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The Mullen Initiative

Pallas Foundation is proud to operate the Mullen Initiative, in partnership with Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), which will begin with a series of scholarship programs designed to foster the professional development of emerging leaders in national security from traditionally underrepresented groups. 

Each year, the Mullen Initiative will provide scholarships to students at partner schools, with an emphasis on programs that have been historically underrepresented in national security such as community colleges, HBCUs, and Hispanic Serving Institutions. At these partner institutions, students who are pursuing degrees and career opportunities in national security and related fields will be eligible for scholarships. In addition to receiving scholarship funds, recipients will also be invited to leadership development events coordinated by the Pallas Foundation.


Interested in learning more about the Mullen Initiative? Please view the press release announcing our pilot initiative in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College here, and watch this space for updates.

Meet Admiral Mullen
Admiral Michael G. Mullen
U.S. Navy (Retired)
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations from 2005 to 2007 and as the 17th Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff for Presidents Bush and Obama from 2007 to 2011. He led the military during a critical time of change and transition and was deeply involved in mentoring and promoting officers from diverse backgrounds to help them achieve the highest ranks in the military.

Admiral Mullen, USN (Ret.) advanced the rapid fielding of innovative technologies, championed emerging and enduring global partnerships, and promoted new methods for countering terrorism. He spearheaded the elimination of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, creating space for the open service of gay and lesbian men and women for the first time in history.

Admiral Mullen, USN (Ret.) is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, a Distinguished Alumni of Harvard Business School, a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and served as a Trustee at Caltech. Since his retirement from the United States Navy in November 2011 after 43 years of honorable service, Admiral Mullen, USN (Ret.) joined the corporate boards of General Motors from 2013 to 2018 and Sprint from 2013 to 2019. He continues to serve on numerous boards, to include Bloomberg Philanthropies, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, Harvard Business School, and a wide array of nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the growth, development, recovery, and transition of military veterans and their families.

Additionally, he taught National Security Decision-Making and Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2012 to 2018 and continues to teach advanced ethics and leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Our Partners
Our Partners

Our first institutional partner is Anne Arundel Community College, in Arnold, MD.

Students who are pursuing degrees in Homeland Security Management, Homeland Security Management – Transportation and Border Security, or Homeland Security Management – Intelligence Analytics will be eligible for the scholarship. Students interested in applying for scholarships at AACC should visit​

For more information, see our press release.


Our second institutional partner is Morgan State University, in Baltimore, MD.

The Pallas Foundation created a scholarship program for students participating in Morgan State University’s (MSU) Center for Equitable AI & Machine Learning Systems, to foster the development of emerging leaders at the center of responsible and sustainable artificial intelligence.


Students interested in applying for scholarships at MSU should visit

For more information, see our press release.


Our third institutional partner is North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, in Greensboro, NC.

The Pallas Foundation is proud to introduce an innovative scholarship program tailored for students participating in NCAT's Center for Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education, and Outreach. This initiative is designed to cultivate the growth of aspiring leaders within the realm of cybersecurity research.


Students interested in applying for scholarships at NCAT should visit​

For more information, see our press release.

To learn more about the Pallas Foundation for National Security Leadership, please email

Pallas Foundation for National Security Leadership is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the nation's future leaders. 

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