The Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) is a tax-exempt educational and charitable foundation. Through the NIP Foundation, NIP recognizes excellence in naval and maritime-associated intelligence through awards for professional achievement, an essay contest, and the Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro Scholarship Program. We are proud to announce the NIP Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro Scholarship Program for the academic year 2017-2018. Eligible scholarship candidates are dependent children (under 24 years of age) of regular and reserve Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officer and enlisted intelligence personnel, both active duty and retired. There is also one scholarship for active duty enlisted personnel. Each scholarship is $5000.

There are six individual $5000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen Scholarship
Captain Richard W. Bates Scholarship
Captain George J. O’Donnell, Jr., Scholarship
Commander Dan F. Shanower Scholarship
Captain (Select) Kurt William Juengling Scholarship
Captain Anthony D. Sesow Scholarship

The Sesow Scholarship is one specifically for active duty USN, USMC, and USCG enlisted personnel serving in intelligence related assignments. Applicants must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) or part-time in an accredited Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree program. This scholarship may be shared between two successful candidates.

The remaining five scholarships will be awarded to dependent children as outlined above; one application is all that is required to apply for one of these five scholarships.

Selection of all scholarship awardees will be based on academic achievement (Grade Point Average), SAT or ACT scores, extra-curricular activities (including community service), and career objectives. These criteria indicate past and potential academic performance and career goals consistent with the NIP charter. Scholarships will be awarded to the best qualified applicants in the dependent and active duty categories, respectively.

All scholarship applications, all supporting transcripts, SAT or ACT scores and command endorsement (for active duty applicants only) must be received by the NIP Scholarship Committee by 15 April 2017. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Candidates are encouraged to complete and submit their application online. The on-line application form may be found at:

Supporting official transcripts are required, and must be sent from the appropriate educational institution to:

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

If a candidate is unable to access the on-line application form, the entire application plus supporting documentation may also be mailed to the above address.

If you are mailing a hard-copy scholarship application, use the directions below as a guideline for your submission; if you are using the on-line application, submit the information as requested in the online form. Do not mail a hard copy application if you have submitted one online.

NIP Scholarship Application: The following information is required for purposes of the selection and for press releases for the scholarship recipients:

1. Name (Last, First, Middle Initial), Address (Street, City, State, Zip Code), phone number and email address
2. Active Duty/Retired Sponsor (for dependent applicants only) (Rank/Rate, First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name), Command affiliation of the Sponsor (for retired sponsors, last active duty Command affiliation), and Current Command Address of the Sponsor
3. School currently or last attended
4. Official transcript with GPA/System (e.g., 3.9 on 4.0 basis)
5. SAT/ACT Score
6. Academic Awards, Sports Awards, Extra-Curricular Activities, Honors
7. Work experience and current employment, if applicable.
8. College(s) applied to (name, city, state), that you will attend, or are already attending, as appropriate
9. College Degree desired (or selected, as appropriate), including intended Major (and Minor if applicable)
10. Career Goals and Objectives:

a. This should be a short and succinct essay to give insight into your career decision thought processes, how you see yourself fulfilling these goals, and why this career path is important to you.
b. Additionally, and if applicable, include answers to questions like:
i. Why will your career goals and objectives assist you in a career with naval or national intelligence organizations or a career that employs intelligence disciplines?
ii. Why do you believe your major or career path is important to the Naval Intelligence Community?
iii. What difference do you believe a Naval Intelligence Professional Scholarship will make in your educational advancement and development of your professional career?
c. Although there is no minimum or maximum length requirement for this essay, it is strongly recommended that it be limited to a half-page maximum.

11. Optional: media names and addresses (including e-mail) of any newspapers where you would like NIP to send a press release in the event of scholarship award.
12. Optional: photograph for press release purposes (optional): preferably 4×6 or 5×7 color photo, such as a high school yearbook picture, Boot Camp graduation photo, or any formal portrait photo.

For Enlisted Applicants only:

In addition to the information above, please provide the following:

1. Command Endorsement for Active Duty Enlisted Applicants (i.e., a brief statement signed by the LCPO, Department Head, XO or CO, citing a compelling reason for the scholarship award).
2. A brief description of current duties and any community volunteer work at your current duty station.
3. Optional: for press releases purposes for the scholarship award recipients, enlisted applicants should include names and hometown of parents; high school attended and any honors received for academics or sports in high school; the date of enlistment; Boot Camp and any service schools attended, including dates of graduation from each; duty stations in chronological order; and any personal awards received, e.g., IS “A” School Honors graduate, NAM, NCM, etc.)

Applicants are responsible for the completeness and timeliness of the application package.