Bowman Scholar Program
Each year, a small group of Naval Academy midshipmen second-class (juniors), who are seeking initial service assignments in the nuclear Navy, may be offered the opportunity to compete for appointments as Admiral Frank Bowman Scholars. Prior to selection as a Bowman Scholar, candidates will be interviewed for the Navy's nuclear power training pipeline by the Director, Naval Reactors. If selected for nuclear power training and subsequently selected as a Bowman Scholar, the Scholar will participate in a tailored research internship during one of the summer training blocks preceding first-class year and will participate in a special research-based learning opportunity during their last year as a midshipman. During the first year of commissioned service after graduation from the Academy, Bowman Scholars will likely be offered immediate, one-year graduate education experiences at the Naval Postgraduate School, resulting in a masters degree in a technical discipline. Midshipmen appointed as Bowman Scholars will be awarded (in second-class year) any incentive monetary bonus associated with the Scholar's acceptance into the nuclear power training pipeline.
Therefore, the Bowman Scholar Program has four components:
research project + summer internship + graduate education + early selection in the Nuclear Navy
Ideally, there will be about twenty to twenty-five Bowman Scholar appointments per year, however, the actual number of appointees for a given academic year will be dependent upon the number of applicants among the second-class midshipmen, the quality of the applications and the available funding resources.