Northrop Grumman sends along a photo of the four Long Island high school students who, Wednesday night, were awarded NextGen Engineers Scholarships, a competition sponsored by the company's Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division in Bethpage.
"This program has been in place for six years. We have invested nearly $1 million in the 25 students who have come before them (between the scholarship and paid internships/worth about $30,000 per student). This group is the sixth group of winners," says Dianne Baumert-Moyik, manager of communications and civic affairs for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems division of Battle Management and Engagement Systems.
In the photo, above, pictured from left to right are Matthew Gus, of Hewlett, who is a student at Lynbrook High School; Daniel Bach, of Syosset, who is a student at Syosset High School; Laura D’Aquila of Lloyd Harbor, who is a student at Cold Spring Harbor High School; and Arthur Phidd of Baldwin, who is a student at Baldwin High School.
By the way, Baumert-Moyik adds, Tom Kelly, the father of the Lunar Module, was also a Grumman scholar.
And, she adds, this is a doubly important year for the company: "This year, 2011, is particularly special for us as we are also celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation and Leroy Grumman’s graduation from Huntington High School in 1911."
The winners were selected from among 80 applicants. The competition was open to high school students from the areas where the battle management division has offices – Long Island; Brevard County, Fla.; and Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties in Maryland.
Each scholarship winner will get $10,000 toward a four-year college education -- $2,500 per year, Grumman said.
Northrop Grumman also places each student in internships at a Grumman battle management facility for three summers during the four-year college program, the company said.