The Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship Award
Citzens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) is pleased to announce that Mr. Andrew Petrarca is the recipient of the fifth annual Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship. As the winner of the 2008 Maher Scholarship, Matthew was presented a $5,000 award at the CNTA's 17th Annual Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet on November 12, 2008.
Mr. Presson is a Junior Mechanical Engineering student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
Matthew has distinguished himself academically and in work assignments with Westinghouse Electric Company during the summer of 2007, where he learned and experienced how nuclear fuel is processed, packaged, and shipped. This year he holds a summer co-op position at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville SC.
After his undergraduate studies are completed, he plans to attend graduate school for a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering, and hopes to work at a nuclear-power-generating utility or to conduct research in the nuclear field.
CNTA wishes Mr. Presson much luck in his future endeavors.
URS Washington Division and its URS partners sponsor this scholarship, which honors Bob Maher, who worked at the Savannah River Site in key managerial roles for 48 years until his unexpected death in 2002.
To be eligible for the Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen;
- Candidate must be enrolled as a junior or senior in a university or college within South Carolina or Georgia;
- Candidate must have at least a "B" average overall grade and a "B" average in science/engineering and mathematics, as a minimum, for college level course work; and
- Candidate must be pursuing a B.S. degree in a nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or an engineering or science discipline that is directly related to the nuclear field.
Previous winners of the award include:
- 2007 - Mr. Matthew Presson (University of South Carolina)
- 2006 - Ms. Emily Colvin (Georgia Tech)
- 2005 - Mr. James Weathers (Georgia Tech)
- 2004 - Mrs. Kara Beharry (South Carolina State)
- 2003 - Mr. Christopher J. Fong, Atlanta GA (Georgia Tech)
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