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Booz Allen Hamilton, a global technology and professional services company, has gifted $30,000 over three years in support of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students interested in intelligence and national security studies and careers in the intelligence field.

“Hawaiʻi is focused on technology adaptation and tech-enabling its workforce, and Booz Allen has supported this vision for years,” said Maurice Anstead, Indo-Pacific lead for the company’s military intelligence and cyber portfolio. “We developed this scholarship to encourage the study of national security or intelligence, paired with tech-enabled intelligence production such as advanced data analytics, data engineering, data science, digital engineering, and programming in various languages.”

The first two Booz Allen scholarship recipients are Department of Political Science graduate student Jason May and undergraduate Annabel Doherty.

“My personal goal is to obtain an MA to assist in my journey of finding a career in national security or national intelligence,” said May. “My interest first started when I wrote a research paper on North Korea’s state ideology. The research focused on how ideology is a central factor in North Korea’s decision-making from smaller, local and domestic policies all the way up to their diplomatic decisions.”

Added Doherty, “My background in community advocacy has taught me the importance of open dialogue and collaboration in solution-building. In a rapidly changing security environment, the need for a collective approach is increasing with both domestic inter-agency relationships and partner nations becoming crucial to maintain a balanced response to diverse security concerns.”

The College of Social Sciences houses the Academy for Hawaiʻi Intelligence Studies (AHI), which hosted a summer cohort of 25 Hawaiʻi high school students in July 2023. They participated in an in-depth look at the fast-growing field of national intelligence, and networked with industry experts from Hawaiʻi-based firms.

AHI’s free four-week course included three weeks of online learning, culminating in a one-week in-person capstone experience on the UH Mānoa campus.

“We are deeply grateful for Booz Allen Hamilton’s generous scholarship gift, which is paving the way for the next generation of leaders in the intelligence field,” said CSS Dean Denise Eby Konan.

Booz Allen provides services and solutions in management, technology, consulting and engineering for the defense, intelligence, civil and commercial sectors.

For more information on the UH Foundation fund, contact Kim Scott, CSS associate director of development, at

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