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    AIAA Foundation Presents Undergraduate Scholarships
    Eleven Undergraduates Receive $2,500 Scholarships for 2013–2014 Academic Year

    June 19, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the AIAA Foundation (AIAAF) have selected undergraduate scholarship awardees for the 2013–2014 academic year. Each scholarship was in the amount of $2,500.

    The AIAA Foundation presented three Orville and Wilbur Wright Scholarships. The winners are:

    • Braden Hancock, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

    • Jaime Katzer,University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

    • Brookelynn Russey, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

    The AIAA Foundation presented the David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship to:

    • Nicolas Spoentgen, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

    The AIAA Foundation presented the Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship to the Foundation’s top female scholarship applicant. The winner is:

    • Jaqueline Thomas, University of California, Irvine, Calif.

    Five AIAA Foundation undergraduate scholarships were presented by AIAA Technical Committees:

    • The Space Transportation Technical Committee presented a scholarship to Callie Sher, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

    The Digital Avionics Technical Committee presented four scholarships:

    • Miles Bengston, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla., received the Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship.

    • Caleb Boe, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, received the Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship.

    • Michael Roznick, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz., received the Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship.

    • Michael Portman, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., received the Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship.

    The Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee presented a scholarship to Arth Pande, Embry Riddle Aeronautic Institute, Daytona Beach, Fla.

    For more information on the AIAA Foundation Scholarship Program, please contact Steven Brock at 703.264.7536 or

    MEDIA CONTACT: DUANE HYLAND, 703.264.7558,

    The AIAA Foundation seeks to “make it exciting, make it empowering, and make it fun.” That simple, compelling philosophy drives the Foundation’s commitment to math, science, and technology education. The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators from K–12 through the university level: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences, improving scientific literacy and advancing the arts and sciences of aerospace. For more information on the AIAA Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and professionals, please visit



    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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