Homeland Security Student Receives INSF Scholarship

Trishi Malhotra
September 11, 2021

"As a little girl, I witnessed innocent people, including family, become victims of trauma, injuries and loss due to unabated violence. This early confrontation with war imparted upon me a special and profound appreciation for the security and freedom afforded to Americans," recounts Trishi Malhotra.

Ms. Malhotra, a master’s student in homeland security, will speak at the upcoming INSA’s William Oliver Baker Award Dinner, sharing her personal story that ignited her passion to pursue a career in national security.

She will receive the Investing in the Future of the IC Workforce Scholarship Graduate - Diversity, worth $5,000. The Intelligence and National Security Foundation (INSF), the philanthropic arm of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, selected scholarship recipients based on academic performance, leadership and commitment to the national security mission.

She is one of only four scholarship recipients selected this year out of a competitive pool of 70 applicants. She has an impressive academic record, including a 4.0 GPA, but it is her life story that truly sets her apart. She spent part of her childhood in India until terrorism fears prompted her family to move to the United States.

“We are so excited for Trishi and congratulate her on receiving this scholarship. Her story is inspiring. She exemplifies commitment to mission and service, and it is great to see her pursue a career in homeland security,” said Elaine Lammert, program director for the Homeland Security master’s degree program.

Now, as an adult and Indian American, she assists human trafficking victim service agencies in the State of Georgia. She has an undergraduate degree in political science.

She decided to pursue her graduate degree in homeland security in the hopes of eventually being able to help safeguard citizens from national and international terrorism threats.