Nature of Scholarships

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is pleased to announce the National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA) Thirty-Fourth Annual RADM Fred Lewis Postgraduate Scholarships and Seventh Annual Leonard P. Gollobin Postgraduate Scholarship. These awards are offered at a Masters level in the amount $5,000 and at a Doctoral level in the amount of $10,000. If suitable candidates for one level are not identified, funds may be combined to provide two awards at the same level of study.

The scholarship recipient(s) will attend I/ITSEC 2023 (27 November – 1 December 2023) at the expense of NTSA, where they will be recognized; view the latest in simulation, training, and education technologies; and meet leading figures from government, industry, and academia associated with this community.

RADM Fred Lewis I/ITSEC Postgraduate Scholarship

The Annual RADM Fred Lewis I/ITSEC Postgraduate Scholarships are being offered to stimulate student interest and university participation in preparing individuals for leadership in the Modeling & Simulation, Training, and Education communities. RADM Fred Lewis served as the NTSA President from 1995 – 2012 and initiated important core programs to identify and credential a professional workforce and established educational programs to stimulate interest in M&S careers at all grade levels. RADM Lewis knew by investing in our future workforce, these scholarships will encourage expansion of the I/ITSEC community and promote innovation through direct investment in our community’s future leaders.

Leonard P. Gollobin Postgraduate Scholarship

The Annual Leonard P. Gollobin Postgraduate Scholarship programwas generously bequeathed by Mr. Gollobin to direct students developing their technical talents into the defense industry. Throughout his career, Mr. Gollobin led scientific initiatives that improved our defense systems and strategically shaped our military capabilities. NTSA administers this scholarship with the intent to provide financial support for those seeking advanced degrees and a path to leverage their commitment to strengthen our nation's security.

Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP) Postgraduate Scholarship

The National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA) manages the Annual Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP) Postgraduate Scholarship, implemented in 2022, at the Masters level in the amount of $5,000. The Certified Modeling & Simulation Professional (CMSP) certification program was created in 2002 to provide the Modeling & Simulation (M&S) industry with its own professional certification that remains valid for four years before recertification is required. The CMSP designation recognizes professionals with extensive experience and expertise in M&S. For more information about the CMSP program, visit

Barbara McDaniel Undergraduate Scholarship

NTSA manages the Annual Barbara McDaniel Undergraduate Scholarship program, implemented in 2019. The scholarship does not follow the postgraduate scholarship submission process. The NTSA scholarship committee pre-selects three academic institutions and those three institutions select up to two students for a combined award of $10,000. Barbara began her career as an educator prior to joining NTSA in 1993, as such these awards honor her life-long passion in the education of our youth. NTSA understands the importance of students pursuing Modeling & Simulation degrees and how vital it is to the modeling, simulation, and training (MS&T) industry. These scholarship awards will keep the MS&T workforce pipeline filled, starting at the Undergraduate level.


The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and successfully complete undergraduate studies by the end of Spring Term 2024. The applicant also must be enrolled or accepted for a full-time masters or doctoral program at a U.S. Institution in any of the following disciplines:

  • Engineering (Modeling, Simulation, and/or Training Related; Systems Engineering)
  • Operations Research/Systems Analysis/Mathematics
  • Distance Learning Methodologies
  • Human Factors (Psychology or Engineering)
  • Instructional Design and Training Methodology
  • Computer Science and/or Information Sciences

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must have a stated interest and career goal in the Modeling & Simulation, Training, and/or Education Industry.
  • The award will be based on student merit as determined from the submitted application documents (see below).

Condition of Award

  • The scholarship must be used for education expenses (tuition, books, fees, room and board) and is subject to the established procedures/policies of the applicant's institution.
  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time at the time of being awarded the scholarship.
  • Applicant must be available to attend I/ITSEC.
  • If the successful applicant terminates their graduate studies and there are remaining funds, the institution will retain such funds for award to another student of their choice following the above eligibility guidelines.
  • The successful applicant will prepare an abstract and, if approved, a paper to be presented at I/ITSEC in the respective area of study one year after completion of the degree program or within three years of scholarship receipt, whichever occurs first.
  • Those awarded the CMSP Scholarship must complete the CMSP exam within six (6) years.
  • Graduate students who are fully funded with other scholarships or grants are not eligible to receive NTSA funds. 
  • Graduate students who are partially funded are eligible to receive NTSA funds on a case by case basis.

Selection Panel/Scholarship Administration

A panel consisting of individuals from the academia and past and I/ITSEC chairs will determine the selection. Administration of the scholarship program will reside with the NTSA, an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

How to Apply

  • Statement of how the scholarship will aid student in career pursuit (not more than 500 words). The synopsis must include a description on how the scholarship fits into the applicant's planned career in the Modeling, Simulation, Training or Education field.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (copy of Birth Certificate, Social Security, or Passport).
  • Personal resume to include positions, outstanding awards, publications (if any) and leadership capabilities. Ensure that contact information (i.e. mailing address, phone, and e-mail) is included.
  • Undergraduate transcript.
  • Graduate transcript (if applicable). Official transcripts preferred.
  • Recommendations from major advisor and one professor from the aforementioned disciplines.

*Please combine multiple documents into one file per field, i.e. if you have multiple transcripts or letters of recommendation, upload as one file.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 23 June 2023 – submission site now closed
  • Award Announcement: 4 August 2023
  • Funds Available: Fall Term 2023
Past Recipients
  Highlights from Past Recipients

Scholarship Committee Chair

Janet Spruill
Aptima, Inc.

Direct further inquiries to:

Reneé Despot
Associate Director, NTSA Operations
Phone: (703) 247-9490