Independent College Fund of Maryland (iFund)

The application process is currently closed. Next process opens September 2013.

National Security Scholarships

National Security confronts the formidable challenge of preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information, collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counter intelligence purposes as well as support military operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

National Security Scholars Progam

Focusing on the needs of the intelligence and defense industry in Maryland, the I-Fund's National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) offers opportunities for scholarship, assistance with national security clearance processing, internships and future employment to students who attend an I-Fund member college or university.

Now in its 14th year, the NSSP has awarded more than $2.55M in scholarships to more than 185 students an I-Fund member college or university. Additionally, the NSSP provides a network of opportunity to its partners for the purpose of maintaining a pipeline of future hires addressing current and future employment challenges of the national security industry in Maryland.

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Program Partners (NSSP Board):

AT&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI, CSC, DRC, Lockheed Martin, NSA, Raytheon, SAIC, Serco, Inc. and TechUSA

Program Benefits:

    • $15,000 Scholarship Award

    • Possibility of a paid summer internship in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area
    • Assistance with processing towards a national security clearance
    • Unique opportunity to explore a future in the national security field and obtain employment leads with the I-Fund's national security industry partners

Eligibility requirements:

    • Must attend an I-Fund member college.

    • Email regarding your intent to apply.
    • Completion and timely submission of I-Fund NSSP application — includes typed essay, resume (both paper & electronic), 2 letters of recommendation (address to the National Security Scholars Program Board), and official transcript of grades (students who transferred to an I-Fund College/University must also request a certified copy of grades for credits from their transferring institution).
    • U.S. Citizenship
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    • Expressed interest in a career in the national security field. Please check page 2 of the application for most current list of preferred majors. (for St. John’s College students only: applicants must have a demonstrated interest and record of achievement in one of the major areas).
    • Summer internship obligation if offered. (Internship is contingent upon successful completion of a national security clearance.) An internship is required as eligibility for the I-Fund NSSP scholarship. All applicants will be considered for summer internships with industry or NSA. Candidates must be available to serve summer internship prior to graduating
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Minimum 24 credit hours at time of application, not to extend beyond October deadline of applicant’s junior year.
    • Candidates must be available for an in-person interview on either Friday or Saturday (November 8th or 9th) 2013.
Additional information about the program/process not available on this website will be shared at an upcoming September campus presentation—See posters on campus or contact either your Career Center or Financial Aid office for details.

How to Apply:

The I-Fund National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) accepts applications September 1st through October 3rd 2013.

Note: Email regarding your intent to apply before completing the application.

An application for the I-Fund National Security Scholars Program may be obtained online. Complete the application, sign it and forward it with the required supporting documents to your Financial Aid Office. (sooner if instructed by your campus liaison).

Up-to-date information is posted on this website or you may contact Lori Subotich, Director of Programs & Scholarships for the I-Fund at ph: 443-997-5703 or E-mail:

Each student must complete an application, including all of the information requested. The information on the form must be typed and legible. Please do not staple documents together. All documents should be single sided for ease of copying. The following information must be included with the application:

Typed resume - (Submitted both with your application and electronically, in Microsoft Word format, to Your name should appear at the top of each page. Essay - A 300-500 word typed essay - choose one of the topics provided (check back for application/essay topic update):

    • Letters of Recommendation - at least two letters of recommendation (address to "National Security Scholars Program Board"). For example, letters may be from teachers, professors, employer, counselors, clergy, community leaders, etc.

    • A certified transcript of grades - request these early, as this time of year may present a delay for campus offices. Additionally, students who transferred to an I-Fund member college need to request an additional certified transcript of grades/credits from transferring institution.

Selection, Notification and Scholar Expectations:

Scholarship candidate selection is a multiple step process (see below). The NSSP process runs from September 1 through May 31 of each academic year.

    • Deadline for submitting application is October 3, 2013.
    • Initial review of application is made by the NSSP panel in mid October. All candidates are notified whether or not selected for an interview on or about October 29th.
    • Candidate interviews are scheduled for Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2013. Each candidate will be assigned a specific interview date/time. Due to the number of interviews scheduled, the date/time is not negotiable. Location of the interview is at the Booz Allen Hamilton offices in Annapolis Junction, Maryland 21701.
    • All applicants receive e-mail notification with results of the scholarship interview process on or before December 1st. Selected applicants will move forward to security clearance processing. Processing is ongoing between January and May 31 each year.
    • Candidates who are approved for a national security clearance are reviewed by the NSSP Board for internship placement with program partners and/or notified of scholarship award in early June. Internships generally run June through August each summer.
    • Housing is candidate's responsibility; however, I-Fund will provide information or assistance with available housing options. Candidates should inquire about housing during interview process.
    • Successful candidates are expected to attend the Annual NSSP Award Dinner held early June at a Baltimore area location.
    • Successful candidates must confirm (email-signed) acceptance of internship by the deadline communicated to candidates via email from Lori Subotich, Director of Programs & Scholarships. A Thank You letter addressed to
      "The I-Fund NSSP Supporters" is required and should be signed and sent (along with an electronic copy to to
      the I-Fund no later than July 5theach year.
    • Successful candidates must complete the Internship Feedback Form and submit to the I-Fund no later than September 15, following their summer internship.