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Eighteen Hampton University students majoring in computer science,  computer engineering, chemical engineering, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, economics,  mathematics, and finance won a total of $400,000 in scholarship support recently.

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Funding for these scholarships was made possible by a grant from the New York Life Foundation, the charitable arm of New York Life. The awards are for the fall 2022 academic school year.

“We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s commitment to Hampton University and its students,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, outgoing Hampton University President. “This scholarship funding from New York Life champions one of the university’s highest priorities and buttresses our effort to increase financial assistance for deserving students.”

At Tuskegee University, a pair of aerospace science engineering students received two $10,000 scholarships from The Wings Club Foundation. The foundation supports outstanding students for future studies and careers in aviation, aeronautics, and astronautics.

In addition to the scholarship, the foundation fosters the advancement and development of the aviation and aerospace workforce so that it is better represented and equipped to tackle future challenges.

“I am proud that the aerospace science engineering program at Tuskegee University and the academic strength of the students of the program are recognized by the Wings Club through the award of scholarships,” noted Mohammad Javed Khan, professor and head of the Department of Aerospace Science Engineering.

The Wings Club Foundation comprises more than 1,200 members, including aerospace industry leaders, pilots, professionals in related service organizations, and aviation students.

AT&T has continued its investment in Grambling State University with a $25,000 contribution to the Grambling University Foundation Inc., for scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The funds will be awarded to 25 students for one year, with priority consideration given to merit students with financial needs.

“Donations, like AT&T has made toward STEM scholarships, reduce the financial burdens some of our students would have to face,” said Melanie E. Jones, vice president for advancement, research, and economic Development at GSU. “We are proud of our partnership with AT&T because they realize that we are a strong brand with high-quality academic programs and we’re producing graduates who are becoming true game-changers in their fields and careers.”

Jones, who took up the position in January, is not only propelling the Grambling University Foundation to higher heights, but she also reinstated the university’s Golden Graduates celebration. According to the historically Black college, while more than 400 degrees were conferred during Grambling State University’s commencement ceremonies, it was sixty-one GSU alumni who might have had the biggest time of all as they returned to campus from the classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972.

During her trailblazing career, Jones has served as vice president for institutional advancement at Allen University, an HBCU in Columbia, South Carolina; director of development and external affairs at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina; program manager at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and as a high school chemistry teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“AT&T is proud to support Grambling State University’s STEM program by providing these funds to support student scholarships in high-demand fields,” said David Aubrey, assistant vice president and state director of external affairs at AT&T. “Since 2014, AT&T and its foundation have provided more than $250,000 to GSU for support of its academic and athletic programs.”

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