On June 14, 2017, the Independent College Fund of Maryland (I-Fund), which is managed by MICUA, celebrated twenty-one students chosen for the 2017 National Security Scholars Program (NSSP). The prestigious program offers substantial scholarships, assistance with national security clearance processing, internships, and the possibility of future employment to students who attend an I-Fund member college or university.
The NSSP scholars each received between $6,500 and $10,000 in scholarship funds, Top Secret/Security Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances, and paid summer internships at the National Security Agency (NSA) or one of eight corporate NSSP Partners: Booz Allen Hamilton; CACI; Leidos; Lockheed Martin; ManTech; Northrup Grumman; Raytheon; and Tech USA Government Solutions, LLC.
The celebratory banquet, sponsored by I-Fund Corporate Partner Booz Allen Hamilton, was attended by representatives from eight NSSP Partners, NSA, and student scholars. Representatives of Geon Technologies, LLC also attended the event as a committed NSSP Partner for 2018.
Scott Ostrowski, a Chief Technologist for Booz Allen Hamilton, was the keynote speaker at the event. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Ostrowski served as an active duty Coast Guard Officer. Today, Ostrowski continues to serve in the Coast Guard Reserve and is directing a 200+ team of employees supporting the Department of Defense. The 2017 NSSP scholars are students attending Capitol Technology University, Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Stevenson University, and Washington College.
Now entering its 19th year, the NSSP has awarded $3.4 million in scholarships to more than 300 students attending an I-Fund member college or university. Through the NSSP, the I-Fund aids in the critical and increasing need for qualified, security-cleared agents to support the intelligence and defense industry in Maryland and the nation.