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Merrick and Company, a local engineering firm, has announced the award of the first Merrick Engineering Scholarship in collaboration with the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
Merrick awarded the scholarship to Santana Garcia-Chang of Los Alamos. Garcia-Chang is a 2011 graduate of Questa High School and is currently attending UNM-LA in pursuit of her civil engineering degree. Merrick Vice President and Los Alamos Office Manager Scott Gustafson and UNM-LA Dean of Instruction Dr. Kate Massengale presented the award.
Chairman and CEO Ralph W. Christie, Jr. and Vice President Nuclear Services and Technology John Buckle also represented Merrick.
Gustafson and UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page initiated the scholarship program on June 1, 2010. Both parties shared a mutual desire to attract engineering talent in Northern New Mexico in support of the Los Alamos National Laboratory mission.
The scholarship recognizes the shared goals of LANL, UNM-LA and Merrick. The scholarship will increase enrollment at UNM-LA and provide Merrick with degreed engineers.
Since most of Merrick’s Los Alamos office work supports LANL, the lab will directly benefit from the additional capabilities at Merrick. In addition, there is the expectation high school students interested in engineering will be encouraged to pursue the profession with the local financial support that is now available.
The incentive for such collaboration originates with the U.S. Department of Energy — Los Alamos National Security, LLC contract for management and operations of LANL.
The contract encourages LANS and their subcontractors to support Northern New Mexico through diverse initiatives, which include pro bono technical assistance to the region’s small businesses, support for civic and charitable organizations and financial and other support to northern New Mexico educational entities.
The scholarship program is for students pursuing a degree in civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering. In addition, scholarship recipients will be eligible to work as paid interns at Merrick in Los Alamos and other Merrick offices.
More information on the scholarship and an online application form visit la.unm.edu/SSC/scholarships.html.