Press Release

Northrop Grumman Awards Grants to Central Florida Area Teachers to Support STEM Education Initiatives

By SpaceRef Editor
June 12, 2012
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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) has provided grants worth a total of $1,800 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational initiatives in schools in Central Florida.

Northrop Grumman awarded six individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to fund projects that increase student awareness of opportunities in STEM fields. The grants were open to teachers at any public or charter school with an open enrollment policy. Selection was based upon the proposed activity’s potential to engage students and the level of STEM focus.

The grant program was announced in recognition of National Engineers Week in mid-February and winners were notified in May. Grants must be used in the current calendar year to purchase equipment, supplies, publications or transportation related to the proposed STEM project.

The following teachers received the Northrop Grumman National Engineers Week STEM grants:

Paul Ackerman — East River High School (Orlando)
Julian Rivera — Orange Grove Middle Magnet School (Tampa)
M’Lisa Thompson — Wicklow Elementary School (Sanford)
Philippe Gamain — Astatula Elementary School (Astatula)
William Mays — Evans High School (Orlando)
Harlan Thrailkill — Conway Middle School (Orlando)

“Northrop Grumman is strongly dedicated to promoting STEM education in schools,” said Gordon R. Stewart, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Laser Systems business unit. “Getting more students interested in studying technical subjects in college will serve our nation’s business and economic success for years to come.”

The teacher grants reinforce Northrop Grumman’s commitment to STEM activities and educational initiatives. The company annually sponsors Worthwhile to Help High School Youth (WORTHY), a Northrop Grumman High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) program, and the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program, which provides academic-based scholarships to promising high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in engineering. Additionally, the company has sponsored outreach events, including a robotics competition, for local high school students during National Engineers Week.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.


Ellen Hamilton
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SpaceRef staff editor.