The chapter has been awarding scholarships since 1993.  In the last eight years including this year, the Chapter has awarded $136,000 in scholarships to outstanding students – both academically and in the community. This year we awarded one $2000 NDIA scholarship, and one $2000 SGT Paul Fisher scholarship (Click here for award ceremony information), as well as a $2000 STEM scholarship.

NDIA Scholarship Recipient
Academic Year 2017 - 2018

The recipient of the academic year 2017-2018 NDIA scholarship is:

Elizabeth (Liz) Fennelly


Elizabeth (Liz) Fennelly.  She is the daughter of Ann Fennelly and a resident of Davenport, IA.  Liz graduated from Assumption High and, among a few of her activities; she was President of the Student Council and captain of the volleyball and basketball teams. She was also very active in her community including Teens for Tomorrow and the Salvation Army.  She will be attending Iowa State University where she plans to major in dentistry.




SGT Paul Fisher Scholarship Recipient
Academic Year 2017 – 2018

In 2005, the Iowa Illinois Chapter established two scholarships in memory of Sergeant Paul Fisher from Cedar Rapids, IA.  SGT Fisher, a flight engineer with Company F, 106th Aviation, deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The CH-47 Chinook helicopter that he was aboard was shot down by a missile west of Baghdad.  He sustained multiple injuries and later died.

SGT Fisher was a quiet man that believed action spoke louder than words.  He was a man who lived with truth, honor, and respect.  He knew hard work was the key to your own success.  May we always remember the sacrifice he made so that our journey in life can be paved with freedom.

The recipient of the academic year 2017-2018 SGT Paul Fisher scholarship is:

Abigail Tanko


Abigail Tanko.  She is the daughter of Daron and Jeanette Tanko of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Abby is a recent graduate of Xavier High School and will attend Samford University in the Fall of 2017 where she intends to pursue a pre-dentistry program. Abby is a four year varsity cross country runner, 4.1 GPA student, member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society, State speech, honor council, and active in school plays. Her extracurricular activities include lifeguarding at a local country club, church nursery, reading, painting, and drawing.



NDIA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Academic Year 2017 – 2018

Beginning in the 2010-2011 Academic Year, the IA-IL Chapter teamed with the Quad Cities Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) to leverage QCESC's existing scholarship selection/award process for STEM type students. This allowed the Chapter to maintain its existing broad non-curriculum specific scholarship award process while being able to sponsor, through QCESC, a scholarship directly targeted to a student pursuing a STEM career. Promotion and strengthening of STEM in the workforce is considered a National Security issue and a focus area of NDIA.

Bradley Gannon




The recipient this year of the NDIA sponsored STEM scholarship was Bradley Gannon pictured on the left.

Brad plans to major in Aerospace Engineering, and attend Iowa State University. He hopes to design navigation systems for spacecraft and defense aircraft.
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2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients

2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients

2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients

2010-2011 Scholarship Recipients