ARLINGTON, VA – Twelve women from around the country will share in more than $126,000 for their academic pursuits as the Women In Defense Horizons Scholarship class of 2019-20, the Arlington, VA-based nonprofit announces. Two SPIA graduates, Taylor Martin and Amber Morgan, are among the scholarship winners.

The awardees were chosen from among 30 applicants for the annual scholarships that help fund women studying for careers in defense and foreign policy. A panel of three WID National Council members reviewed the submissions.

“These women and their varied studies demonstrate the power of diversity in strengthening our national defense,” said Rachel McCaffrey, executive director of WID and herself a retired Air Force intelligence officer. “It is their leadership, dedication and drive that demonstrate their potential and their commitment to our nation.”

“This class of Horizons honorees continues WID’s and NDIA’s dual commitment: to bolster women in their studies and careers in service to our national security and, in doing so, bring the best to our warfighters,” said Hawk Carlisle, president and chief executive officer of the National Defense Industrial Association. “It takes a diverse, inclusive team to ensure the security of our nation. These women offer their exceptional talent and ideas in support of the military and our country.”

WID is an affiliate of NDIA, which provided $100,000 to fund the scholarships. The remaining funds came from WID’s strategic partners, Dell Technologies, Carahsoft, Bloomberg Government, Deloitte, Lockheed Martin, Leidos and Standard Technology Inc., as well as private donations and donations from WID chapters.

A conference to celebrate the recipients takes place Thursday, Aug. 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the offices of Bloomberg Government in Washington. The recipients are:

  • Priya Balasubramanian, Cornell University
  • Camille Bobiak, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Alexandra Bruer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Lauren Finkenthal, Georgetown University
  • Jillian Joffe, Purdue University
  • Allison Maddux, Georgetown University
  • Taylor Martin, Georgetown University
  • Schuyler Moore, Georgetown University
  • Amber Morgan, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Margarita Valkovskaya, Syracuse University
  • Megan Ward, University of Washington
  • Elizabeth Wright, The George Washington University

The 2020-21 Horizons Scholarship class will open for applications in early 2020. For more information, visit

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