Museum hands out $45,000 in scholarships

The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s mission statement is to inspire young people to tackle the challenges of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics academic disciplines and to make a difference in the world through an innovative, adventurous spirit. To further this goal, the museum and Convair Alumni Association has selected 12 students in the San Diego region to receive $45,000 in scholarships.

The scholarships are given annually on behalf of three museum-administered scholarship funds: Bill Gibbs, R.A. “Ken” Rearwin and the Convair Alumni Association. To date, 229 San Diego students have been awarded $627,500.

Awarded the Bill Gibbs Scholarship were (left to right): Kelsey Belmont, Daniel Fugett, and Courtney Hesse

“I’m very proud there are many students studying math and science,” said Donna Lilly, president of the Endowment Board at the museum. “The U.S. really needs to keep up with the global market for math and science in the field of technology.”

Bill Gibbs Endowment Scholars 2012:

  • Daniel Fugett, San Dieguito High School Academy
  • Sojung An, Cathedral Catholic High School
  • Courtney Hesse, Canyon Crest Academy
  • Kelsey Belmont, Grossmont High School

R.A. Rearwin Endowment Scholars 2012:

  • Brian Pham, Rancho Buena Vista High School
  • Joseph Diamond, Point Loma High School

Convair Alumni Association Endowment Scholars 2012:

  • Elizabeth Hartmeier, Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  • Julie Medenwald, Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  • Daniel Roberts, Grossmont High School
  • Anna Schwab, Poway High School
  • Watcharapong Sangsuwan, Mar Vista High School
  • Mark Traganza, Francis Parker High School

Each of the scholars submitted an extensive application listing academic achievement, extracurricular and/or community service activities, teacher recommendations, and an essay. They then were interviewed by a panel of judges to determine the final winners.

The scholarship award ceremony was held Wednesday, June 6, at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Rearwin Gallery.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California’s official air and space museum and education center. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Now on display is “How Things Fly,” a special exhibition that examines the wonder of flight through four fun and interactive zones.

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