The Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Certificate program at Fayetteville State University (FSU) has awarded stipends to three students for spring 2015. The stipends are funded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and are intended to recognize students who are performing well in the GEOINT Certificate program and to encourage them to continue their education and seek employment opportunities in the Intelligence Community. The stipends are made possible by a grant from NGA that FSU received in 2012.
The recipients are:
- Desiree T. Lipscomb is a senior; originally from Long Beach Ca. Majoring in Geography and Intelligence Studies and is working on her GIS Certificate. Desiree spent 23 years in the U.S. Army retiring in September 2014. She was a UH-60 Blackhawk Mechanic/Crewchief. She was also a Drill Sergeant and her last leadership position prior to retiring was the First Sergeant of a 380 man Maintenance Company in the 82nd Airborne Division. She an OEF veteran and has travel to many parts of the world. Desiree also has an Airframe and Powerplant FAA aircraft mechanic License. She has been attending Fayetteville State University since the fall of 2013. She is expecting to graduate in December 2015.
- Larry Watson is a senior double majoring in Intelligence Studies and Geography. He is currently an Army All Source Intelligence Warrant Officer with 14 years on active duty. Larry is a decorated combat veteran with five combat deployments to include the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Currently, he holds a 3.75 GPA and earned a place on the Chancellor’s list for his academic performance during the spring and fall semesters of 2014. Larry was able to accomplish this while taking a double course load (24 credit hours) and running Cross Country for the University. He is also an active member of Team RWB (Red, White and Blue), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of American veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. He participates by volunteering time, money and participation in athletic events as a member of civilian and veteran mixed teams. Some of these events include the Tough Mudder, Spartan race, the Warrior Dash and short to medium distance runs throughout the Fayetteville and triangle area.
- Aleah Mckinnon-Williams is a senior at Fayetteville State University majoring in Geography and will be graduating this spring. Aleah was born and raised in Fayetteville, N.C. along with her three brothers and one sister. She will be the first in her family to complete a bachelor’s degree. In the future, Aleah would like continue her education and get a master of science in Geographic information system and to utilize her knowledge in GIS and work for either FEMA or ESRI.
FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With nearly 5,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.
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