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NSA Receives Highest Honor From Independent College Fund

Release No: PA-144-18 Oct. 22, 2009 PRINT | E-MAIL

The National Security Agency (NSA) accepted the Independent College Fund (I- Fund) of Maryland's highest honor the Leadership Award at the "Evening of Excellence " ceremony held at The Belvedere in Baltimore Md. on Oct. 21. NSA received the award for its central and vital role in the I-Fund's National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) a program that awards scholarships to students attending its 10 colleges and universities in Maryland.

The Leadership Award is given annually to an individual or organization whose leadership efforts made an extraordinary difference in Maryland. In the past year NSA one of the largest employers in Maryland demonstrated its commitment to quality of independent higher education a key criterion for the award by contributing $45 000 to the I-Fund's NSSP.

Each year 10 "NSA Leadership Scholars" are handpicked by their respective college presidents after a screening and interview process. The scholars receive $5 000 scholarships after they receive their security clearances. Many of the scholars seek opportunities for paid internships with private industry and government partners such as NSA. Students who qualify for the NSSP typically major in accounting engineering computer science history information systems languages mathematics physics economics and political science. While most of these students take their skills into industry after graduation NSA's hope is that they bring their knowledge to the Agency.

Last year's Leadership Award recipient Chet Burrell CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield presented the award to NSA's Jonathan Miller deputy associate director of human resources. The ceremony will air on CNN in the near future.

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