Nine students awarded Lockheed Martin scholarships

Published 07.28.2021

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Lockheed Martin Corp. has awarded vocational scholarships of $6,600 each to nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

The students are among 150 to receive financial assistance toward their pursuit of associate degrees, credit-bearing certificates or industry-recognized credentials in cutting-edge technology and advanced manufacturing fields. Penn College had the second-highest number of awardees in the Lockheed Martin Vocational Training Scholarship program, a first of its kind within the aerospace and defense industries.

“I was pleased to see Lockheed Martin’s awarding of scholarships to so many Penn College students,” said Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies. “This recognizes the critical role the college plays in bolstering America’s skilled technical workforce, and the focus our students have on building the future.”
Lockheed MartinThe students, their hometowns and majors include:

Michael F. Christian, of Warminster, automotive technology; Caleb D. Coots, of Tioga, metal fabrication technology; Jacob P. Eames, of Schwenksville, manufacturing engineering technology; Jonah M. Hartman, of Jersey Shore, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Ellissa R. Kunkel, of Kempton, welding technology; Devin C. Page, of Pine City, New York, welding technology; Asher E. Sutton, of Blue Bell, mechatronics technology; and Zak R. Underkoffler, of Tower City, automotive technology.

A ninth recipient, enrolled in aviation maintenance technology, did not consent to publication.

“We are thankful for the support from Lockheed Martin for our students,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations. “Not only will these funds greatly help our students as they pursue their degrees, but it is another way that Lockheed Martin can show the value of hands-on technology education from Penn College.”

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Through such initiatives as the $6,600 Vocational Training Scholarship awards and $10,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholarships, Lockheed Martin is donating more than $6.5 million to students in need this year – furthering a 2018 initiative to create 8,000 new workforce development programs and invest $50 million in educational enrichment programs.

“Lockheed Martin's STEM and Vocational Scholarships are important ways we prepare for the national security needs of the future, by creating opportunity for students today,” said Greg Karol, senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “We are committed to expanding STEM education access for students and creating employment pathways for those with diverse backgrounds, experiences, education levels and perspectives. A future workforce with advanced critical skills will define our national progress. That’s why we’re pleased to partner with Pennsylvania College of Technology in our mission to inspire a new generation of talent that can help us drive technological innovation forward.”

The School of Engineering Technologies is the largest of the three schools that comprise Penn College, with divisions devoted to diesel technology and natural resources, industrial and computer technologies, construction and architectural technologies, materials science and engineering technologies, and transportation. For information about its majors, call 570-327-4520.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.