Press Release

NASA’s Marshall Center Employee Organization Awards Four Scholarships

By SpaceRef Editor
August 11, 2011
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The Marshall Association, a professional, employee service organization at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has awarded scholarships to four college-bound children of association members.

Matthew Volz, Maria Torres, Hanna Hicks, and Robert Pendley, all children of Marshall Center team members, received Marshall Association scholarships recently. 2011 awards totaled $3,000.

The Marshall Association, which includes civil service employees, retirees and contractors, provides informal networking and community-building opportunities for members. In addition to the annual college scholarship competition, the association sponsors a speaker program addressing topics of interest to Marshall Center workers.

Membership dues and donations are used by the association to provide the annual monetary awards in technical and nontechnical fields of study. To be considered, students must submit scholarship applications. Winners are chosen by a team of Marshall Association members.

Applicants are judged on classroom performance, SAT and or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, community involvement and an essay on what they want to be doing 10 years from now.

“This is an extremely bright group of young people,” said Dan Schumacher, President of the Marshall Association. “We congratulate these students, and we are delighted to provide these scholarships to help them continue their education.”

About the award recipients

Matthew Volz, son of Martin and Susan Volz, is a graduate of Virgil I. Grissom High School in Huntsville and plans to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he will study physics and engineering.

East Limestone High School graduate Maria Torres, daughter of Pablo and Maria Torres, plans to study engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Robert Pendley, son of Earl and Lori Pendley, graduated from Brewer High School in Morgan County, Ala., and plans to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he will study political science and Spanish.

Hanna Hicks, daughter of Shawn and Kellie Hicks, plans to attend Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala., to study elementary education and library science. Hanna is a graduate of Hazel Green High School in Hazel Green, Ala.

SpaceRef staff editor.