Two Virginia Students Awarded Prestigious Micron Scholarship -- Each Receives $25,000.
BOISE, Idaho & MANASSAS, Va. -- The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., announced today Virginia high school seniors Richard Alt II and Sappho Gilbert will each receive a $25,000 scholarship as a part of the Micron Science and Technology Scholars program. The program is designed to recognize and reward students who exhibit superior academic and leadership skills and to encourage their pursuit of careers in high technology. Micron will honor Alt of Stafford Senior High School and Gilbert of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology during a mentoring day at its headquarters and an awards banquet in June with Micron COO Mark Durcan and other company and Foundation leaders.
Since its inception in 2001, the Micron Science and Technology Scholars program has positively impacted the lives of nearly 100 students by providing more than $1.5 million in scholarships and invaluable industry experience through mentorship and other opportunities. Throughout the years, 16 Virginia students in this program have attended some of the most prestigious universities in the country and been awarded $358,000.
As a part of the award, Micron also grants the scholars' high school $1,000 to use for science and technology programs. Micron has granted high schools a total of $92,000; Virginia schools have received $16,000.
Scholarships and grants are awarded annually only two students and high schools from each of the states of Idaho, Utah and Virginia. For complete list of scholarship recipients, biographies, and photographs, visit Micron's media kit at http://www.micron.com/media/2008mediakit/micron_scholars08.
Richard Alt II, of Falmouth, is first in his class at Stafford Senior High School. He has received numerous honors for his academic achievements and his leadership such as a 2007 Davidson Fellow, State winner of the 2007 Card Tribute Award, 2007 Harvard Prize Book Award winner and a National Merit Semifinalist. Richard was selected to represent Stafford High School at Boys' State where he achieved the Best Citizen Award and semifinalist in the Samsung American Legion Scholarship competition. He is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a National Honor Society member. Richard is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement courses in Statistics, Physics B, Human Geography, English Literature and Composition and Spanish language. He is also pursuing his own research through an Independent Study in Lead Pollution. Richard is captain of the SHS Debate team and Battle of the Brains team and received the VHSL Award of Excellence in Debate. As member of the Forensics team, he achieved All-District status in Forensics. Among his personal interests he is an amateur meteorologist and member of the American Meteorological Society in which he maintains a website that provides weather forecasting, data and a warning service for the community. Richard plans to attend Cornell University where he will study chemical engineering.
Sappho Gilbert, of McLean, has been heavily immersed in both school related and independent research as a student at Thomas Jefferson High School. She is a National Merit Semifinalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, member of the National Honor Society and president of TWIST (Tomorrow's Women in Science and Technology). Sappho has developed a program at Hybla Valley Elementary for an after-school group of girls at risk that utilizes motivation and interactive encouragement for third grade students in math and "Girl Power." This has become an annual hands-on event called "Techstravaganza." She is involved in several other clubs and organizations including student government, Students against Destructive Decisions and the Greek Orthodox Youth Association, acting as a community activities coordinator. She also holds varsity letter's in gymnastics, cross country and indoor track. Sappho plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will study chemical engineering.
About The Micron Science and Technology Program
The Micron Science and Technology Scholars program is designed to recognize and reward students who exhibit superior academic and leadership skills and to encourage their pursuit of careers in high technology. Along with superior academic skills, a student's community leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities is carefully considered during the unique interview process in which semi-finalists are flown to Micron's headquarters for a panel interview with company officers and Foundation representatives. The scholars program focuses on students planning to major in electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, physics or chemistry.
In addition to financial assistance, Micron offers scholars leadership and mentoring opportunities at its headquarters, located in Boise, June 25-27, 2008. Scholarship recipients interact with senior scientists, engineers and company officers while they participate in an on-site job-shadow program with their Micron mentors. All activities during their time at Micron are designed to help students explore their potential, forge new relationships, and discover the importance of teamwork and collaboration.
Scholarships are focused on students planning to major in electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, physics or chemistry. Along with superior academic skills, a student's community leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities is carefully considered during the unique interview process in which semi-finalists are flown to Micron's headquarters for a panel interview with company officers and Foundation representatives.
Applications for the program are available to high school students beginning in the fall of their senior year through high school counselors or the Internet, at www.micron.com/scholars. The 2009 postmark deadline for applications is January 21, 2009. Scholarship winners are announced each spring.
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc., is engaged in funding educational efforts and charitable activities. To learn more about the Micron Technology Foundation, visit its web site at www.micron.com/foundation.
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, NAND flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components, and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:MU). To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit www.micron.com.