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Poquoson, Thomas Jefferson and York High Schools Each Receive Additional $1,000 Grant for Science and Technology Programs
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., announced today Virginia high school seniors Michael Lin, Sarah Marzen, and Catherine Pao will each receive a $16,500 scholarship as a part of the Micron Science and Technology Scholars program. Micron will honor Lin of York High School and New Horizons Governor's School for Science and Technology, Marzen of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and Pao of Poquoson High School during a leadership and mentoring week at its headquarters and an awards banquet in June with Micron CEO Steve Appleton and other company and Foundation leaders.
Since its inception in 2001, the annual Micron Science and Technology Scholars program has positively impacted the lives of 86 students by providing more than $1.5 million in scholarships and invaluable industry experience through mentorship and other opportunities. Throughout the years, 14 Virginia students in this program have attended some of the most prestigious universities in the country and been awarded $308,000.
As a part of the award, Micron also grants the scholars' high school $1,000 to use for science and technology programs. Micron has granted high schools a total of $64,000; Virginia schools have received $14,000.
Scholarships and grants are awarded to thirteen students and high schools from the states of Colorado, Idaho, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Scholarships are distributed to students in four equal payments during their college career. For complete list of scholarship recipients, biographies, and photographs, visit Micron's media kit at
Michael Lin, of Yorktown, plans to study engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is ranked second in his class despite his 4.0 GPA and perfect SAT score. Lin attends both York High School and the New Horizons Governor's School for Science and Technology (a part day program). He is a National Merit Semifinalist, winner of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Award, and the College of William and Mary Leadership Award. He won fourth place in the National High School Mathematics Championship, first place in the Regional Science Fair in the Physics Division, and is an AP Scholar with honor. He is president of the math honors society, head coach of a middle school MathCounts team, and Microsoft Certified Professional for Windows 2000 server systems. He also writes for the school newspaper, attended Boys State, and enjoys music, ballroom dancing and creative writing.
Sarah Marzen, of McLean, plans to study physics at the California Institute of Technology. As a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, Va.), Marzen has been heavily immersed in both school related and independent research, garnering a variety of awards including third best physic project at state, Grand Prize Nominee and first regionally for physics, International Society of Optical Engineers Award for Best Optics Project, Optical Society of America Outstanding Project Award, Yale University Award for Best Junior Project at states, second place for patent office, recognition by the CIA, and a Certificate of Merit from the Virginia Dental Association. She has competed nationally on the varsity math team, as well as in the Future Problem Solving Competition. She has co-founded and helped to run two organizations, the Nanotechnology Club and Tomorrow's Women in Science and Technology. Marzen is a National Merit Semifinalist and received the Siemens Award for highest scoring girl in the state on Science Advanced Placement exams. She is an accomplished violinist and poet, a three-time National Latin Exam gold medalist, and competes on both the varsity swim team and the varsity cross country team.
Catherine Pao, of Poquoson, plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she plans to simultaneously receive a degree from the Wharton School of Business. She ranks number one in her class at Poquoson High School and has a perfect SAT score. She attended the Virginia Summer Residential Governor's School for Math, Science and Technology and the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in Math, Science, and Technology. She has competed in the Old Dominion University Great Computer Challenge Desktop Publishing Competition, the National Technical Association Math Contest, and the Christopher Newport University High School Math Contest where she placed first, third and third respectively. She competed in the American Math Competition, the Virginia Math League, and was an AIME qualifier and the top scorer at her school. Pao has conducted three different research projects, two with the Thomas Jefferson Lab National Accelerator Facility, where she gained rich hands-on experience. She is an accomplished musician, artist, volunteer, and runner.
About Micron Technology Foundation, Inc.
The Micron Science and Technology Scholars (MSTS) program is designed to recognize and reward students excelling in academic and leadership skills and to encourage their pursuit of careers in high technology. In addition to financial assistance, Micron offers these scholars leadership and mentoring opportunities through the Technology Adventures and Leadership Learning Week (TALL Week), June 17-22, 2007.
TALL Week begins by engaging students in leadership and team-building activities ranging from ropes courses to mountain biking and white water rafting in central Idaho. The week culminates at Micron’s headquarters, located in Boise, where scholarship recipients interact with senior scientists, engineers and company officers while they participate in an on-site job-shadow program with their Micron mentors. All activities during TALL Week are designed to help students explore their potential, forge new relationships, and discover the importance of teamwork and collaboration.
Scholarships are focused on students planning to major in electrical engineering, computer engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, material science, physics or chemistry. Along with superior academic skills, a student’s community leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities is carefully considered during the unique interview process in which semi-finalists are flown to Micron’s headquarters for a panel interview with company officers and Foundation representatives.
Applications for the MSTS program are available to high school students beginning in the fall of their senior year through high school counselors or the Internet, at http://www.micron.com/scholars . The 2008 postmark deadline for applications is January 20, 2008. Scholarship winners are announced each spring.
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc., is engaged in funding educational efforts and charitable activities. To learn more about the Micron Technology Foundation, visit its web site at http://www.micron.com/foundation .
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, NAND flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components, and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit http://www.micron.com.
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