The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation announced the 12 winners of its 2018 undergraduate scholarships.
Through its Foundation and supported by nearly 30,000 members, AIAA awards academic scholarships and STEM educational grants to support the next generation of aerospace professionals.
The 2018 winners are:
The $10,000 Daedalus 88 Scholarship, endowed by current AIAA President John Langford, CEO & President, Aurora Flight Sciences, was presented to Samuel Zorek, Rice University, Houston, Texas.
The $10,000 David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship, named for and endowed by former AIAA President David Thompson, retired chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Orbital ATK, Dulles, Virginia, and his wife Catherine, was presented to Destiny Fawley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois.
The $5,000 Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering, named for and endowed by former AIAA President Lt. Gen. George Muellner, U.S. Air Force (retired) and president of advanced systems for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (retired), and his wife Vicki, was presented to Connor Bray, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado.
The $5,000 Wernher von Braun Scholarship, named in honor of the German rocketeer and founder of the U.S. space program, was presented to Camille Bergin, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee.
The $1,250 Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship, awarded to the Foundation's top female scholarship applicant, was presented to Diana Nguyen, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Six AIAA Foundation scholarships were presented by AIAA Technical Committees (TC) to students performing research in the TC's area:
The Liquid Propulsion TC presented a $2,500 scholarship to Katherine Schneider, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado.
The Space Transportation TC presented a $1,500 scholarship to Gabriel Roper, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona.
The Digital Avionics TC presented four scholarships of $2,000 each:
The Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship was presented to Miguel Recabarren, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona.
The Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship was presented to Bezawit Alemu, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.
The Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship was presented to Rebecca Loiacono, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.
The Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship was presented to EliseAnne Koskelo, Pomona College, Claremont, California.
The AIAA Rocky Mountain Section presented a $500 scholarship to Anastasia Muszynski, University of Colorado - Boulder, Boulder, Colorado.
Please visit the AIAA Foundation's Scholarship and Graduate Awards section for more information.
About the AIAA Foundation
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