NDIA's Women In Defense Announces 2016 HORIZONS Scholarship Recipients

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Women In Defense (WID), an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual HORIZONS scholarship program.

“We congratulate this year’s scholars and look forward to following them as they prepare to serve in defense and national security,” said Rene’ Carbone Bardorf, Executive Director of Women In Defense and Chief Communications Officer for NDIA. “Furthering one’s education in national security studies not only shapes an individual’s understanding of our nation’s values, interests and challenges, but it strengthens their character and dedication to a higher calling. These women will actively engage to find solutions to our nation’s most complex national security challenges, and we are proud of them for their determination and dedication to answer the call to serve our nation.”

Through its HORIZONS scholarship program, Women In Defense offers scholarships to female students in undergraduate or graduate programs related to international relations, political science, national security and defense. The 2016 recipients are as follows:

•    Elisabeth Whitbeck – Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, National Security Policy
•    Kathryn Morisy – Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Strategic Studies and International Economics
•    Linnea Johnson – The George Washington University, Data Science
•    Lindsay Gabbert – Pennsylvania State University, Homeland Security/Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense
•    Hannah Lyness – Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics

The HORIZONS program has awarded scholarships to support the advancement of women in national security and defense careers since 1988. Past HORIZONS recipients have secured careers in the State Department and Department of Defense, as well as organizations like BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Goldman Sachs, RAND Corporation, and SAIC.

For more information about the scholarship program and recipients, please visit www.womenindefense.net.

About Women In Defense
Women in Defense (WID) cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. A proud affiliate of NDIA, Women in Defense provides its members access to a dynamic, forward-thinking community to develop their leadership skills, and cultivate networks through the participation in national and regional events that address some of the nation’s most pressing defense and security issues.

Represented by 20 chapters across the country, Women In Defense is in a period of accelerated growth and expansion. Membership is open to women and men whose primary professional activities relate to the national security of the United States and its’ allies. Women In Defense represents members from defense companies; all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces; government agencies; academia; think tanks; military and veteran service nonprofits; associations and professional services. Active military and government employees receive complimentary membership.
 

CONTACT: Ashley Saunders
         703-247-2579
         asaunders@ndia.org

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