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AI Innovators Undergraduate Scholarship

Funded by
2 winners, $1,000 each
Application Deadline
Dec 15, 2023
Winners Announced
Jan 15, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
Field of Study:

The AI Innovators Undergraduate Scholarship is an award intended to support and encourage talented undergraduate students who are pursuing studies in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

Established in 2023, the scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, strong leadership potential, and a deep passion for AI and its potential for transforming the future.

This scholarship seeks to support students who are pursuing higher education and careers in the artificial intelligence industry.

Any undergraduate student pursuing studies in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, answer each of the questions below in 500 words or less.

Selection Criteria:
Academic achievements, Quality of AI Project or Research, Personal Statement
Published May 16, 2023
Essay Topic

Max 500 words each:

1. Write a personal statement discussing your interest in AI, past experiences (academic or otherwise) with AI, and post-graduation aspirations.

2. Submit a description of an AI-related project or research that you have worked on, including the problem tackled, the AI technologies used, the process, the outcome, and the impact of the project.

500–1000 words

Winning Applications

Grace Magny-Fokam
University of Maryland-College ParkCollege Park, MD
Derek Martinez
Purdue University-Main CampusRed Oak, TX
From the moment I enrolled in my first engineering course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, I was captivated by the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI). My fascination was not just academic; it was a realization that AI could be the key to solving some of the most challenging problems in sectors like aerospace and defense. I was particularly drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of AI, where engineering, computer science, and ethics intersect. My coursework, including advanced classes like "Neural Networks" and "Natural Language Processing," provided me with a strong theoretical foundation that has been invaluable in my current role. Beyond the classroom, I engaged in research projects and extracurricular activities that allowed me to apply theoretical concepts in practical settings, further solidifying my passion for AI. Currently, I have the privilege of being an intern at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where I am part of a multidisciplinary team led by Lieutenant Colonel Shields. This internship has been a transformative experience, exposing me to the rigors and demands of a fast-paced, high-stakes environment. I've had the opportunity to attend briefings, contribute to strategic discussions, and even present my findings to senior officials. Our team is tasked with an ambitious and critical mission: to leverage AI and Machine Learning (ML) to innovate intelligence production. The scope of our project is expansive, covering everything from data collection and preprocessing to model training and validation. Each team member brings a unique set of skills, and we've developed a collaborative culture that encourages open dialogue and creative problem-solving. The internship has also provided me with a unique perspective on the operational challenges and ethical dilemmas that professionals in this field often face, enriching my understanding of the complexities of intelligence work. While the sensitive nature of our work restricts me from sharing specific details, I can say that our project aims to significantly enhance the efficiency and accuracy of intelligence production. This involves a multi-tiered approach that includes automating routine tasks, enhancing data analytics capabilities, and developing predictive models for threat assessment. Our work is guided by a strong ethical framework, ensuring that the technologies we develop are used responsibly. The project has also allowed me to delve into areas like Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Threat Intelligence Platforms (TIPs), broadening my skill set and making me a more versatile asset to the team. Our project is a collaborative initiative that involves strategic partnerships with intelligence analysts from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM). These collaborations have led to joint workshops, cross-training sessions, and knowledge-sharing platforms that have been mutually beneficial. We've also engaged with academic researchers and industry experts to ensure that our methodologies are grounded in the latest scientific advancements. These partnerships have not only enriched our project but have also provided me with invaluable networking opportunities, opening doors for future collaborations and research endeavors. As I look toward the future, my educational and career aspirations extend beyond my undergraduate studies. I am particularly interested in the emerging fields of quantum computing and AI ethics, and I plan to incorporate these subjects into my graduate studies. I am also considering internships and research opportunities that will allow me to apply my skills in new and challenging contexts. My long-term goal is to lead AI projects that have a meaningful impact on society, particularly in areas like national security, data privacy, and ethical AI. The work I am currently involved in at the DIA serves as a testament to my commitment to harnessing AI to solve complex, real-world problems, especially in the realm of national security. I have also been actively involved in AI communities, attending conferences, and participating in hackathons. These experiences have expanded my network and provided me with a broader perspective on the global AI landscape. I've had the opportunity to interact with leading experts in the field, gaining insights that have shaped my academic and career goals. I am inspired by the pioneers in this field and am eager to contribute my innovations. Winning the AI Innovators Undergraduate Scholarship would not only be a personal achievement but also an enabler, allowing me to further my studies and make meaningful contributions to a field that has the potential to redefine our world. The scholarship would provide me with the financial freedom to focus on my research and academic pursuits, enabling me to reach my full potential as a future leader in AI. It would also give me the resources to engage in more advanced research projects, attend international conferences, and collaborate with experts across the globe.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 15, 2023. Winners will be announced on Jan 15, 2024.

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