Virginia State University Receives $100,000 Commitment From Newport News Shipbuilding

Virginia State University Receives $100,000 Commitment From Newport News Shipbuilding

The donation has established a program for VSU engineering students to receive scholarships and access to career advancement opportunities.

Virginia State University is pleased to announce that HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has generously pledged $100,000 over five years to the university to establish the Newport News Shipbuilding Scholars Program. This program aims to provide financial assistance and mentorship to underrepresented students pursuing engineering and related degrees at VSU.

The Newport News Shipbuilding Scholars Program will provide much-needed support to students who may face financial barriers. The program will offer scholarships to cover educational expenses, as well as mentorship and internship opportunities with professionals in the engineering industry. This will help students achieve their academic goals and provide them with valuable experience and connections as they enter the workforce.

"We are thrilled to receive this donation from Newport News Shipbuilding, which will significantly impact the lives of our students," said Tonya Hall, Vice President of External Relations. "This program will not only provide financial assistance but also open doors for underrepresented students in the engineering field. We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion at VSU, and this donation will help us achieve that goal."

According to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, women and minorities are historically underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering. This donation from Newport News Shipbuilding will help to address this issue by providing opportunities for underrepresented students to pursue their passion for engineering and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive industry.

"Newport News Shipbuilding is excited to be part of VSU's commitment to 'Greater Happens Here.' As shipbuilders, we understand what it means to be part of something greater, and this is another way we are investing to develop our future talent," said Tom Cosgrove, Manager for External Affairs for Newport News Shipbuilding and a member of the VSU Board of Visitors. "The Newport News Shipbuilding Scholars Program symbolizes our commitment to fostering innovation, diversity and excellence in higher learning. Together, we will empower the next generation of engineers."

VSU is excited to collaborate with Newport News Shipbuilding on this new program and looks forward to the achievements of its future Newport News Shipbuilding Scholars.