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Aeronautics scholarship winners announced

Washington -- The U.S. space agency says it has selected 25 graduate and undergraduate students to receive an Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year.

The two-year-old scholarship program is designed to help students enrolled in fields of study with applications promising to aeronautics.

"If NASA is to help solve the aviation challenges of the 21st century, we are going to need input from fresh, well-trained and motivated students entering the aeronautics arena," said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. "Our goal is to encourage and foster these students to continue with their interest in aviation and apply what they learn to our research efforts."

Undergraduate scholarship winners will receive $15,000 per year to cover tuition costs for two years and a $10,000 stipend during a summer internship with NASA. Graduate scholarship winners will receive approximately $35,000 per year for as many as three years and $10,000 stipends for as many as two summer internships. All recipients must continue to meet the academic standards of the universities they attend.

The scholarship recipients' names and other information are available on an interactive map of the United States at http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/aeronautics_scholarships.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

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