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Dr. Olivia Hooker Scholarship

The NNOA Dr. Olivia J. Hooker STEM Scholarship

In February 1945, Dr. Olivia J. Hooker became the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard when she enlisted in the Coast Guard’s female military corps, Semper Paratus, Always Ready (SPARs). She was discharged in June 1946 as a Yeoman Second Class and went on to earn a master’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Rochester. In 1963, Dr. Hooker became Associate Professor of Psychology at New York’s Fordham University and served as the Director of Psychology at the Kennedy Child Study Center in the Bronx until her official retirement in 2002. Even after her retirement at the age of 87, she remained active in the community as a consultant in the areas of education and mental health, as a founder of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission (supporting legislative efforts to obtain restitution for ~300 African American victims of the infamous 1921 Black Wall Street Massacre) and as a volunteer
for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and local civic organizations until her passing in November 2018.

Dr Olivia Hooker has had many personal and professional accomplishments throughout her life but her charity and love for humanity were extraordinary. There are boundless stories of lives touched by her work, her outreach across communities and her advocacy for the voiceless and for the forgotten. As a small child, Dr Hooker suffered greatly from the tragic events of the Tulsa Massacre yet went on to serve her country honorably as a Coast Guardsman and later as a psychologist and civil rights activist. To continue Dr Hooker’s legacy of charity and excellence, the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) Dr Olivia J. Hooker STEM Scholarship was created.

This annual program seeks to reward determined persons in the Enlisted Corps who have overcome major challenges in their lives while striving to pursue their educational and professional goals. These individuals are also making significant impacts in the lives of others and in their communities. This is a Chapter wide STEM Program offered to enlisted persons in the Sea Services interested in joining the Officer Corps.

The scholarship program will provide award(s) in the amount of $500 per recipient.

The scholarship is open to enlisted men and women in the sea services who meet the following requirements:

  • Must have, at minimum, a completed high school education or GED by the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Must plan to enroll (or may currently be enrolled) in undergraduate study at an accredited Minority Serving
    Institution (MSI) for the entire 2019-2000 academic year
    • Full time (12+hr) enrollment is not required
    • An acceptance letter or proof of completed application is required
  • Must have attained a cumulative GPA (GPA) of 2.5 or above in high school or in college
  • Must exhibit a strong commitment to helping others in their community
  • Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must intend on pursuing (or currently pursuing) a STEM degree
  • Must provide proof of service
  • In addition to the above, each interested individual must complete a 500-word essay on either of the following:
    • Describe what the word “Charity” means to them; how it applies to their own efforts to improve the lives
      of others and how they envision using their college education to better the communities we live in.
      Answer the question; can excellence exist without charity?
    • Discuss how Dr. Hooker’s life reflects their own upbringing, educational pursuits, challenges and/or
      achievements. In what ways is she an inspiration to their own goals? Or, in what ways is the student a
      trailblazer in their family, or community?

Instructions:  Include the following in your submission 
___A resume of educational and other experiences using standard formatting (Resume must be typed)
___Two letters of reference
___A recent copy of high school or college transcript
___Essay meets designated requirements
___Documented 250 + hours of community service from your high school, college or community representative with
explanations of what services, duties, activities were performed by you. Military volunteer awards with detailed
information can also meet this requirement.
I plan to attend (or currently attending) the following college and/or university in Fall 2019
1st Choice ___________________________
2nd Choice ___________________________

Mailing Instructions

All applications must be sent or postmarked by May 30th They can be emailed (PDF) to shameen1976@yahoo.com,
submitted online or mail to:

The NNOA Dr. Olivia J. Hooker STEM Scholarship Committee
16107 Drayton Farm Drive
Spencerville, MD 20868

Click to donate for the Dr. Olivia Hooker Scholarship.

Retirement Ceremony for CAPT Robert Dews, Jr., USN – May 3, 2019

Retirement Ceremony for CAPT Robert Dews, Jr., USN – May 3, 2019

Greetings All,

On Friday, May 3, 2019, longtime NNOA member and DCNNOA member CAPT Robert A. Dews, Jr. USN held his Retirement Ceremony at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. CAPT Dews was born in Washington, DC and raised in Capitol Heights, Maryland. He attended Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology Magna Cum Laude in 1988. He received his commission as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer after completing Aviation Officers Candidate School (ACOS) in Pensacola, Florida in May 1989. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from New Hampshire College and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). CAPT Dews is also a graduate of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS and the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA and is a Joint Qualified Officer. CAPT Dews served 30 years in the Navy in a variety of sea and shore assignments. At sea, his assignments included: Maintenance Material Control Officer, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).

Captain Dews previous shore assignments included: Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico where he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Division Officer and Quality Assurance Officer from September 1989 to August 1991. Commanding Officer of the Oklahoma City Military Entrance Processing Station from November 2001 to March 2004. Lead Analyst in the Office of the Deputy Assistant, Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment) in support of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure. In 2005 he served as Executive Officer and subsequently served as Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Dallas from June 2007 to January 2009. From March 2009 through February 2012 he served as Officer in Charge of the Navy’s recruiting training center, the Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit at NAS Pensacola. From April 2012 to July 2013 he served as the Director of Personal and Family Readiness (OPNAV N135F). CAPT Dews later served as the Deputy Director for Diversity for the Navy Recruiting Command from August 2013 to February 2014 and as the Director of Operations (N3) of the Navy Recruiting Command from March 2014 to August 2015. In August 2015 CAPT Dews reported to his current and final Navy assignment as the Director of Safety for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

CAPT Dews achieved a number of significant accomplishments during his career which included VFA-136 Maintenance Officer of the Year in 1993 and Officer of the Year Award for NAS Patuxent River in 1996. His military decorations include the following: Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) as well as various campaign and service awards.

The Guest Speaker for CAPT Dews Retirement Ceremony was Admiral Craig S. Faller, USN Commander, United States Southern Command. The Master of Ceremony was CAPT Donald Kennedy, USN. Dignitaries in attendance included RADM (Retired) Sinclair Harris, USN and Current President of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA), RADM (Retired) Julius Caesar, USN, former NNOA National Presidents CAPT (Retired) Bernard Jackson, USN, CAPT (Retired) Anthony P. Barnes, USN and Colonel (Retired) Robert Clements, USMC. CAPT Dews was also presented with an award from the Annapolis Chapter of his fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. CAPT Dews was joined in the ceremony by his wife, daughter, son, Mother, sister and numerous other family members and friends.

As in true Navy tradition the ceremony was “superb”! “Best Wishes” are forwarded to CAPT Dews and his family for 30 years of distinguished service to this nation and the United States Navy from all his friends and colleagues within the National Naval Officers Association!

NAVSEA is hiring at Sea-Air-Space

NAVSEA is hiring at Sea-Air-Space! Help grow The Force Behind the Fleet by sharing this great opportunity with your colleagues from across the DoD, the Federal government, and industry!

NAVSEA Human Resource Personnel will be on-site at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center National Harbor in the Maryland Conference Room meeting with potential applicants on Monday, May 6 from 0900-1700 and again on Tuesday May 7 from 0900-1600 to fill 200 vacancies in the following areas – General Engineering, Engineering Technicians, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Program Management, Management and Program Analysis, Financial Administration, Health Physics, and Operations Research.

Applicants can either bring their resumes with them or submit one online at:

Interviews may be conducted on site with qualified applicants.

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