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Alexandria High School Student Earns $5K STEM Scholarship From Aerospace Corporation

Zachary Roberts (Photo courtesy Aerospace Corporation)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Zachary Roberts, a rising senior at Alexandria City High School, has earned a $5,000 scholarship from the Aerospace Corporation, based in Chantilly. The Future STEM Leaders Scholarship will support Roberts in his education at a four-year college or university.

Only four other students nationwide received the invitation-only scholarship, which honors Dr. Wanda M. Austin, the corporation’s former president and CEO, who promoted STEM education.

According to a press release, Roberts’ wants to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerospace engineering. As an ACHS student, he participates in robotics competitions.

In addition to the scholarship’s monetary value, each student is matched with an aerospace mentor to help him or her go through the college journey and navigate the job market post-graduation. During college, the five recipients will participate in a paid internship with the Aerospace Corporation.

“This scholarship is awarded to first-generation college students in participating Aerospace locations who showcase academic excellence, community participation, and pursuit of an undergraduate STEM degree,” reads the release.

The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit with four locations throughout the United States. The research center, funded by the federal government, employs more than 4,600 people. Founded in 1960, it works to solve complex problems related to the Space Force.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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