A local corporation is funding a significant chunk of the education of two Alabama A&M students.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a Huntsville-based technology integrator, presented Alabama A&M University with a $100,000 payment as part of its STEM Stars Program.
This scholarship will be divided in half and used to fund the future STEM careers of two Alabama A&M students.
Walter Bowers IV, a student pursuing a career in engineering, thinks the scholarship is a dream come true.
“I’m very thankful, I’m blessed to be in this position,” Bowers said. “It’s going to jump start my life and my career and allow me to be out there even more with internships and job opportunities I can get upon graduating, so I’m just very thankful and very blessed again.”
Bowers said that he has wanted to be an engineer since he was a child, and this scholarship will help him achieve that goal.
According to Greg Fortier of SAIC, the Alabama A&M STEM program is a valuable benefit to the community, making it an easy choice for a donation recipient.
“It’s a hidden gem for us really in town. Alabama A&M is a fantastic university, it’s a unique STEM opportunity and STEM university for the community,” Bowers said. “As one of the largest components as defense contractors here in Huntsville, we’re always looking for that next generation of talent there at Alabama A&M.”