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Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship Opportunities

FAIRBORN, Ohio – January 14, 2020 – Applications are now available for a number of scholarships supported by the Society of American Military Engineers Kittyhawk Post. 
The Kittyhawk Post grants scholarships annually to encourage students in the Post’s region (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) to pursue careers in fields related to the Society’s mission - engineering, architecture, construction, facilities management and environmental management/science. The program is designed to cover all levels of post-high-school education to include baccalaureate, and graduate degrees. The number and value of scholarships awarded may vary from year to year, thanks in part to donations from many of the Posts Sustaining (private industry) members. Grants are unrestricted, and they are usually offered at $1000 to $1500.

Scholarships are open to all qualifying local students whose applications are received by the April 2, 2020 deadline.  The Post’s Major General Barnes, April Lewis, and sustaining member scholarships are intended to assist current college students and 2020/21 entering freshmen in fields related to the Society’s mission including engineering, architecture, construction, facilities management, and environmental management/science. The Post’s Timothy Curtis scholarship is designed to aid students with at least one year of full-time work experience who are returning to school to pursue an advanced engineering degree or architecture degree, or to make a career change into these fields.

Detailed descriptions for these scholarships, as well as application forms and procedures, can be found on the Post’s website and questions can be directed to the Education Committee chair, Ms. Nadja Turek, (937) 531-1287
The Society of American Military Engineers leads collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges. It is the premier professional association for military, public, private, and academic professionals in the architecture, engineering, construction (A/E/C), facility management and environmental fields, working towards America’s national security. The Kittyhawk Post, based out of Fairborn, Ohio, holds their monthly programs at the Hope Hotel, adjacent to Wright Patterson AFB.

It is the intent of the Kittyhawk Post to grant scholarships annually to encourage students in the Post’s region (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) to pursue careers in fields related to the Society’s mission - engineering, architecture, construction, facilities management and environmental management/science. The program is designed to cover all levels of post-high-school education to include associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees. The number and value of scholarships awarded may vary from year to year, but are typically in the $15,000 range, awarded to 9 to 12 recipients. Learn more about our scholarships.

  • Science Fair Judging:

Our members support local schools’ educational activities in science and engineering by providing judges for science fairs. Our Post members judge at District science fairs in the Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati areas. Our Post also awards two prizes at the West District Science Fair annually:

  • The Eric Su Yong Goltz Best Environmental Project Award ($150)
  • Best Engineering Project Award ($150)

If you would like to contact our Post regarding judges please contact Shawn Moore. Note, you can also request judges from WPAFB via the base STEM Outreach office here.

  • Stebbins High School Field Trip

For many years the Kittyhawk Post has supported the Engineering Program at Stebbins High School. The Post also plans a field day shortly after they are admitted to the program but before they are released for the summer. Typically supported by one or two of the sustaining members, the day features visits to architecture-engineering firms in the local area, a construction site visit on Wright Patterson Air Force Base and a visit to other base organizations.

  • TechFest

SAME Kittyhawk Post is a member of the Affiliate Societies Council (ASC), the consortium of technical professional societies that puts on TechFest each February at Sinclair Community College. The Kittyhawk Post provides financial support and volunteers to support the FREE event held at Sinclair College. SAME partners with ASCE to man the extremely popular “gumdrop construction zone” booth, which allows kids of all ages to build creations from their imagination out of gumdrops and toothpicks, while we also explained a few simple structural principles.

The TechFest features educational outreach to youth of the Miami Valley area and for students throughout Ohio through its program of STEM exhibits and interactions. The 70+ STEM exhibits are voluntarily manned/staffed by ASC members, like SAME and other sponsoring organizations, with common interests in cultivating engineering career paths for youth.

Techfest is held each Presidents Day weekend, is FREE to attend, and typically hosts 4000+ total attendees.

 

 

  • Other Opportunities

Our members are active in our community encouraging STEM in countless ways - Mathcounts, Engineer’s Week Demonstrations, Starbase, Scouting, Destination Imagination, FIRST Robotics are just a few.  If you are looking for an engineer to speak in your classroom or to your group, please contact Shawn Moore and he may be able to match you with a SAME member.

  • Other Resources
  • The Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) Educational Outreach office has many more resources on their website, including STEM Programs and events, youth jobs on the base, job shadowing, camps, outreach events and materials, and scholarships. The office is not affiliated with SAME.
  • Several of our members are Wizards of Wright (WOW!), a program administered by the WPAFB Educational Outreach office. If you are an educator looking for an expert to visit your classroom, the WOW! program offers WPAFB experts to visit your classroom and present demonstrations and hands-on activities. Their goals include helping teachers meet STEM objectives in their curriculum, as well as introducing students to Air Force personnel and exciting STEM career ideas. Demos are typically limited to a 35 mile radius of WPAFB. They also have demonstration materials educators can use themselves, and offer WOW! TV (videos), and DIY activies. Visit the WOW! website for more information and contact information.