February 13, 2001

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
Gary Lietke, 503-725-2922

AeA Scholarships Offer New Opportunities for Students

PORTLAND - A new series of scholarships promise special assistance for under-represented Oregon ethnic minority and women students with mathematics and science interests and skills.

The Oregon Council of the American Electronics Association supports the $10,000 scholarships for freshmen entering college next fall. Top Oregon companies such as Intel, InFocus, Merix, DAT Services, Pixelworks, and Hewlett-Packard, sponsor the awards. Their goal is to recruit talented Oregon high school students into the state's best-paying employment sector with careers in engineering or computer science. Each $2,500 annual tuition award is renewable for up to four years of study. Targeted recipients include qualified African-American, Hispanic, Native American and female students from all parts of the state.

The scholarships are applicable for study at all of Oregon's public universities: Eastern Oregon University, La Grande; Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls; Oregon State University, Corvallis; Portland State University; Southern Oregon University, Ashland; the University of Oregon, Eugene; and Western Oregon University, Monmouth.

In addition, scholarship recipients will spend summers between academic years in paid internships with their sponsor company. A third benefit is a sponsor-assigned mentor who will provide real-world advice to the students throughout their academic careers.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2001. On-line application and details are now available from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Engineering and Computer Science at http://www.ous.edu/ocecs/scholarships.html.

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