Raytheon Awards 40 Scholarships To First Robotics Competitors From 18 States

September 29, 2015 – Raytheon Company will award $1,000 individual scholarships to 40 high school seniors or full-time college students who participated in a FIRST Robotics Competition or were a member of a FIRST Tech Challenge team. The scholarship recipients hail from Colorado, California, Alabama and 15 other states.

The 2015 Raytheon-FIRST Robotics Scholarship program is aimed at FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) alumni pursuing undergraduate education as math, science, engineering or technology majors. FIRST is a series of international robotics competitions for middle and high school students.

Raytheon, a longstanding supporter of the FIRST Robotics Competition and Tech Challenge, sponsors and mentors about 30 teams each year. Seventeen Raytheon-mentored teams were among 600 teams from around the world who competed at the international championship in St. Louis, Missouri, this spring. The company has offered the Raytheon-FIRST Robotics Scholarship since 2003; to date, the program has disbursed almost $500,000 in scholarships.

Colorado recipients:

  • Joshua Smith of Loveland, Colo., attending Colorado State University

  • Luke Waguespack of Conifer, Colo., attending School of Mines

  • Other recipients:

  • Alexander Anderson of Eagan, Minn., attending University of Rochester

  • Alaleh Azhir of New York, N.Y., attending Johns Hopkins University

  • Ameet Braganza of Santa Barbara, Calif., attending University of California: Los Angeles

  • Nicholas Capdevila of Huntington Beach, Calif., attending California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

  • Trevor Case of Palm Harbor, Fla., attending University of South Florida

  • Matthew Castleberry of Hampton Cove, Ala., attending Auburn University

  • Caroline Chu of Fullerton, Calif., attending Cornell University

  • Andrew Cordray of Owasso, Okla., attending Oklahoma State University

  • Keet Curtis of Bainbridge Island, Wash., attending University of Washington

  • Adam Dai of Santa Barbara, Calif., attending California Institute of Technology

  • Riley Davis of Lancaster, Mass., attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Benjamin Domae of Cerritos, Calif., attending University of California: Los Angeles

  • Carl Fee of Fairfield, Mont., attending Montana State University

  • Brian Healy of Ledyard, Conn., attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Seth Itow of Orange, Calif., attending University of Washington

  • Mitchell Johnson of Flower Mound, Texas, attending University of Texas at Austin

  • Claire Kerbs of Auburn, Wash., attending Washington State University

  • Erick Locke of Huntington Beach, Calif., attending University of California: Los Angeles

  • Blake Loncharich of Carmel, Ind., attending Webb Institute

  • Martine Montgomery of Fleming Island, Fla., attending Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Jeffrey Ng of Abington, Penn., attending University of Pennsylvania

  • Stephanie Niu of Marietta, Ga., attending Stanford University

  • Ryan Noe of East Peoria, Ill., attending Illinois Central College

  • Derek Nola of Clovis, Calif., attending California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo

  • Boris Perkhounkov of Iowa City, Iowa, attending Stanford University

  • Amanda Piergallini of Maple Glen, Penn., attending Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Rose Ridder of Port Townsend, Wash., attending Swarthmore College

  • Andrew Rink of Puyallup, Wash., attending Washington State University

  • Kent Roberts of Poway, Calif., attending University of California: Santa Cruz

  • Casey Schneider of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., attending University of California: San Diego

  • Joshua Schriever of Rock Rapids, Iowa, attending University of Northern Iowa

  • Richelle Smith of Los Altos, Calif., attending University of Southern California

  • Anthony Stuart of Los Angeles, Calif., attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Brian Su of Santa Barbara, Calif., attending Stanford University

  • Himakeerth Tammineedi of Edison, N.J., attending Carnegie Mellon University

  • Daniel Teal of Austin, Texas, attending University of Texas at Austin

  • Amanda Tenhoff of Eagan, Minn., attending University of St. Thomas

  • Andrew Zeller of Green Bay, Wis., attending University of Alabama

  • For more information about the Raytheon-FIRST Scholarship Program, please visit www.mathmovesu.com.