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AFCEA Intelligence Scholarship Graduate Recipients

(Each winner received $5,000)

2008        2009         2010



Mr Matthew Richardson

University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso, TX


Mr. Richardson is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies (Middle East specialty with minors in Arabic, Persian, and Spanish).  Upon receipt of his degree, he plans to work as an Arabic linguist and/or intelligence analyst within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).  Throughout his academic studies he has focused on this goal.  His undergraduate degree in Geospatial Intelligence culminated in a year-long Seminar in Geospatial Intelligence, which simulated analytical work within the IC. In fulfilling the requirements for this course, he directed a team that formulated weekly written and oral intelligence briefings and collected open source intelligence on topics such as weapons of mass destruction terrorism and nuclear proliferation.  He is an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Scholar.  As an IC CAE Scholar, he is taking Persian language courses, participating in CIA workshops, and traveling internationally to gain overseas experience.  He already has spent four months in the Middle East earning him a minor in Arabic. As a future linguist/intelligence analyst, he hopes to be able to provide valuable insight regarding Middle Eastern societies.  As a graduate assistant he performs research and composes bibliographies for a professor on national-security related topics ranging from the future organization of U.S. military space forces to the India-Pakistan nuclear stand-off.  Mr. Richardson has a 3.97 GPA.


Mrs. Sandra L. Larson

Mercyhurst College

Erie, PA

Mrs. Larson is a second year graduate student majoring in Security and Intelligence with a 3.9 GPA. She intends to continue with her education in pursuit of a PhD. Mrs. Larson would also like to learn Ukrainian and Arabic, combining her foreign language abilities with her analytic education as a member of the intelligence community in the national security realm. Mrs. Larson is a volunteer youth leader at Panama Baptist Youth Group.

Mr. Neal Patel

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

Mr. Patel is a second year graduate student in Aerospace Engineering with a 3.9 GPA. His specific area of research is Application of Lean Principles to the Geospatial Intelligence Airborne Architecture Research, which is primarily focused on geospatial data collection with unmanned aerial vehicles and the effect of projected changes on the airborne architecture in the next decade on the current infrastructure. Mr. Patel won first place at the NASA Exploration System Mission Directorate (ESMD) Competition. He currently works as a researcher with the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL), which focuses on the development of complex systems. Mr. Patel plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and continuing work with ASDL to further his understanding of systems and system-of-systems engineering methodologies. In his spare time, Mr. Patel participates in campus wallyball, dodgeball, and volleyball teams.

Mr. Evan Roberts Price

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Mr. Price is a second year graduate student combining Security & Intelligence and Basic Arabic majors with a 3.8 GPA. Mr. Price’s area of interest is the Middle East, specifically the Levant region. During his graduate studies, he is focusing on two major research projects on security issues relating to the Levant region. Mr. Price’s prior experience is with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Opinion Research, Middle East and North Africa Analyst. In this position, he co-authored three opinion analysis articles, which were distributed to Department of State colleagues and the greater intelligence community.


Mr. Jeffrey Dean McCoy

University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

Mr. McCoy is currently enrolled in a combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree program in Aerospace Engineering Sciences with an emphasis in Bioastronautics. His research will focus on developing a means to protect humans from both natural and manmade radiation as he investigates the effects of different types of radiation on humans and their DNA. He plans to propose a method of protection that may be applied to either travelers in the space environment or defense and weapons officials on Earth. Mr. McCoy supplements his curricula with courses in the Vehicle Systems graduate program, which will ultimately allow him to design the hardware and structure of satellites. Mr. McCoy is employed part time by Lockheed Martin as a College Student Technical Senior Specialist, a classified position that helps develop Space-Based Infrared Systems. He also has held internships with the Boeing Company and NCR Corporation (now Teradata Corporation). Mr. McCoy plays the trombone and bassoon, participating in both the University’s Marching and Concert Bands; is co-founder of the University Rotary Club Chapter; is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; is a member of Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society); and in 2007, taught autistic students how to rock climb.

Mr. David Jonathan Roberts

King’s College

London, UK

Mr. Roberts is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Intelligence and International Security while developing proficiency in Russian. His dissertation compares the emergence of the British Joint Intelligence Committee to the American Directorate of National Intelligence. While an undergraduate student at Dickenson College, he largely designed a personal curriculum, combining traditional international relations courses with the comparative study of foreign political institutions. This led to a course with retired Admiral Dennis Blair, an instructor at the school’s partner institution, the Army War College. His experience at King’s affords him similar opportunities – flexible courses specifically tailored around intelligence and a global perspective on issues. His exposure to various subject matter experts including John Nagl and Zbigniew Brzezinski adds a unique and rewarding element to his studies. Mr. Roberts serves as president, Lillian Penson Hall Residents Union, Intelligence MA Representative to King’s Department of War Studies Staff-Student Consultative Committee, and as a member of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Mr. Thomas Andrew Weis

The Institute of World Politics

Washington, DC

Mr. Weis is pursuing a Master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence Studies as well as independent study of Spanish and Farsi. He also currently works as a Defense Intelligence Agency Intern for the Latin America Division of the Defense Attaché and Overt Sources Branch of the Directorate for Human Intelligence. He has gained extensive experience with a variety of internships at the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security. As an undergraduate at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, his article entitled, “Defining Terrorism in the International Community,” was selected for publication in the school’s journal The Globe. Mr. Weis plans to serve as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps upon completion of his graduate studies prior to a long-awaited career with the CIA. He plays twice a week on the Fairfax County Men’s Ice Hockey team while also preparing for his first Amateur Bodybuilding competition later this spring.


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