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Department of Defense scholarships awarded

They say in weather that when it rains, it pours, and success is raining down on Capitol College in the form of U.S. Department of Defense Scholarships awarded to four exceptional students studying engineering and information assurance.

Capitol, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, has been issued a grant for three new scholarships under the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship program. This year, three Capitol College students have been selected for this prestigious IASP honor; Melissa Belleman, Cedric Owens and William Littleton.

Sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration, and administered by the National Security Agency, the IASP scholarships are awarded to just 50 students nationally every year.

“The highly selective program will help to enlarge the pool of information assurance professionals who will work to insure the security of the DoD’s information assurance infrastructure,” writes Program Manager, Christine Nickell.

IASP scholarships cover full tuition costs for each student’s final year at Capitol, and students are also extended the opportunity to serve one year internships with the DoD at various locations.

"These scholarship recipients represent the quality of students we have studying here," said Capitol's Vice President of Academic Affairs and CAO, Vic Maconachy. "To have three Capitol students receive the IASP honor, out of fifty nationwide, is phenomenal.”

In addition, Melody Ford, a junior aerospace engineering student, has been honored with an impressive scholarship opportunity under the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Program. SMART is managed by the Naval Postgraduate School on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Through the American Society of Engineering Education, which works with NPS to administer the program, Ford has been selected by the Air Force Research Lab to conduct research and work on space vehicles at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, following graduation. As part of her scholarship, she is guaranteed a one-year, paid internship position, full tuition reimbursement for her final year at Capitol, book allowances, health insurance and lodging compensation.