Defense, environment, intelligence

Partners for Education & Business Announces 2020 CNY STEM Scholarship Winners


May 22, 2020

Syracuse, NY – Partners for Education & Business, Inc. (PEB), an affiliate of the Manufacturers Association (MACNY), today announced the 2020 CNY STEM Scholarship recipients.

For the first time in the history of the program, eight of the nine recipients are women, and four of the nine recipients are from the same high school. These winners represent the best and brightest in STEM in Central New York from the hundreds of applications submitted from high school seniors in seven surrounding counties.

SRC awarded three scholarships, valued at $20,000 each over four years, to three students, who are all from C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Elyssa Adams will be headed to Northeastern University, majoring in Computer Science; Allison Harry has been accepted into the Computer Science Program at RPI; and Breanna Murdock will be attending SUNY at Buffalo to major in Electrical Engineering. SRC has also increased the value of the scholarship (which includes two guaranteed paid internships) by adding a guaranteed offer of employment upon graduation (as long as the student remains in good standing in the program).

Kevin Hair, president and CEO of SRC, Inc. stated, “The majority of our STEM scholarship winners have become SRC employees and its proven to be a great home-grown pipeline of high caliber candidates. We look forward to making offers to Elyssa, Allison and Breanna in four years and wish all the scholarship winners the best in their pursuit of a STEM degree.”

TTM Technologies, Inc. (formerly known as Anaren) awarded two scholarships, valued at $8,000 each over four years, to two local students. Mary Buckingham, from Camden High School, will be majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Alfred State, and Daniel De Himer from Rome Free Academy will be attending Florida Institute of Technology to study Electrical Engineering.

INFICON awarded one scholarship, valued at $4,000 over four years, to Sarah Crovella from Fayetteville-Manlius High School. She is headed to Columbia University and will be majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

KING + KING awarded one scholarship, valued at $8,000 over four years, to Rachel Ragonese from C. W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Rachel, the fourth student to receive a scholarship from Baldwinsville, will study Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo.

LORETTO awarded two scholarships for students majoring in Nursing to Jade Dillenbeck from Tully High School and to Andrew Sumida from Jamesville-Dewitt High School. These students will receive $2,500 per year for four years.

The CNY STEM Scholarship Program, administered by PEB and the CNY STEM Hub, launched seven years ago to support high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in a field related to STEM. Local employers offer the scholarships to students majoring in areas that they recruit to fill open positions, and they agree to offer these students a paid internship in addition to the scholarship.

Marianne Ferris, Associate Director at PEB, and Coordinator of the CNY STEM Scholarship Program, reports that “given the caliber of students in this year’s pool of applicants, the decisions to select the scholarship recipients are extremely difficult. There has been an increase of girls entering STEM career pathways largely due to the schools’ increase in STEM-related activities. Females are starting to help each other as one of the recipients started the first all girls robotics team, encouraging other girls to join.”

Since the inception of the CNY STEM Scholarship Program, local employers have awarded 54 scholarships valued at a total of $594,000. Some of those original scholarship recipients are now working at the companies that sponsored their education.

About SRC

SRC, Inc. (@SRCDefense), a not-for-profit research and development company, combines information, science, technology and ingenuity to solve “impossible” problems in the areas of defense, environment and intelligence. Across a family of companies, SRC applies bright minds, fresh thinking and relentless determination to deliver innovative products and services that are redefining possible® for the challenges faced by America and its allies.

Since 1957, SRC’s commitment to the customer and the best solution – not the bottom line – has remained a core value that guides its efforts. This passion for quality carries through to the technologies the company invents and manufactures, the laboratories and facilities it builds, the people they hire, and communities where they work. Today, more than 1,600 engineers, scientists and professionals work together at SRC to protect people, the environment and our way of life.