Evan O’Connor, a graduate of DoDEA high school in Naples, Italy, is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in nursing. He is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps with a four-year commitment to the Nursing Corps, but his ambition is to pursue a career in medical intelligence, possibly at the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI). To support his intelligence ambitions, Evan has studied Mandarin for eight years and is earning a minor in East Asian languages and civilizations with a concentration in Chinese. Evan was the 2020 and 2021 winner of the Commander Dan F. Shanower Scholarship and used his award to attend a language immersion program at Tamkang University in Taipei.
Sponsor: Commander Sean O’Connor, USN, National Intelligence University
Stephanie Dullum is a 2021 graduate of Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia and will be a freshman at the College of William and Mary where she intends to study Biology. Across her high school career, she was a varsity swimmer and cross country runner as well as a flutist in the symphonic and wind ensemble bands. Additionally, Stephanie is an accomplished dancer with nine years of experience in various genres including tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and pointe which she pursued through a local dance studio. While undecided on her ultimate career path, she wants a profession that ties together helping others, like her mother, and protecting others, like her dad, and believes that it will involve some aspect of national security.
Sponsor: Captain (JD) John Dullum, USN (Retired)
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: Retired officer Lieutenant Commander Stephen Brenneman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bailey A. Doran, will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences.
Sponsor: LT Sean P. Doran, JICCENT 0597 (CENTCOM)
Kimberlee Powell (enlisted reserve sponsor)
Sponsor: CTN1 Jimmie Lee Powell, NR COMTENTHFLT at Ft. Meade
Rachel Protacio, continuing her studies at Yale, majoring in Computer Science and Psychology
Sponsor: CAPT Barbara Protacio, USNR, NR ONI 0766