Supporting the Future Workforce

June 16, 2022 — Since 2012, the FMA Foundation has awarded the COL Kenneth O. McCreedy Scholarship to deserving Meade High School students for their past achievements and aids them in accomplishing their career goals as they pursue higher education in STEM fields or linguistics. We are pleased to announce Ania Whitmire as this year’s scholarship winner.

Ania’s interest in homeland security and counterintelligence was awakened through the Homeland Security Program at Meade High School. As shared in one of her recommendation letters from a teacher, “She is an outstanding student in all respects. Ania has proven that through hard work, follow through and team-work, she can accomplish tasks in a courteous and timely manner.”

Ania not only passed the high school program, but also received three college credits after completing a course through Meade High School’s partnership with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). As another teacher recommendation stated, “I have seen Ania struggle, prevail and exceed in her academics…She loves to challenge herself as she proved in multiple in-depth analysis of real-world conflicts in Counter Terrorism and Intelligence; Ania will make an excellent student across multiple departments at any university.”

Ania plans to hit the ground running this summer with coursework at AACC to study Homeland Security Management: Intelligence Analytics and complete an associate’s degree. From there, she plans to continue her education at a local campus of University of Maryland or online with University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). Ania aspires to begin her career as an intelligence analyst.

Incidentally, the namesake of Ania’s awarded scholarship also inspired the Homeland Security Program at Meade High School. In Ania’s scholarship application she wrote, “It would be an incredible honor and privilege to receive this award named after Colonel Kenneth O. McCreedy who had such a distinguished career in cybersecurity and intelligence and was so influential in the development of the Homeland Security Program that inspired my career ambitions while in high school.”

Ania, we congratulate you and look forward to cheering you on as your journey unfolds.