Scholarship Application

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Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Program.
The application process has now ended.

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Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Challenge

Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship

Lieutenant General Julius Wesley Becton Jr. is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General, former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and education administrator. In recognition of his accomplishment as the first minority to serve as Director of FEMA from 1985-1989, the Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Program was developed to encourage minority participation in the field of emergency management by providing financial assistance, encouragement and support to diverse students who are interested in a career in the field of emergency management. More diversity in students entering the field of emergency management will produce more diversity in leadership, organizational representation, and equitable policy development, which will help build stronger and more resilient communities

Lieutenant General Julius Wesley Becton Jr. is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General, former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and education administrator. In recognition of his accomplishment as the first minority to serve as Director of FEMA from 1985-1989, the Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Program was developed to encourage minority participation in the field of emergency management by providing financial assistance, encouragement and support to diverse students who are interested in a career in the field of emergency management. More diversity in students entering the field of emergency management will produce more diversity in leadership, organizational representation, and equitable policy development, which will help build stronger and more resilient communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen?

Yes

If I am in a related field, do I still have to have a disaster-related focus?

Yes. As most Emergency Management or Homeland Security programs are housed under the acceptable fields of study, each applicant must demonstrate a clear emergency management or homeland security-related focus for consideration.

Do I need to send an official transcript?

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for application purposes. Selected applicants will be required to provide official transcripts upon notification. 

Can the scholarship be used towards living or school-related expenses?

No. The scholarship must be used for tuition-related costs and fees. 

Contact Us

For more information, or if you have any addition questions, please email us at  info@i-diem.org.

About This Scholarship 

The Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship will be presented to diverse students in emergency management or homeland security related fields of study at the associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral level of study. Acceptable fields of study include emergency management, homeland security, sociology, geography, geology, public health, public policy, environmental science, public administration, public policy, engineering, urban planning, or related fields. Eligible students will be awarded up to $5,000.00 towards tuition-related expenses for the academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen?

Yes

If I am in a related field, do I still have to have a disaster-related focus?

Yes. As most Emergency Management or Homeland Security programs are housed under the acceptable fields of study, each applicant must demonstrate a clear emergency management or homeland security-related focus for consideration.

Do I need to send an official transcript?

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for application purposes. Selected applicants will be required to provide official transcripts upon notification. 

Can the scholarship be used towards living or school-related expenses?

No. The scholarship must be used for tuition-related costs and fees. 

Contact Us

For more information, or if you have any addition questions, please email us at  info@i-diem.org.

Eligibility

Qualified candidates should:

• Be a part-time (minimum 6 credit hours), or full-time student (9 or more credit hours)

•  Be enrolled in an emergency management or homeland security-related field of study

 Have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher

•  Display interest in improving disaster outcomes for underserved and/or marginalized populations


How to Apply

Eligible students must submit an online application including the following information through our Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Program application portal by 11:59 pm EST on June 23, 2023.

 Academic Transcript

•  Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (1 Academic; 1 Personal)

 CV/Resume

•  Video Prompt (1-minute)

   Topic: What is your career goal in emergency management and how does this scholarship help you achieve your aspirations?

•  Essay (Max 250 Words)

  Topic: How do you plan on improving disaster outcomes for underserved and/or marginalized populations through your current or future work?

The application process has now ended.

Stay tuned for information about the 2024 scholarship opportunity.

Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Program 

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) is a global non-profit established to facilitate change by integrating into all aspects of emergency management. Our focus is on humanity and our vision support the empowerment of marginalized communities within all phases of the disaster management. Among our eight goals, emphasis is placed on promoting, supporting and disseminating research regarding diversity and inclusion in emergency management, increasing the number of women and people color within the emergency management profession, and diversifying participation in the resilience and emergency management enterprise.

Congratulations to the 2023 Scholarship Award Winners

Tamara Doss

Qwantaria Russell

Lillian Evasew

AWARD WINNING VIDEO, MUTED: CLIMATE MARGINALIZATION IN AMERICA

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