Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro Scholarship Program

The Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro Scholarship Program awards scholarships to dependent children (under 24 years of age) of regular and reserve Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officer and enlisted intelligence personnel. The scholarship program also includes one specifically for active duty USN, USMC, and USCG enlisted personnel serving in intelligence-related assignments.

NIP is proud to offer these seven individual $5000 scholarships:

  • 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
  • CWO4 (Ret) Gene and Kimberly Maguire Scholarship (*added in 2022)

The Foundation Scholarship Cycle

  • Announcement of program eligibility requirements and submission procedures (January).
  • Online application becomes available (January).
  • Applications are due by 15 April.
  • Submissions are reviewed by a selected panel of NIP members who grade each candidate on the announced criteria of academic and athletic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service. Enlisted candidates are also evaluated on service performance.
  • Following the panels selection, a congratulatory letter is sent to each selectee (June).
  • Press releases are sent to each media outlet designated by the respective scholarship recipients. Letters are also sent to those who were not selected to thank them for their interest and to encourage submission in subsequent years.
  • The recipients are recognized on the website and in the Fall edition of the NIP READBOOK.

Application Status:

The Application Window for the 2024-25 Academic Year is CLOSED. Recipients will be announced in June 2024. Application Window for 2025-26 Academic Year will open in January 2025.

Captain George J. O'Donnell, Jr.

2024 Awardee: Michael Himes

Michael Himes is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania and a Naval Recruit Officer Training Corps (NROTC) midshipman. He is pursuing a degree in computer and information science, with a concentration in artificial intelligence (AI). Michael holds a seat on the Penn Engineering Council and serves as a ministry team leader in the Christian Union. He also carried out duties as fundraising officer, alumni engagement officer, and Alpha Company Chief for the NROTC Battalion. Upon graduation and commissioning, he is interested in serving in cryptologic warfare or special warfare.

Michael previously won the 2022 Captain Richard W. Bates Scholarship.

Sponsor: Rear Admiral Josh Himes, USN, Vice Director of Intelligence, Joint Chiefs of Staff


Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen

2024 Awardee: Grace Damato

Grace Damato is a rising junior at Florida State University. Pursuing a degree in biochemistry, she is a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) midshipman and serves as the NROTC Battalion representative to FSU’s Student Government Association. Upon graduation and commissioning, she is interested in a career in information warfare, naval aviation, submarine warfare, or nuclear propulsion.

Grace is a past winner of the 2023 Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen Scholarship, and the 2022 Commander Dan Shanower Scholarship.

Sponsor: Captain Dave Damato, USN, COMSUBFOR Director of Intelligence 

Captain Richard W. Bates

2024 Awardee: Eleanor Gilmore

Eleanor Gilmore, a rising sophomore at the University of Virginia (UVA), is pursuing a degree in foreign affairs. She serves on UVA’s Board of Elections and is a staff editor for UVA’s international relations publication, The Virginia Journal. After completing her degree, she intends to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent, working in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, or serving in the Peace Corps.

Sponsor: Captain Thomas Gilmore, USN, Carrier Strike Group Four

Commander Dan F. Shanower

2024 Awardee: Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross is a rising junior at Virginia Tech University, studying experimental neuroscience. She is presently working as a summer undergraduate fellow at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute within Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine, researching translational neurobiology. She has also been competitively selected for an Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security internship at University of Maryland’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS). Upon graduation, she is interested in advancing AI research in support of national defense and the intelligence community.

Sponsor: Captain Ray Cross, USN (Ret)

Captain (Select) Kurt William Juengling

2024 Awardee: Liam Pendergast

Liam Pendergast is a rising freshman at Penn State University and a recent graduate of Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Virginia. He intends to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, joining Penn State’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) on scholarship. After graduation and commissioning, he is interested in serving as a submariner.

Sponsor: Captain James M Pendergast, USN (Ret)

CWO4 (Retired) Gene and Kimberly Maguire

2024 Awardee: IS1 Victoria DeBernardis

Intelligence Specialist First Class Victoria DeBernardis serves as an aviation intelligence instructor assigned to Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC). In that capacity, she is responsible for developing training exercises to prepare intelligence officers and intelligence specialists for deployment. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies at American Military University. Upon graduation, she intends to continue postgraduate studies while seeking a commission through the Naval Intelligence Warrant Officer program to specialize in the human intelligence (HUMINT) career field.

Captain Anthony D. Sesow

2024 Awardee: CTN2 Cobalt Henson

Cyber Warfare Technician Second Class Cobalt Henson serves as a digital network analyst with Cyber Strike Activity SIXTY-THREE (CSA-63), where he recently contributed to the identification of three adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures used by the U.S. government’s number one intelligence priority. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity and information technology at University of Maryland’s Global Campus with a concentration in terrorism and critical infrastructure. With a 4.0 GPA, he also earned a spot on the Dean’s List.

Petty Officer Henson also received the 2023 Captain Anthony D. Sesow Scholarship.


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