APPLICATIONS CLOSED! 2022 Space Coast STEM Scholarship

The Women In Defense Space Coast (WIDSC) STEM Scholarship awards vary up to $1,000.00 for exceptional Brevard County women seeking to further their education in STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with an interest in pursuing a career that supports the national defense industrial base. Awards are based on academic achievement, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations, and financial need. Applications must be received by April 23, 2022.

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APPLY NOW! 2022 Central Florida WID Scholarship

The Women In Defense Central Florida Chapter Scholarship awards vary from $250 up to $1,000.00 for women with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career related to national security, defense, or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related field. Awards are based on academic achievement, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations, and financial need. Applications must be received by April 13, 2022.

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WID National Scholar

Through the WID Scholar program, previously HORIZONS, Women In Defense encourages women to pursue careers supporting U.S. national security with a focus on defense or foreign policy. Awards are based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations, and financial need. Recipients must report periodically on the impact of the awards on their personal and professional lives.

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2022 Scholarships

The 2022 Applications are closed. Please plan to join us for the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 21st.

Register online to attend.    Sponsors welcome.

Dear Community Partner,

The Women ln Defense Space Coast Chapter (WIDSC) has established the Space Coast STEM Scholarship Fund to encourage women in Florida to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related to the national security and defense interests of the United States. Since its inception in 2013, WlDSC has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships and contributed to numerous STEM-related events.

Last year, we raised $10,000 for the Scholarship Fund and we’d like to exceed that this year. Now more than ever, students need financial assistance because the costs of tuition and books continue to rise and many students working in frontline positions for restaurants, retail, hospitality, etc. have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All too often, talented and hard-working students aren’t able to start or complete their degrees because of financial constraints. We are determined to grow our scholarship program in 2022 to show support for these well-deserving Space Coast women and help them meet their educational and professional goals so they can in turn contribute to raising our local economy for years to come.

To do that we need industry partners like you!

We are seeking local companies to donate what they can to the WIDSC Scholarship Fund. WIDSC will award the scholarships (up to $1,000 per student) in the summer of 2022. The companies who donate to the Fund will be recognized as Scholarship Sponsors. As a small business owner myself, I know how difficult it can be to manage corporate budgets and finances during these unpredictable times. However, I’m hoping your company may have some funds available for this as a priority workforce development initiative.

ln return, we will promote your business as an official Sponsor at events, on our website and social media channels for one year. You will also have the opportunity to present your company’s scholarship to the awardee at the Annual Scholarship Ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled for late June 2022. All funds donated through this initiative will only be dispersed to scholarship recipients. WIDSC is managed by volunteers with no administrative fees.

WIDSC is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, professional organization that is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). The Space Coast Chapter focuses on creating networking and professional development opportunities to promote the role of women in national defense and supporting industries. Brevard County is a unique area with a notable military presence and rapidly expanding national defense industry base that employs nearly 200,000 residents. Taking advantage of this environment, WIDSC offers mentoring opportunities and career support for women leaders living and working in our community from Mims to Malabar. Scholarship Fund donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information about WIDSC and our STEM Scholarships, please visit our web site at http://scwid.org.

If we could raise $10,000 or more in Scholarship Fund donations, we would consider this a success in light of the pandemic’s lingering economic impact on Space Coast businesses. With your support, we can help to build a more diverse and stable workforce and provide your company with a tremendous opportunity to support lifelong learning and increase your brand awareness within the community. We hope you will consider this a worthy cause to encourage women to start and further their careers in the STEM field by making a donation. Help make a difference for the future of the Space Coast!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Susie Glasgow, WIDSC Sponsorship Chair