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A dozen students at the College of William and Mary are among the statewide recipients of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium's scholarships and fellowships for the 2008-09 school year, the consortium announced July 24.

In total, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) granted 77 students statewide a total of $330,100 in scholarships and fellowships. The 12 W&M students received a total of $51,000 according to a press release from the VSGC.

The consortium is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities (William and Mary, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and Hampton University), NASA, the Virginia Community College System, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research.

Students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and other fields of study related to aerospace are eligible to apply. The awards are decided by a committee of consortium representatives based on academic merit, academic potential and letters of reference. Proposals are also judged on the quality of the research and its relationship to NASA’s mission. Since the inception of the program in 1990, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 800 students.

Among the W&M awards:

· Two W&M students (Norah Bate and Alison Smith) received $8,500 undergraduate research scholarships. The awards are given to students pursuing any field of study with aerospace relevance and actively engaged in a research project.

· Six W&M students (Crystal Bertoncini, Meghan Revelle, John Leckey, Jennifer Camp, Cara Campbell and Daniel Pechkis) received $5,000 graduate research fellowships. The awards are given to for students pursuing any field of graduate study with aerospace relevance.

· Two W&M students (Elizabeth Lerberg and Rebecca Perrigan) received $1,000 teacher education STEM scholarships. These awards given to students in a track that leads to teacher certification in STEM at a pre-college setting.

· Two W&M students (David Rodriguez and Jeannette Mathieu) received $1,000 bridge STEM scholarships. The awards are given to incoming, first-year minority students majoring in a STEM field.