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USRA Announces 2011 Scholarship Winners

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce the 2011 winners of the annual USRA Scholarships. As the 2011 awardees, USRA's selection committee has chosen an outstanding group of students in physical science and engineering disciplines from colleges across the US. The winners of this year's USRA Scholarships are:

Ms. Amanda Bjorkland, a junior in Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, won the Thomas R. McGetchin Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Mathew Miller, a senior in Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, won the John R. Sevier Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Andrew Brandel, a double major in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Washington, won the James B. Willett Educational Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Keegan McCoy, a double major in Electrical Engineering and Physics at the Pennsylvania State University, won the USRA Education Scholarship

"This program is an excellent example of USRA's efforts supporting education and workforce development in the fields of space science and aerospace technology," stated Dr. Hussein Jirdeh, USRA's Director of University Relations, "We anticipate the new ideas and fresh perspectives that these outstanding students will bring to the field of space science research and engineering."

The USRA Scholarship Program is an annual award program that provides college scholarships to outstanding students who have a career interest in the physical sciences or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education. Information on the USRA scholarship program is available at here .

Founded in 1969, USRA is an independent research corporation with competencies that span space, Earth, and life sciences related disciplines, which are closely aligned with the nation's science and national security agencies. As a non-profit corporation with 105 major research university members, USRA's scientific and technical staff collaborate with over 400 universities annually. This depth of reach into the research community provides a unique platform for advancing science and technology.