The Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Certificate program at Fayetteville State University (FSU) has awarded stipends to five students for fall 2014. The stipends are funded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and are intended to recognize students who are performing well in the GEOINT Certificate program and to encourage them to continue their education and seek employment opportunities in the Intelligence Community. The stipends are made possible by a $432,000 grant FSU received in 2012 from grant by the NGA.
The recipients are:
• Courtney Anderson is a senior majoring in intelligence studies with a minor in geography. Anderson was born and raised in Greenville, SC. She is part of the FSU Army ROTC program and is currently in her fourth year. She will be commissioned in May of 2015. After graduation, she plans to serve in the US Army. In the future, Anderson wants to pursue a career in the intelligence community, specifically with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
• Brenda Rosek-Michel has been in the Army National Guard since 2010. Her previous job in the National Guard was a Signal System Support Specialist and her primary duties included installing and troubleshooting the radios used in the military vehicles. Currently, her responsibilities have changed to inventorying sensitive items, such as weapons and communication systems. Additionally, she has been shadowing a Platoon Leader to gain some insight into becoming an Army officer. Rosek-Michel is has been studying Military Science for the past three years in the Army ROTC Program and plans on commissioning as an active duty military intelligence officer in May of 2015 when she graduates with a degree in geography and with the GEOINT Certificate.
• Nicholas Kennedy is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. After coming off of active duty, he decided to pursue a degree in computer science. He currently holds a 4.0 GPA and works as an independent contractor for the Naval Research Laboratory where his focus is integrating autonomous systems with GIS.
• Sam Ndiwe was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division for 10 years. As a non-commissioned officer, he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was wounded in Iraq and later became part of the Wounded Warriors Program at Fort Bragg. After service, he wanted to attain a college degree. While seeking a degree in computer science, he has developed an interest in geospatial technologies. He hopes his educational journey will someday lead to advancement in technology that the world can use.
• A decorated combat veteran in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Paul Morehead served six years active duty in the United States Army prior to enrolling at Fayetteville State University in spring 2013. Currently in his senior year, he is completing the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate along with a dual history and geography major as a two-time recipient of the Chancellor’s List Award for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. In addition to his scholarly achievements, Morehead continues to be extremely active within the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg communities through various ongoing community service projects and organizational efforts. Along with other clubs and organizations, one of his most recent community service initiatives involved working closely with Veteran’s Empowerment of Fayetteville North Carolina. Through his participation, Morehead along with many others were able to help feed the homeless Veterans of Cumberland County and surrounding areas.
FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With nearly 5,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.
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