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Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Challenge

Julius Becton 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

About This Scholarship 

The Lt. Gen. Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship will be presented to minority 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?


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.

Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Award Winners

Wendell Grinton


C. Wendell Grinton Jr. is a Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student in the Disaster Resilience and Risk Management (DRRM) Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University who aspires to utilize his scholarship to improve emergency and disaster public alerts and notifications to lessen the impacts of disasters among underserved communities.

Carmen Reed


Carmen Reed, a PhD student in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, aspires to focus on improving social infrastructures to ensure that underserved and marginalized populations are well-prepared for disasters in advance with emphasis on equitable distribution of resources.

Daniella Plaza


Daniella Plaza, a PhD student in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, aims to focus on comprehensive recovery planning geared towards providing equality and healthy homes to combat environmental disparities.