CORRECTING and REPLACING BAE Systems Launches New FIRST Robotics Scholarship and Internship Program for High School Seniors to Inspire Future Engineers

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BAE Systems FIRST® Robotics Scholarship and Internship Program supports the development of students and invests in them as they pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). (Photo: BAE Systems, Inc.)

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BAE Systems will sponsor a new, nation-wide annual scholarship and
internship program to enhance opportunities for high school seniors that
plan to seek a career in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM). The BAE Systems FIRST® Robotics
Scholarship and Internship Program will grant a total of $40,000
in scholarships to eight students that are pursuing an undergraduate
degree in a technology or engineering field. As part of the scholarship,
students will also be awarded a paid summer internship at BAE Systems.

“Our involvement with FIRST enables us to recruit high-potential
students that pursue STEM degrees and careers,” said Lisa Aucoin, vice
president of engineering at BAE Systems. “The scholarship program allows
us to invest in these students, not only monetarily, but also through
the internship experience, creating a vital talent pipeline for our

Traditional scholarship programs provide funding to new students each
year and are often in the form of a single grant. The BAE Systems FIRST
Scholarship Program grants $5,000 scholarships to new students each
year, but breaks the funds into increments that span the course of four
years. This unique format allows BAE Systems to support the development
of the students and invest in their education each year as they work
toward a degree.

The program also supports students outside of the classroom, as each
scholarship includes a paid internship at the company. The three-month
summer internship offers hands-on experience to work on projects and
programs with a leading technology company.

“BAE Systems continues to help inspire the next generation of our
nation’s scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians with its
support of FIRST,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. “This
scholarship program only builds on that support, as it will open doors
for young people to develop the skills they need to be innovators,
leaders, and creative problem solvers to make the world a better place.”

The scholarships are awarded annually in May to those that have been on
a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge team
sponsored by the company’s Electronic Systems sector within the past two
years. The participants are selected in geographical areas where
BAE Systems has a significant presence: Nashua, New Hampshire;
Burlington, Massachusetts; Endicott, New York; San Diego, California;
Totowa, New Jersey; Greenlawn, New York; Manassas, Virginia; Fort Wayne,
Indiana; and Austin, Texas, and will be administered by Scholarship

The launch of the BAE Systems FIRST Scholarship Program marks the
50-year anniversary of the historic first lunar landing. Much like this
historic moment, the company hopes its support will inspire a new
generation to dream up the next giant leap in space discovery. This
commitment helps pave the way for students to learn how to invent, work
together, and engineer – all skills used to innovate for a better

The BAE Systems FIRST Scholarship Program is the latest in a long line
of company support for FIRST, which began more than 25 years ago. Since
then, the company has donated more than $9 million to FIRST teams and
events and it sponsors over 160 teams across the country. BAE Systems
also works with FIRST to help fuel its talent pipeline, as more than 30
percent of its college new hires have experience with the organization.

FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – is a
national organization that has a mission to inspire young people’s
interest and participation in science and technology. Founded in 1989,
the organization designs mentor-based research and robotics programs
that help to build skills in the science, technology, engineering, and
math disciplines.

Students interested in a scholarship can apply
or learn more online.

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