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KU’s Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence Awards scholarships to ICCAE Scholars

Fri, 09/24/2021

LAWRENCE — The Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE) at the University of Kansas has awarded five ICCAE scholars with an academic scholarship. ICCAE scholars are high-achieving students in the intelligence and national security studies (INSS) minor or certificate program at KU and who are dedicated to working in the U.S. intelligence community upon graduation. Each scholarship is worth $4,000.

Jaleah Cullors is a senior from Overland Park double-majoring in political science and global & international studies with minors in Spanish, intelligence & national security studies and Middle East studies.

Marilyn Curtis is a senior from Olathe double-majoring in behavioral neuroscience and linguistics with a minor in intelligence & national security studies.

Sarah Grindstaff is a senior from Columbia, Illinois, majoring in political science with minors in Russian business & professional culture, economics, and intelligence & national security studies.

Brooklynn DeOnna Mainard is a senior from Harrisonville, Missouri, majoring in political science and global & international studies with minors in Middle East studies, intelligence & national security studies and peace & conflict studies.

Samantha Torres is a senior from Lawrence double-majoring in political science and sociology, with minors in social justice in the U.S. and intelligence & national security studies.

The Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence is a workforce development program to increase diversity with the U.S. intelligence community. In 2017, KU received a $1.5 million grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to establish a program with Donnelly College, Dodge City Community College and Seward County Community College. In addition to the certificate program and minor, the program provides educational resources, support and professional experiences for students who wish to serve as qualified intelligence officers in an effort to carry out the nation’s long-term national security initiatives. 

ICCAE is housed in the Department of Political Science. For more information about the program, please visit http://iccae.ku.edu/.



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