HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Northrop Grumman Corporation representative Tommy Cauthen visited The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology recently to deliver a $2,500 check from the Northrop Grumman Foundation in support of minority students in engineering programs.
Cauthen, director of reporting and analysis for Northrop Grumman, said he is proud to be a part of the scholarship process. "It is with great pleasure that I present this check on behalf of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. The funding will provide opportunities for students in engineering disciplines to further their education,” said Cauthen. “Northrop Grumman has historically had a strong, long-term relationship with Southern Miss and a large number of Southern Miss alumni work at our Gulf Coast shipbuilding facilities. This funding is just a small part of the continuation of that relationship."
The College of Science and Technology will award the Northrop Grumman Foundation Scholarship to qualified students majoring in industrial engineering technology or a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field. Students will be selected based on academic performance, financial need and extracurricular activities such as academic competitions, workshop participations and professional presentations. The minimum semester scholarship award will be $750.
Dr. Joe Whitehead Jr., associate dean, said he is pleased the relationship with Northrop Grumman continues to increase opportunities for students at Southern Miss. “The College of Science and Technology and The University of Southern Mississippi commend Northrop Grumman for its continued support of Southern Miss students through scholarship and ultimately employment opportunities,” said Whitehead. “There is a national need to recruit and retain students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the Northrop Grumman funding helps address this need by expanding opportunities for underrepresented students in these areas of national need. The partnership between Northrop Grumman and Southern Miss is a successful model for providing educational and opportunities for the citizens of Mississippi.”
The College of Science and Technology has numerous scholarship opportunities available for students. For more information, contact LaTandra Cowan, scholarship coordinator, at
or on the Web, visit http://www.usm.edu/cost/scholarships.php. For more information about Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, on the Web, visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/about_us/shipbuilding.html.
Dr. Rex Gandy, left, dean of the College of Science and Technology, accepts a scholarship donation from Tommy Cauthen with Northrop Grumman Corp. to help fund student scholarships. (Southern Miss Photo)
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