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Chapter Regional Scholarships

Advancing Women in STEM

The Chapter's Regional Scholarships provide financial assistance to further the educational objectives of women who are pursuing STEM degrees and demonstrate commitment to pursuing careers in the U.S. defense and national security sectors.  Preferred fields of study include engineering, material science, human sciences, biological engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, and chemistry.  Awards will be made based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, work experience, statements of interest, and recommendations.

AWARD PROCESS            

The Chapter's regional scholarship is a scholarship offered to applicants that apply to the annual National WID Scholar Program and attend school in the New England area. In late spring, the Chapter scholarship committee reviews WID Scholar applicants from our area and selects eligible applicants by mid-summer for follow on scholarship awards. The scholarship amount and number of awards vary (depends on prior year fundraising), but the average award amounts to $1,000. 


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria. No exceptions will be considered.

  • Be a woman currently enrolled in an accredited university or college in New England.

    • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; undergraduates must have attained at least junior level status (60 credits).

  • Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense.

  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.25.

  • Be a resident of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire.

  • Be a citizen of the United States.

  • An intent to “Pay it Forward” and communicate the impact the Scholarships will have on their lives.  Willingness to speak and/or be introduced (in person and/or by photographic image) at WID events, write a brief column for WID publications, participate in group discussions to share career updates and positively impact mentees.


The Chapter's Regional Scholarship is made possible with generous support from NDIA New England, as well as  individual and corporate donors. If you are interested in making a donation to our scholarship programs please contact Jo Ann Ratto Ross, WID-GBC Scholarship Chair, at

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