National Geospatial Intelligence Agency awarded $540,000 to North Carolina Central University (Dr. Gordana Vlahovic, PI) and Fayetteville State University (Dr. Rakesh Malhotra, co-PI) to development of a bridge between FSU undergraduate and NCCU graduate programs, with the common focus on recruiting and educating a diverse future geospatial intelligence workforce. Undergraduate FSU students majoring in Computer Science, Geography, and Intelligence Studies will be recruited and prepared to enter graduate school in one of the NCCU science Master’s programs that are in demand in geospatial intelligence community - Earth Science, Computer Information Science or Physics. During the four years of the program students will be mentored by NCCU and FSU faculty and paired with NCCU graduate students who will provide peer support and serve as much needed role models. NCCU graduate faculty and students will frequently visit the FSU campus to share research and other opportunities, while FSU students will visit the NCCU campus to attend the Annual Research Symposiums. All students will be encouraged to participate in a summer internship/work programs at external partners such as NGA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), L-3 Communications, and Booze Allen Hamilton.