2023 Scholarship Program

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has nearly six decades of service to the nation as an educational, scientific, engineering, non-profit society of American citizens dedicated to promoting our Nation’s Defense. Accomplishment of our goals requires continuous, high quality, close working relationships among industry, academia, government, and the military services.

The NDIA firmly believes that maintaining strong technological leadership in America is essential to maintaining a strong national defense. In support of this goal, the Picatinny Chapter of the NDIA has established several Scholarship and Awards Programs that are designed to provide financial assistance based on merit to students in pursuit of high technology educational programs. This particular scholarship program is made in honor of Mr. Jim Shields who served the US Army at Picatinny Arsenal for 34 years and finished his service as 2-Star Program Executive Officer for JPEO A&A.


Number of Scholarships to be Awarded

This year the NDIA intends to award two (2-3) scholarships of $10,000 each.


Students must be a graduating high school senior in the school year in which the application is being submitted.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Ability as demonstrated:
    • Transcript
    • SAT Scores
  • Participation in extra curricular activities and awards received while in high school.
  • Counselor and one teacher recommendation.
  • Career Objectives
  • Completion of an essay on the importance of Defense Preparedness for our Country (Approximately 1000 words)


Download Application (PDF)

Deadline Date

May 10, 2023

Applications are to be forwarded to:

NDIA, P.O. Box 528, Wharton, NJ 07885


  • Typewritten statements are preferred when completing this application.
  • Family members of the Evaluation Team and/or Scholarship Corporation Trustees, or prior recipients of Picatinny Chapter Scholarships are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to eligible students without regard to race, creed or national origin.