March 11, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
Sources: Jennifer Bosze, Oregon Council of AeA, 503-624-6050
Gary Lietke, AeA Scholarship Program Manager at OUS, 503-725-2922

Deadline Extended for Top Scholarship Program

PORTLAND - High school seniors interested in engineering or computer science careers now have until March 15 to qualify for Oregon's premier scholarship/internship program.

Officials of the 2002 AeA Technology Scholarship Program said today they have extended the application deadline because of the 15-30 percent upsurge in freshmen enrollment in Oregon's public universities next fall.

"With competition so keen for the available scholarship and financial aid funds, we want to assure maximum access to this opportunity," said Jennifer Bosze, executive director of the Oregon Council of AeA, scholarship sponsors.

"We're excited to be able to help more students who are interested in engineering and computer science careers," she said.

The AeA scholarships provide awards of $2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years. They can be used at any of Oregon's seven pubic universities. Women and under-represented minority students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Those selected to receive the scholarship also earn paid internships with some of the state's leading companies, including Intel, Hewlett Packard and InFocus Corporation.

"The scholarship is worth much, much more than the advertised $2,50 per year," says Becky Van Wormer, one of 79 current recipients and a sophomore in electrical engineering at Oregon State University.

"It provides a wealth of experience that a freshman student can get nowhere else."

"Without this scholarship, I wouldn't be able to go to school and I wouldn't be gaining the knowledge, experience and friendships necessary to start my future career as an electrical engineer."

AeA (formerly, the American Electronics Association) is the nation's largest trade association representing the high-tech industry.

Details and on-line application forms are available at

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