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NOTE: Please note that ALL CIRA applicants will automatically be considered for Ben DeFelice scholarship. Those individuals should only apply using the CIRA scholarship application. If you are not eligible for the CIRA scholarship, please apply using the Ben DeFelice scholarship application.


Ben DeFelice, a Central Intelligence Agency career employee of 34 years, pioneered major benefit programs for the men and women who serve their country in intelligence. He spent two decades handling one of CIA's most delicate assignments: looking after the interests of CIA Employees who were missing, captured or killed in the line of duty and consoling their relatives. He ensured that employees who served the Agency would not be forgotten.
In September 1997, the CIA selected Mr. DeFelice to receive the prestigious Trailblazer award which was given to the 50 officers who were deemed to have made the most significant contributions in shaping the Agency and furthering the Agency's mission.
Mr. DeFelice served for 31 years as Chairman of the Board for the Northwest Federal Credit Union and served for 9 years on the Board of Northwest Financial Services, formerly Northwest Services.
This scholarship created in Mr. DeFelice's name is for the individual who exemplifies his qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment in school, at work, in the community, and to his family.
Requirements:
Ben DeFelice Scholarship applicants must:
a) be members of the credit union for at least a year OR
b) have a parent/grandparent who has been a member of the credit union for at least one year AND open an account at time of application
c) be accepted into a full-time associate or undergraduate degree program for the 2024-2025 school year
d) agree to submit transcripts and acceptance and/or enrollment letter
e) if selected as a finalist apply the funds to undergraduate education
PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION IN YOUR APPLICATION OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
Clicking "Create your Account" will open a new window. There you should:
1. Create your account.
2. Check your email and click the link to validate your email address.
3. Return to the original tab and begin applying.

NOTE: Please note that ALL CIRA applicants will automatically be considered for Ben DeFelice scholarship. Those individuals should only apply using the CIRA scholarship application. If you are not eligible for the CIRA scholarship, please apply using the Ben DeFelice scholarship application.


The Central Intelligence Retirees Association (CIRA) is comprised of current and former CIA employees and contractors who recognize the sacrifices made by Agency employees and their families. In 2007, the CIA partnered with the NWFCU Foundation to create the CIRA Scholarship Program to reduce the barriers of the children and grandchildren of current and former CIA employees to furthering their education. The CIA believes that investing CIRA funds in education is in line with the spirit of continuing interest in the development and well-being of the Agency and its people.
Requirements:
CIRA Scholarship applicants must be:
a) the child or grandchild of a current or former CIA employee
b) the primary holder of a Northwest Federal Credit Union Account (which can be opened at the time of application)
c) accepted into a full-time associate or undergraduate degree program for the 2024-2025 school year
d) agree to submit transcripts and acceptance and/or enrollment letter if selected as a finalist
e) apply the funds to undergraduate education
PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION IN YOUR APPLICATION OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
Clicking "Create your Account" will open a new window. There you should:
1. Create your account.
2. Check your email and click the link to validate your email address.
3. Return to the original tab and begin applying.

About the Scholarship:

The OSINT Foundation, the professional association for Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) practitioners who support the U.S. Intelligence Community, announces its inaugural scholarship award. The mission of the Foundation is to promote open-source intelligence tradecraft, elevate the discipline, and develop the practitioner community to advance the national security of the United States by becoming the focal point for professional certification, thought leadership, and recognition of excellence in OSINT. The Foundation offers a $2,500 academic scholarship to a current undergraduate student in a B.A. or B.S. program who is interested in open-source and desires to work in a national security field.


Each scholarship applicant will be vetted by a panel consisting of the OSINT Foundation President and Operations Director and members of the Foundation’s Awards Committee. The Scholarship Award will be paid directly to the respective college/ university to be applied to tuition fees. 


Instructions:

Please read and complete each question carefully. 

Note: applicants will be asked to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship before award is conferred.

All questions marked with asterisk (*) are required. 

If you have any issues with the online form, please reach out to scholarship@nwfcu.org. For all other questions regarding the scholarship, please reach out to: admin@osintfoundation.com. Thank you!

The 2024 Community-Based Scholarship is open to students who are currently scheduled to graduate in 2024 or graduated from one of the following programs in 2023: 

  • Fairfax County High Schools:  Annandale, Justice, Herndon, or Falls Church
  • Prince William County High Schools: Osbourne, Manassas, or Unity Reed
  • Loudoun County High Schools: North Star, or Parkview
  • Attendees of Second Story or Mobile Hope

Additional criteria includes applying for FAFSA or VASA programs and having applied to a qualifying education program: a two year, four year, or vocational school program.  

NWFCU Foundation