NSTEC AGAIN FUNDS $50,000 NATIONAL SECURITY SCHOLARSHIP AT UNLV
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – National Security Technologies (NSTec) is funding a $50,000 scholarship at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) again in 2015 to help meet the increasing demand for scientists, engineers and technical professionals, the company announced today.
The “NSTec National Security Scholarship” assists selected students in UNLV’s Howard Hughes College of Engineering and College of Sciences, and promotes research and development in selected subject areas. NSTec is the management and operating contractor for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.
“As a company, we recognize the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to the national security of the United States,” said Raymond J. Juzaitis, NSTec President. “This collaboration between NSTec and UNLV is already developing students in scientific, engineering and technical fields at all degree levels, preparing them to transition directly into the workforce. We want to prepare UNLV students for positions not only at the NNSS, but in the federal research laboratories, private industry, government and academia.”
He noted that the national security posture of the United States and the mission of the NNSS have changed dramatically since the days of the Cold War, with less emphasis on building weapons systems and more emphasis on ensuring the continued confidence in the U.S. nuclear stockpile, countering terrorism and preventing nuclear proliferation. Key objectives of the scholarship are to attract students to UNLV and provide them with opportunities to get an education that prepares them for careers in national security, he added.
“We have begun to leverage the UNLV collaborative research and education (CoRE) program concept to develop undergraduate certificates, graduate certificates, and degree concentrations in national security-related areas,” he added. “These concentrations might include nuclear science, nuclear operations, consequence management, remote sensing, cyber and energy security, as well as nuclear, biological and chemical nonproliferation.
Juzaitis added that the program includes an opportunities for students to augment their degrees with internships at NSTec, 10 of which are being funded by the company in 2015.
The company executes vital national security missions at the NNSS and its related facilities, including nuclear weapons science; global and homeland security programs; nuclear non-proliferation; nuclear and radiological sensing and emergency response; as well as environmental management.
“Continued funding of this scholarship is a significant step in attracting the best and the brightest students in to engineering disciplines with a complete package of scholarships, internships, and possibly a job when the student graduates,” said Dr. Rama Venkat, dean of the College of Engineering at UNLV. “This is a great program for recruitment and workforce development in an area of economic importance to the country and the state. This program stands as a testimonial to how NSTec is a great partner for UNLV.”
Officials with the College of Sciences are equally enthusiastic about the continuation of the scholarship.
“We are proud to continue working with National Security Technologies in offering these important scholarships to our students,” said Timothy L. Porter, dean of the College of Sciences. “Careers in the scientific and mathematical disciplines are expanding nationwide, and these awards will allow our students to work on their disciplinary studies at UNLV while engaging in work at NSTec relating to national security priorities.”
The scholarship was first offered in 2014. To qualify for the scholarship, students:
- Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at UNLV in the College of Engineering or the College of Sciences; or a graduate certificate in Nuclear Criticality Safety through the College of Engineering.
- Must be enrolled in full-time coursework each semester.
- As incoming freshmen, must have a 3.5 weighted grade point average (GPA) or higher, and college students, must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, and maintain it for the duration of the scholarship term.
- Must be a U.S. citizen, and proof of citizenship will be required prior to award.
- The deadline for application submissions this year is April 24.
The deadline for application submissions this year is April 24.
The scholarship was established through a Memorandum of Understanding between NSTec and UNLV, and is administered through the UNLV Foundation. Disbursements from the fund are made in accordance with policies established by the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education and with policies of the Board of Trustees of the UNLV Foundation.
NSTec President Ray Juzaitis talks at a luncheon announcing the scholarship.
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