a WID Scholar Celebration event in 2021 in the National Capital Region. WID will pay travel expenses.
  • Awardees will speak about their academic experiences, network with other awardees, and engage with men and women working in defense and national security.
  • Upon notification of selection, awardees must provide a headshot and logo for the school where WID will send the scholarship funding.
  • Allow WID to share applicant information with Sponsors and Strategic Partners.

Application Process

  • Provide background information regarding personal information, education  (academic transcripts), employment, previous awards, and financial need.
  • Personal essay demonstrating an interest in defense career (500 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume

For more information and to apply, click here.


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