The Naval Intelligence Professionals RADM Shapiro Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2021-2022

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 2021-2022. 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, pursuing an undergraduate degree. There is also one scholarship endowed specifically for active duty enlisted personnel.

There are six individual $5000 scholarships for the 2021-2022 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 specifically for active duty USN, USMC, and USCG enlisted personnel serving in intelligence-related assignments. Applicants can 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 work, and career objectives that fall within the broad umbrella of national security. 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, including 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 2021.  Applications received after that date will not be considered. NIP does not anticipate a due-date extension because of the Covid 19 pandemic as occurred last year. Applicants are responsible for the completeness and timeliness of their submissions and are highly encouraged to actively ensure timely delivery of their academic transcripts.

There is no longer a hard copy application option. Candidates will complete and submit their application online to our scholarship website at:

If you should experience any issue with the website please immediately contact for rapid technical support and cc:

Supporting official transcripts are required, and must be sent from the appropriate educational institution(s). Applicants are highly encouraged to electronically transfer transcripts for rapid receipt by the NIP Scholarship Committee; some universities offer electronic transfer as a service and some use organizations such as If your educational institution doesn’t offer electronic transfer then please have your transcripts mailed to:

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

For enlisted applicants only: Submission of a command endorsement letter is required. A brief statement signed by the LCPO, Department Head, XO or CO, citing a compelling reason for the scholarship award will suffice and should be uploaded by the applicant to the website.