21 Students will Receive Scholarships to Further their Education in Idaho

Friday, May 21 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho - Twenty-one students have been chosen to become part of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium’s scholarship program beginning in the fall semester of the 2010-11 school year. The students chosen are from four different states, but will all further their education at an institution in the state of Idaho.

The goal of the NASA ISGC’s scholarship program is to identify, recruit and retain students focusing their education on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which align with the goals and primary focus of NASA.

Each student will receive $1,000 to aid them in completing their first year as an undergraduate student in Idaho. The scholarship is renewable for up-to four years and increases by $500 each year. In order for scholars to renew their award, they must complete 20 NASA-related volunteer hours and maintain a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher.

NASA ISGC scholarship award recipients include: From Idaho, Kelsey Benscoter and Taylor Brown of Lewiston; Reilly Clark and Mo Nguyen of Meridian; Elizabeth Clark of Pocatello; Zachary Curtis and Zachary Hernandez Hacker of Potlatch; Wylie Foss, Tyler Towner and James Shawver of Boise; Erik Graff of Blackfoot, Diana Gutierrez Zedano of Salmon; Emily Killpack of Firth; Zoltan Kiss of Rathdrum; Ingrid Kooda of Idaho Falls; Lytia Smith of Greenleaf; and Rosalind Wallace of Caldwell.

Out of state recipients include: Brooke Balough of Lincoln, Neb.; Sarah Dickerson of Clinton, Miss.; and William Edward of Lake Tapps, Wash.

“We are excited to assist these high achievers as they further their education,” said Becky Highfill, Program Coordinator of the NASA ISGC. “Each of the students selected shows great potential to go far within one of the NASA related fields of study. We understand that the importance of furthering education can often times be muted by the high costs of tuition, books and other expenses. We are happy to be able to help ease the financial burden of these students, so that they can focus on their education and their future. The ISGC would like to congratulate each one of the recipients.”
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About the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium

The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium was established in 1991 as part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The ISGC comprises 22 institutions including all colleges and universities in the state, science centers and museums, science organizations, state departments, industry representatives, a state park, and a national monument.

About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

Media Contacts: Becky Highfill, ISGC Program Coordinator, (208) 885-4934, bhighfil@uidaho.edu; or Shandy Lam, ISGC Communications Assistant, (208) 885-6030, nasacomm@uidaho.edu. More information is on the Web: http://isgc.uidaho.edu.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.