Northrop Grumman recently announced winners of its eighth annual Engineering Scholars program, which will provide college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the greater San Fernando Valley community who are interested in studying engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics.
During an awards reception hosted by Northrop Grumman’s Woodland Hills, Calif., facility May 21, Huong (Kimberly) Au of Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard and Andy Wang of Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park each received the merit-based scholarship of $10,000 for their excellent academic achievements and community involvement. The $10,000 scholarships are payable in $2,500 installments over four years.
“Northrop Grumman is proud to support these promising students as they pursue engineering-related careers,” said Steve Toner, vice president and Woodland Hills campus lead executive, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. “These students set an excellent example through their schoolwork as well as extracurricular activities and community service.”
Au was president of her school’s Key Club, which builds leadership skills through service to others, as well as a varsity member of the school’s track and field team. She plans to pursue a computer engineering degree at the University of California, San Diego.
Wang was president of his school’s computer science club, a volunteer at a local homeless shelter and a member of the varsity swim team. He plans to pursue a degree in computer science and a minor in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program aims to support promising high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in an engineering-related field. Candidates must plan to attend an accredited college or university school of engineering as a full-time student in an approved engineering program. The funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board, and lab fees.
A committee of Northrop Grumman employees selected the Engineering Scholars winners. To be eligible, each scholarship applicant had to be a graduating senior this spring from a public or accredited private high school in Los Angeles or Ventura counties. Applicants also had to have a minimum composite SAT score of 1,700 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5. Recipients of any other Northrop Grumman-sponsored scholarship were not eligible. The committee also took into consideration work experience, community involvement and extracurricular activities.